New game studio Starlight Games announced, first projects revealed

April 24, 2024 by No Comments

New game studios pop up almost weekly these days, as the games industry experiences a kind of decentralization of development talent, if you will. These new studio announcements don’t always look like mine, but for a developer Starlight Games Kya Starlight is a new studio based in Liverpool, United Kingdom with an impressive cast of senior leadership. It also features WipEout co-creator Nick Burcombe, and Skate co-creator Andy Santos, who also worked on the Resident Evil franchise, and PS VR2’s Horizon: Call of the Mountain. Starlight Games was founded by Gary Nichols, himself a student of former WipEout creator Psygnosis.

Starlight Games will develop its games on Unreal Engine 5, including its first project, House of Golf 2, which is releasing this summer for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S. It’s a mini-golf title with over 100 courses, weekly tournaments, and local four-player multiplayer. Hopefully they can find a way to add in online multiplayer as well.

Looking further ahead, Starlight also teased two other projects currently in development – a futuristic sports title directed by Burcombe, and a tactical sci-fi roguelite action game. The team is also building some Unreal Engine Fortnite experiences if that’s your cup of tea. All three games look interesting, but it’s the futuristic game that I find the most interesting. It looks like it’ll be a while before we learn more about it, but check out the upcoming House of Golf 2 trailer below.

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