British virtual reality (VR) developer has got quite a lot going on at the moment. Today, the studio has announced that thanks to new investment it’ll be expanding plans for several of its titles currently in development, including Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom and it’s own original IP Engram.
Maze Theory hasn’t revealed how much investment its received, just that it was awarded across to grants. The first came from the UK Creative Content EIS Fund in association with the British Film Institute (BFI) while the second was awarded by the Immersive Technology Investment Accelerator from the Government’s UKRI Audiences of the Future Programme, including a match funding investment from Vive X.
All of this means that Maze Theory will be expanding the Doctor Who franchise which first began with 2019’s Doctor Who: The Edge of Time. New videogames will be coming to console, PC and mobile, the latter developed in partnership with Kaigan Games.
When it comes to VR content, Peaky Blinders – The King’s Ransom which was originally slated for 2020 has now been pushed back to 2021. A narrative-driven action-adventure featuring characters from the TV show including Tommy Shelby, Arthur Shelby and Polly Gray, the videogame will also feature iconic locations such as The Garrison pub and Charlie’s Yard. The studio plans on bringing the experience to additional platforms and devices but has yet to confirm which ones.
“Maze Theory is evolving to the next level. We know from feedback that fans of shows like Doctor Who and Peaky Blinders crave new and exciting experiences across multiple devices and interwoven stories that create an overall experience far surpassing that of a single game,” said Maze Theory CEO, Ian Hambleton in a statement.
“The world is facing challenging times right now, but the gaming sector continues to be resilient in times of economic uncertainty. These investments and our new content initiatives enable us to grow our fanbase and drive our business forward,” Hambleton continues. “We remain as committed as ever to delivering brilliant gaming experiences.”
In addition to all of that, Maze Theory has confirmed that the very first title the studio ever announced Engram (formerly called The Vanishing Act) is still in development. Yet to receive a launch window, the videogame is a narrative-based experience centred around people being able to experience the memories of others and travel to deeper layers of their own.
With so much going on at Maze Theory, as further details are released VRFocus will let you know.