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April 16, 2018

What’s Your Story – future plans to keep moving out progressive game

It started slow-moving with the discharge of Pocket Gems’ Event in 2013, however the fast-growing mother nature of the marketplace for interactive report applications was underlined by Pixelberry’s successful 2016 release of Alternatives: Reviews You Play and the developer’s subsequent acquisition by Nexon.

Both video games now sit fairly in the US top 30 top grossing charts and both also broke into the top 10 during January.

Yet Ludia CEO Alex Thabet looks in other places when citing creativity for the Montreal developer’s just-released interactive narrative game What’s Your Story Hack.

“Kim Kardashian: Hollywood was a game that broke new earth,” he says of Glu’s celebrity-based hit.

And it’s an attempt to expand the scope of narrative storytelling by incorporating accessible IP with extras such as customisable avatars that characterises Ludia’s methodology.

“You want to take the best of the existing game titles and create something new,” Thabet says.

Something for everyone

Given the business’s past use licensed IP which range from Jurassic Park and Battlestar Galactica to The Price is Right and Family Feud, it’s no real surprise Ludia is heavily leveraging its skills in creating game titles with big entertainment brands.

In the end, that model was already proved successful with Episode working with brands such as Demi Lovato, Means Young ladies and currently Pitch Perfect.

What’s Your Story Cheats offers a far more interesting and balanced mixture of IP; something that’s been chosen to charm to a wide audience, both in conditions of gender and hobbies. This is backed in-app as players create an avatar at the start of each report and can always choose male or female options.

The overall game launches with experiences set in the worlds of Beverly Hills 90210, Scream, Task Runway and Divergent, with plenty more to follow over coming weeks.

Thabet says early feedback from soft launch exposed players tended to stick within one report so an integral concentrate since has gone to integrate mechanics that cause them to become play across experiences.

Of course, with only four testimonies at launch, it’s more likely Project Runway lovers will enjoy Beverly Hills 90210, while those who embrace the horror mystery of Scream should find similar pleasure in Divergent’s dystopian setting up.

An extended read

Employing these cross-story aspects and adding more content, scheduled to players were consuming it faster-than-expected, pushed back again the game’s introduction two months.

More generally, the size of the project can be seen from the excess features including the potential to customise your avatar with clothes and accessories, an in-game messaging system that introduces a new directness and cadence to the storytelling, as well as extras such as what Thabet phone calls “fun emotional profiling” that derived from a player’s in-game actions.

For example, in the Divergent storyline, your choices bring about the game letting you know which of the world’s five factions you’d be. “It’s a lttle bit of fun, and the players think it’s great,” he points out.

Yet away from such inventions, it’ll be the force to keep producing high quality content that will be Ludia’s main concern over the coming a few months. It’s increased the development team four-fold and dealing with the usual selection of entertainment-honed authors to ensure requirements are maintained.

Three-horse race

Certainly it will be interesting to see how the game competes in a market dominated by two well-established headings. Thabet says he believes there’s enough progress in the sector and enough hunger from players to see several such game for everybody to find success.

And with future plans to keep rolling out impressive game features during 2018 alongside a lot more IP-based content, it looks like What’s Your Story? already has a good beginning and middle for its own narrative arc.

What’s Your Story Cheats is out now on the App Store and Yahoo Play.