Activision in casual gaming alliance with Irish start-up

15 Jan 2009

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An Irish games publishing company led by ex-DemonWare founder Dylan Collins has launched a new browser-based game title — Legends of Zork — with Activision.

Collins sold DemonWare two years ago to Activision for an estimated €15m, and has since then kept his activities under wraps – until now.

His company Jolt Online Gaming’s new title Legends of Zork focuses on the fast-growing casual gaming market, specifically browser-based gaming, as well as on mobile devices.

LegendsofZork.com will provide online gamers with a persistent online adventure, playable from any internet browser.

Players take up the role of a recently laid-off salesman and part-time loot-gatherer, as he explores the Great Underground Empire. Designed to provide gamers with a casual massively multiplayer (MMO) game they can play on their laptop, desktop or Apple iPhone (in school, work or on the bus). There’s nothing to download, just go to www.legendsofzork.com.

“As a complete Zork geek, I’m very proud to be releasing this title,” stated Dylan Collins, CEO of Jolt Online gaming.

“Anyone who plays MMOs will definitely like to spend some time with Legends of Zork while they’re taking a break or browsing around the web. It’s very addictive.”

Collins founded his previous company DemonWare while a student at TCD, along with his friend Sean Blanchfield. The company’s software powered top-selling games such as Call of Duty, Saint’s Row and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas on platforms such as Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3.

By John Kennedy

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