Belfast landmarks immortalised in new city-building video game

  • Local game developer Blackstaff Games has launched its new game Buildings Have Feelings Too!, featuring local landmark buildings from all over Belfast.

    Belfast-based game development studio Blackstaff Games has teamed up with global games publisher Merge Games to launch a quirky new city-management puzzle game for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game was developed locally and features Belfast landmark buildings such as the Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hospital.

    Buildings Have Feelings Too! challenges players to grow a bustling city where the buildings can walk, talk, and even make friends. The player builds shops, offices, entertainment and other buildings to help keep the city alive and stop buildings from being demolished.

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    The game was funded with support from Northern Ireland Screen's Assembler Programme, which supports local interactive content production companies in early stage development of original IPs. Blackstaff Games was selected from several applicants in a competitive process assessing market potential for new game ideas, and was awarded production funding to develop the game.

    Benjamin Donoghue, CEO and co-founder of Blackstaff Games commented: "Northern Ireland Screen have been a great support for the project from an early concept on paper, all the way through to releasing it internationally on game consoles. Being able to use where we live as direct source material has helped us develop something unique to Belfast and we are excited to see how people react to it."


    Source: Written based on press release, Steam page

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