Justin appeared on my radar over a year ago and we've been in contact on and off since then. While discussing the details of starting a video game company and developing the initial game concept, I proposed that he offer the opportunity to University of Advancing Technology (UAT) students to design the prototype through the UAT Game Studios program that I co-teach. Justin loved the idea and dove right in.
He and Socent Studios, his vehicle for The Deadliest War, relocated to Phoenix and successfully pitched the concept to the students at UAT last December. They begin pre-production this week with an initial release plan of 15 weeks to try out features and design ideas.
As enthusiastic as I am about this project and the potential opportunities for Game CoLab, UAT students, and ultimately to raise awareness of and end the conflict in the Congo, to fully appreciate his passion and vision you must hear directly from Justin. He's recapped the exciting journey in his blog post: Greenlit.
Now that Justin's in town, I hope you'll get to know him and this project more and I'm excited to not only have more people get into games, but have more games get into Phoenix!
2016 is starting off to be an excellent year and this is just the tip of the iceberg. We, at Game CoLab, wish you a productive and successful year and look forward to seeing you around.