House of the Dead Overkill soundtrack heads to vinyl

Super fan Julien Helix wrote to the team here at Kuju to tell us about his love of House of the Dead – and to show off the vinyl collection of music from the Sega classic he’s created. A huge thank you, Julien! Here's his letter in full, with more details and pics...

“I am a big French fan of your game The House Of The Dead Overkill. I bought it for the first time in Paris, during a convention dedicated to video games, and it was my very first game on Wii. Since then I have played frequently with friends and we’ve had fun together because your game is very entertaining.

Today, we know everything about this game, and yet it still amuses us. We never get tired of it! (is a sequel still planned?)

I even ended up buying your game four times! First on Wii with the edition ‘Hand Cannon’ released in France, then a US collector's edition. Later, I bought it the ‘Extended Cut’ edition for my PS3 and ‘The Typing Of The Dead’ version for my computer.

I’m sending this as I wish to express my gratitude to you all!

Because as a fan, I often listened to the music of your game (I always have them on my phone!) And I wanted to create something unique to listen to them. So I took the trouble to create an album with four vinyl LPs for my personal collection. It took me a long time, but it's a piece I absolutely wanted. And I really wanted to show you the result in a few pictures.

I hope you like them. I did my best.

For the technical explanations, it's rather simple. I reused your posters to develop the hard cover. I used standard PVC templates (found on the internet) and just added the titles and various notes to the back by Photoshop.

The discs work perfectly and all the music is spread over them. This was the most difficult task of the project because the titles were not all recoverable on the internet. I took the time to find them all. And the prints were finally made on blank discs with a thickness of 2mm.

Finally, there it is. I am very proud of the result! I hope you will be happy with my work too. This beautiful creation is now in my showcase!

Now I'm just waiting for a sequel to this game. I hope it will soon see the light of day!"

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Kuju & Ralph Creative snap up prestigious Raindance Festival Award

The Chainsmokers’ Paris.VR wins Best Branded VR Experience

The Chainsmokers’ Paris.VR has been picked as the Best Branded VR Experience at the Raindance Festival VRX Awards.

Listed by Variety as one of the world’s top ‘unmissable’ film festivals, Raindance showcases features shorts, music videos, VR films and web series by filmmakers from the UK and around the world. This year Raindance announced its inaugural VRX Awards. 

Jury members included Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Judge Dredd), Christopher Ecclestone (Doctor Who, 28 Days Later) and many more.

The Chainsmokers’ Paris.VR experience was created by specialist games and VR developer Kuju, along with brand experience agency Ralph Creative, as part of Sony’s ‘Lost In Music’ campaign.

The content, for the single Paris, was unveiled earlier this year at SXSW in Austin and is available exclusively for PlayStation VR in the PlayStation Store.

Viewers get to experience a live-remixed version of Paris, as they enter the mind of Drew Taggart (with the introduction filmed by the other half of The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall).

Flying through an ethereal landscape, the audio is remixed through stems from the original version and new versions of the song. Decisions viewers make along the route make major changes to the mix, whilst looking at various objects make more subtle changes to what is being heard.

The collaboration between Kuju and Ralph has since seen the two businesses partner up to create further ground-breaking AR and VR experiences for brands.

“Working with Ralph Creative on this project, we knew that we had something special with Paris.VR,” said Kuju’s Head of Studios Brynley Gibson. “We’re delighted that our work with The Chainsmokers has been recognised with this prestigious Raindance award.”

Ralph Creative’s Founder Chris Hassell added: “Over 40 VR projects were shortlisted, so to have picked up this award is a great achievement. Bring on the next bunch of awards!”

The Chainsmokers’ Paris.VR experience was also shortlisted in the VR Awards and the upcoming Immersive Perspective Awards.

Notes to Editors

About Kuju Enterprise
Kuju Enterprise makes compelling branded experiences for VR, AR and Console. They specialise in producing interactive game like experiences for PlayStation VR. Kuju Enterprise is a division of long standing games industry developers Kuju Ltd. a part of Curve Digital Entertainment.
kuju.com

About Ralph
Founded in 2005 with offices in London, NY & LA, Ralph are trusted by the world's biggest brands to create experiences that audiences love and share. Their proudest achievements include managing social for some of Netflix’s biggest shows (House Of Cards, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Gilmore Girls) running immersive theatrical music events for Sony, launching a beer across Europe for AB InBev, hacking marketing with Mr. Robot, opening a craft beer shop in Shoreditch, creating an above the line marketing campaign for Slack and making a cartoon called Tinkershrimp & Dutch with Nickelodeon.
ralphandco.com

About the Raindance Festival
Listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable’ film festivals, Raindance showcases features shorts, music videos, VR films and web series by filmmakers from the UK and around the world. This year Raindance announced its inaugural VRX Awards. This year saw the introduction of the Raindance VRX Awards, VRX Summit and VRX Market in the newly-established VR strand.
Raindance.org

Conspexit Games Studio hires Kuju to develop mobile AR title

London-based start-up Conspexit Games Studio is embarking on a new project that utilises proprietary Conspexit technology to push the boundaries of Augmented reality. They’re going to be working with veteran work for hire studio Kuju to create an innovative Augmented Reality game that not only challenges players prowess but will also enable them to participate in social change. 

Conspexit Games is co- founded by entrepreneur Eirik Moseng (CEO/CTO) who brought together pioneering ex-Sony devs Russ Harding (Creative Director) and Claire Boissiere (Production Director), both of whom were early innovators in AR on titles such as PlayStation EyePet, PlayStation Wonderbook: Book of Spells and PlayStation VR Worlds, and social investor Frank Ystenes (Chairman).

Meanwhile, with a strong reputation amongst some of the biggest publishers in the industry, Kuju has recently received critical acclaim for their PSVR exclusive The Chainsmokers: Paris VR experience. 

“This is an ambitiously creative project; realising our innovative vision will be no easy feat and we can’t think of anyone better than Kuju to work with on it,” said Russ Harding. “The studio’s track record speaks for itself and with their team working alongside ours we’re confident that our debut game will be a truly awe-inspiring, immersive AR experience.”

“After the success of The Chainsmokers and a long history with camera-based titles going back to Sony’s EyeToy, we’re excited to take on what will be our first modern AR project,” added Brynley Gibson, Head of Studios at Kuju. “The team at Conspexit are driven to push the boundaries of AR and I know that bringing their vision to life alongside them will be hugely rewarding.”

The soon-to-be-announced mobile game promises immersion and artistry, the likes of which are yet to be experienced on the platform.

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About Conspexit Games
Conspexit Games Studio is a trailblazing new company comprised of industry veterans who have all previously created critically acclaimed – and commercially successful – projects. The team is currently working on several innovative mobile games that will empower players to participate in social change. Conspexit Games Studio’s three core pillars are: ‘inclusivity’ to bring people together, ‘inspiration’ to drive awareness and ‘innovation’ to push boundaries. Conspexit Games Studio will utilise the power and influence of games to drive social change for good and collaborate with a variety of causes in the longer term.

About Kuju
Kuju make compelling games & branded experiences for VR, AR and Console platforms and have produced titles for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Activision, Disney and Ubisoft. With 20 years of experience behind them and over 125 titles to their name, they are one of the UK’s longest serving work for hire developers. Alongside developing original concepts, they have been entrusted with developing globally recognised IP from the worlds of Film, TV and Games.

Kuju is a division of Curve Digital Entertainment and the Catalis Group.

Ralph and Kuju partner to create ground-breaking VT & AR experiences for brands

Leading brand experience agency joins forces with VR content specialist to bring a wealth of creative and game experience together

Brand experience agency Ralph Creative and Kuju, a full service Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content specialist, have teamed up to offer a one-stop-shop for creating groundbreaking VR and AR experiences across any platform.

The announcement follows their earlier co-production of a music remix experience for Grammy Award winning duo The Chainsmokers and Sony Music. The experience, for the single Paris, was unveiled at SXSW in Austin to great applause.

“We are thrilled to be announcing this partnership today,” said Kuju’s Head of Studios Brynley Gibson. “When Ralph first approached us about a collaboration on The Chainsmokers’ VR experience it seemed a great fit: our interactive entertainment background in music and VR, alongside their impressive expertise in brands. We found in Ralph kindred spirits with a passion for creating cool innovative projects and we’re looking forward to showing the world what we will come up with next.”

Chris Hassell, Founder of Ralph added: “Working with Kuju is hugely exciting. We knew we wanted to find a partner that had true game development experience but never thought we’d find someone with such a pedigree, with many years of VR experience across many platforms. Based on the success and positive feedback of Paris.VR on the PlayStation Store, we are looking forward to having a lot of fun and doing more groundbreaking work with them in the future for new and existing clients.”

Brynley Gibson and Chris Hassell are both available for interview.

Kuju recently appointed games industry veteran Mick Morris as Business Development Director.

Notes to Editors

About Kuju
Kuju makes compelling games & branded experiences for VR, AR and Console platforms. With 20 years of experience and over 125 titles to its name, Kuju is one of the UK’s longest serving ‘work for hire’ developers. Based in London and Brighton it has produced titles for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Activision, Disney and Ubisoft. Alongside developing original concepts such as the long running Art Academy series, the company has been entrusted with developing globally recognised IP from the worlds of Film, TV and Games. These titles include brands such as The Lord of the Rings, Marvel, The Voice, Zumba and Guitar Hero.
Kuju.com

About Ralph Creative
Founded in 2005 with offices in London, NYC & LA, Ralph is trusted by the world's biggest brands to create experiences that audiences love and share. Its proudest achievements include managing social campaigns for some of Netflix’s biggest shows (House Of Cards, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Gilmore Girls) running immersive theatrical music events for Sony, launching a beer across Europe for AB InBev, hacking marketing with Mr. Robot, opening a craft beer shop in Shoreditch, creating an above-the-line marketing campaign for Slack and making a cartoon called Tinkershrimp & Dutch with Nickelodeon.
Ralphandco.com

Media Contacts
Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
07970 164201

Chris Hassell – Ralph Creative
chris@ralphandco.com

Mick Morris – Kuju
Mick.morris@kuju.com

Brynley Gibson – Kuju
Brynley.gibson@curve-digital.com

Games industry veteran Mick Morris joins Kuju

Business Development role for Audiomotion founder and games & film industry stalwart

Kuju continues to bolster its senior management team with the appointment of Mick Morris as Business Development Director.

A 17-year veteran of the video games industry, Morris founded Audiomotion in 2003 and headed up the pioneering motion capture studio as Managing Director until 2016.

Since then he has worked in a consultancy capacity, which he will continue alongside his new role as Business Development Director at Kuju.

Morris has also been a Trustee of games industry charity SpecialEffect for the past five years.

Morris’ appointment comes just a few months after the appointment of Brynley Gibson as Head of Studio at Kuju Games and Kuju Enterprise – a new division focusing on providing VR experiences outside of the traditional games business.Kuju Enterprise recently completed development on a high profile and innovative music video VR experience on behalf of Sony Music and Sony Corp, for The Chainsmokers’ Paris single. The Chainsmokers: Paris VR was released in the US exclusively for PSVR at the end of April 2017 with a global release to follow.

“It is fantastic to be able to bring Mick into the business at this time of growth in both our Games and Enterprise divisions,” said Gibson. “With his wealth of experience across the games and film industries it will allow us to increase our scope and ambition in what we are looking to achieve.”

Morris added: “I had been talking with Brynley for a few months about coming onboard and, when I saw what the team had achieved with the hugely successful Chainsmokers Paris project, I was simply blown away. He is one of the few pioneers and experts in this business who truly understands the VR landscape. I'm very excited to be working alongside him as Business Development Director and together we will build on this success and continue to grow the games and enterprise side of the business."

Mick Morris and Brynley Gibson are available for interview.

Notes to editors

About Kuju Entertainment

For over 15 years Kuju Entertainment has been one of the world’s leading independent video games developers. The company works across all major platforms and a wide variety of genres. Kuju Entertainment has built a solid reputation as a work-for-hire developer, whilst also creating its own IP.

About Kuju Enterprise

Kuju Enterprise makes compelling branded experiences for VR, AR and Console. They specialise in producing interactive game like experiences for PlayStation VR. Kuju Enterprise is a division of long standing games industry developers Kuju Ltd. a part of Curve Digital Entertainment.

www.kuju.com

Media Contacts

Lisa Carter – Mimram Media

Lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com

07970 164201

Brynley Gibson – Kuju Enterprise

Brynley.gibson@curve-digital.com

Ralph and Kuju Enterprise create ground-breaking PlayStation VR music experience for Sony and The Chainsmokers

Leading brand experience agency collaborates with VR content specialist on new Sony campaign ‘Lost In Music’

Brand experience agency Ralph Creative has teamed up with Kuju Enterprise, a full service Virtual Reality (VR) content specialist, to create a groundbreaking music remix experience for Grammy Award winning duo The Chainsmokers.

The experience, for the single Paris, was unveiled last month at SXSW in Austin and is now available exclusively for PlayStation VR in the PlayStation Store. It has initially been released in the US (http://bit.ly/2qq5jOA), with a global roll-out to follow shortly.

Viewers get to experience a live-remixed version of Paris, as they enter the mind of Drew Taggart (with the introduction filmed by the other half of The Chainsmokers Alex Pall). Flying through an ethereal landscape the audio is remixed through stems from the original version and remix versions of the song. Decisions along the route make major changes to the mix whilst looking at various objects make more subtle changes to what is being heard.

The Chainsmoker’s Paris.VR is part of Sony’s new brand campaign ‘Lost In Music’ which is about creating new musical experiences by bringing together Sony’s technology with the hottest Sony Music artists. Ralph led the creative and production across the entire campaign.

Chris Hassell, founder of Ralph said: “We are having a great time working across this entire project. Paris.VR is a great virtual representation of what we have been trying to do across video content and our immersive musical theatre events - bringing new ways of interacting with music and artists. Having it released on the PlayStation Store is yet more icing on the cake.”

Kuju’s head of studios Brynley Gibson added: “Innovating and confounding expectations of a music video using Virtual Reality has been a fantastic creative journey. Collaborating with Ralph on this project and bringing our knowledge of making branded experiences together has resulted in a unique slice of VR that we are all very proud of.”

Chris Hassell and Brynley Gibson are both available for interview.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Ralph
Ralph makes branded experiences that people genuinely love and want to share. They are based in London, New York and Los Angeles with their clients including Sony Corportation, Sony Music, Sony Pictures (we like Sony), Netflix, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon and AB InBev.
ralphandco.com

About Kuju Enterprise
Kuju Enterprise makes compelling branded experiences for VR, AR and Console. They specialise in producing interactive game like experiences for PlayStation VR. Kuju Enterprise is a division of long standing games industry developers Kuju Ltd. a part of Curve Digital Entertainment.
kuju.com

Media Contacts

Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
07970 164201

Chris Hassell – Ralph Creative
chris@ralphandco.com

Brynley Gibson – Kuju Enterprise
Brynley.gibson@curve-digital.com