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The Artful Escape

06.18.17

We have been working on and off over several years with Johnny Galvatron, owner and head creative/writer/designer at burgeoning game-developer Beethoven and Dinosaur, helping him to bring his vision for the game The Artful Escape to life.

The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is a video game about great expectations, famous folk singers, lingering shadows, space Gods, hallucinogens, individuality, reptile shops, and wild imaginations.

It’s an action, adventure, exploration, narrative driven, musical-laser-light-battle kind of game.

We first worked with Johnny almost ten years ago, producing the demo tracks that eventually got him signed to a major worldwide record deal for his retro-rock album Laser Graffiti. It all went gangbusters, but he eventually tired of life on the road, returning to Melbourne and his first passion, video games. He conceived of a music-based game and set to work developing it. It took years, failed kickstarter campaigns, and hundreds of late nights, not to mention the faith that we put into him and the game by helping out whenever he needed music for the next stage of demos or gameplay, but Galvatron eventually got the attention of film production company Annapurna Pictures when he showcased the game at the 2016 PAX Australia. Annapurna, as luck would have it, were moving into the world of gaming in a big way, with their sights set on exactly the kind of indi game Johnny showed them.

PAX Australia 2016 – Preview: The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti

Annapurna Interactive have now signed on to produce the game, meaning we can all go and make the game as rich and wild on screen as it is in Galvatron’s mind.

Last week it was showcased as part of the Microsoft X Box One X launch at E3 2017, the world’s biggest annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, and won best in show from a handful of blogs and judges. Here is a preview from E3:

You can also check out eight minutes of in-game footage here:

http://au.ign.com/videos/2017/06/15/8-minutes-of-the-artful-escape-of-francis-vendetti-gameplay-e3-2017

And some more buzz:

https://twitter.com/A_i/status/875085149381156865/photo/1

https://www.polygon.com/platform/amp/e3/2017/6/15/15804032/e3-2017-artful-escape-video-gameplay-preview-music

We are hugely looking forward to getting elbows deep into the composition and sound design for such a fun, innovative game!