Kwalee Expands Publishing Operations Onto PC and Console With Launch of First Title and Recruitment of Gaming Veteran
Ex-Team17, Ubisoft and Codemasters veteran Max Everingham leading push onto new platforms as ‘Eternal Hope’ launches on PC
25 January 2021
25TH JANUARY 2021: Kwalee, the UK-based game developer and publisher with more than half a billion downloads on mobile, today announces its expansion into publishing games on PC and console platforms following the launch of its first externally-developed Steam game.
Eternal Hope is the game in question, exemplifying Kwalee’s dedication to working with independent development talent to publish unique, high-quality games. Developed by Brazilian indie development studio Doublehit Games, Eternal Hope is a beautiful experience that’s built around sumptuous 2D art, cerebral environmental puzzles and emotional storytelling. With Kwalee looking to grow its catalogue of titles, it will soon be joined by PC and console games across multiple genres and in a wide variety of styles.
Eternal Hope is available to buy on Steam now, joining the Sudoku-inspired puzzle game TENS! – part of an original Kwalee franchise – which came to Steam and Nintendo Switch in November 2020 and has been critically-acclaimed for its “incredibly accessible, addictive gameplay” (Nintendo Life).
Further underlining Kwalee’s commitment to PC and console games is the recruitment of Max Everingham as Head of PC & Console Publishing. Everingham is highly experienced in launching hit PC and console titles, having most recently worked as Head of Publishing at Overcooked publisher Team17 and previously holding senior roles at Ubisoft, Pandemic and Codemasters.
Kwalee was founded by David Darling, a co-founder and former CEO of Codemasters, back in 2011 and has been built around game development talent and heritage. The company has expanded dramatically in recent years and now employs more than 100 people worldwide with offices in Leamington Spa, Bangalore and Beijing. With no intentions of slowing down its mobile game output, having launched massive hits such as Bake It, Let’s Be Cops 3D and Teacher Simulator all in 2020, Kwalee’s experienced team will be working tirelessly to grow its influence in the PC and console space to comparable level.
“I could not be happier to be joining a company with the energy and integrity of Kwalee,” said Max Everingham, incoming Head of PC & Console Publishing. “It’s a joy to be working again with David on his quest to become as successful in the PC and console arena as Kwalee has already been in mobile.”
“If you’re a developer of quality games, we want to hear from you! We can promise a true partnership – our leadership are bona-fide developers, just like you, and we want to succeed together.”
Kwalee CEO David Darling is just as enthusiastic: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Max to the team as we launch Eternal Hope, and we encourage PC and console developers of all sizes to start a conversation with us. On a personal level it’s great to link up with Max again having previously worked together at Codemasters, and his recent achievements with Team17 show that there’s no better person to be leading us to success in PC and console game publishing.”
Kwalee is actively looking for new developers to collaborate with and new games to publish on PC and console platforms, and developers can find out more information here.
About Eternal Hope:
Eternal Hope is a gorgeous puzzle platformer in which players follow the story of Ti'bi, a lonely boy who has lost the love of his life. Embark with him on a darkly surreal journey that might restore the soul of his beloved from the purgatory-like Shadow World, but will also be fraught with dangers to overcome and secrets to unearth.
A game about love and mystery, Eternal Hope will have you encountering otherworldly friends and foes as you shift between dimensions to traverse the mystic forests, hidden caves and ancient cities of its beautifully evocative world.
Developed by Brazil-based independent studio Doublehit Games, Eternal Hope was named ‘Best Brazilian Game’ at the IGN Brasil Game Show 2019. It has been described as “a wonderful indie title that players will find themselves thinking about for days after they finish it” by Screen Rant.
About Doublehit Games:
Doublehit Games is a small game studio located in Curitiba, Brazil. Founded in 2015, the studio’s focus is on creating high-quality games that provide a unique and compelling player experience.
Doublehit Games is a company founded on a passion for video games and immersive storytelling. The company has grown quickly throughout the years and boasts more than five commercial releases, the latest being Eternal Hope.