Une nouvelle constellation prend de plus en plus forme dans l’espace vidéoludique. Tout au moins depuis cinq ans l’éditeur hollandais Iceberg Interactive s’impose petit à petit sur le créneau des 4X avec une nuée de titres, le prochain étant après Endless Space l’intrigant et joli Endless Legend des parisiens d’Amplitude Studios, qui sera suivi par Star Drive 2 (duquel on sait encore peu de choses), Lords of the Black Sun (aussi en phase early access), ou encore Horizon (en bêta sur Steam lui aussi depuis quelques mois). Dans des registres voisins aux conquêtes spatiales on notera en outre le curieux Starship Corporation (une simulation en temps réel de construction de vaisseaux spatiaux), ou par exemple Starpoint Gemini 2 (un tactical space simulator option RPG qui devrait bientôt sortir de la bêta).
Iceberg Interactive a aussi à son catalogue d’autres genres de jeux, simulation aérienne, aventure ou action, mais c’est principalement vers les étoiles que l’éditeur semble continuer de se diriger cette année.
Haarlem, The Netherlands – May 21, 2014 – During the past five years and through one of the toughest periods in recent economic history, Iceberg Interactive has strived to become a major force in PC game publishing by striking a rich vein of gold in the dark reaches of space and fantasy. By concentrating on a small number of niche genres that continue to grow in popularity including space and fantasy worlds, 4X, strategy, and simulation, Iceberg Interactive is celebrating its fifth year of growth with its biggest, most impressive line-up to date.
Headlining the five-game 2014 roster is Amplitude Studios’ fantasy-based 4X game Endless Legend, the 4X space strategy title StarDrive 2, the space sim Starpoint Gemini 2, the 4X space strategy title Lords of the Black Sun, and the arcade combat flight game, Vector Thrust, the majority of which are currently in Steam’s Early Access program.
Since its inception in 2009, Iceberg Interactive has carved out a unique niche as a resilient, resourceful, and fleet-footed indie publisher. By taking risks with rookie developers, managing its costs wisely, and investing in genres that big publishers have left for dead, Iceberg has positioned itself as a leader in the 4X, sci-fi, and strategy genres.
“Iceberg’s progress to date stems from the fact that we are all gamers, and we like to play the games we publish – this gives us a certain affinity with our customers – we are all about games, and it reflects in the deep, rich games we publish,” says Erik Schreuder, CEO of Iceberg Interactive. “The demand for strategy, 4X, and space games never stops. It’s just that most of the larger publishers feel that, because these games aren’t multi-million unit sellers, they are not commercially viable. This is where we see our opportunity. PC gamers are a very vocal lot, and have responded in kind by letting us know how much they love our games and consistently ask us to keep them coming.”
Among the 70-plus titles published and distributed since 2009, Iceberg has created a name for itself with standout titles Killing Floor, Wings of Prey, Armada 2526, Starpoint Gemini, APB Reloaded and Dark Fall: Lost Souls. More recent hits include Horizon, Gas Guzzlers Extreme, Endless Space, and StarDrive.
Erik Schreuder is available for interviews to reveal how Iceberg’s strategies and approaches to the indie PC market, its knowledge of Steam, and its passionate embrace of the 4X strategy genre, have buoyed the company and carved out a reliable niche for growth. For interviews or more information, please contact Douglass C. Perry via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (209) 586-1495 x105.
For more on Iceberg Interactive, visit its Website, www.iceberg-games.com, YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/channel/UCZVeEavzrEZvLazxwKKTRiQ, Twitter page, twitter.com/Iceberg_Int, and Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/iceberg_interactive/.
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ABOUT ICEBERG INTERACTIVE
Iceberg Interactive is an independent video game publisher founded in 2009 by an international group of games industry veterans and is located in Haarlem, The Netherlands. While keeping its roots in the European retail games market, Iceberg has rapidly increased its focus towards the global digital games market, by building strong direct relationships with dozens of Game Portals. Staffed with avid gamers, Iceberg works closely with an international assembly of game developers, both midsize and indie. With a distinct focus on the strategy, action, simulation and adventure game genres, the company has garnered attention with acclaimed releases including Killing Floor, Wings of Prey, APB Reloaded and Endless Space among its 70+ game arsenal – with more promising games in the pipeline.