Computer Artworks was founded in 1993 to fuse the famous organic art of Latham with the innovative technologies of Atkinson into entertainment software for the mass market. Having produced several successful products over the last 9 years the company has seen a steady increase in size with development studios now in London and Brighton.
Computer Artworks' entrance into the games world began with the PC CD ROM game Evolva (single and online multiplayer) in May 2000. Published by Virgin Interactive and Interplay (US), Evolva immerses the player in a challenging, visually stunning 3D world offering a rich game playing experience. Driven by Computer Artworks' A-Life technology, the world and its alien inhabitants form a challenging and actually living environment with plenty of combat. Evolva is an innovative action strategy game and was a landmark PC title on release. A special NVidia version (commissioned by NVidia) was bundled by Creative Labs.
Computer Artwork's first product in 1995 was the highly successful screensaver and design tool Organic Art, as published by GT Interactive (1995). Organic Art generated a huge worldwide fan base and was an invaluable commercial and technical stepping stone towards creating exciting, market leading computer games. Organic Art Deluxe, PIII enhanced, with many new organic features was published by The Learning Company/Mindscape and is still available for purchase online. Special versions of Organic Art were included in Windows 95 and Windows 98 Plus Packs, under contract to Microsoft as a registered supplier to Microsoft.
Computer Artworks mobile and online division, "MetalJelly", has successfully worked on a number of contracts for Nokia and other mobile companies. Metal Jelly's online expertise for all formats and craftsmanship positions the company perfectly for the emerging growth of online games to reach markets that have as yet been unobtainable.
Second Development Studio. In early 2002, Computer Artworks opened "Computer Artworks Brighton", its second development studio in Brighton on England's South Coast. In production in this studio are an unannounced action adventure title on PlayStation2, Xbox and PC for a major film studio licence and a major title for SONY Computer Entertainment. This Brighton studio works closely with the London studio and shares expertise and technology to deliver the same high quality products. The new office has been seeded with key talent from our London studio and expanded with high calibre individuals who have a strong videogame background. The two studios are 50 minutes travelling time apart and are seamlessly networked.
Between 1993 and 1996, other commercial projects previously taken on by Computer Artworks include high-end graphics for the film, TV, music and fashion industries. This work includes an animated cinema sequence for Digital Theatre Systems (DTS), graphics for the 20th Century Fox film 'Hackers', a series of album covers and rave videos for The Shamen and other bands, cover artwork for 'Children' by Robert Miles (BMG) and a collaboration with the infamous fashion designer Daniel Poole to create "Organic Clothing". Other clients include BMG Interactive, Polydor, Polygram, Sony Computer Entertainment, BBC TV and Channel 4.
Computer Artworks Ltd employs over 50 hand picked staff with many coming from leading companies such as Electronic Arts, Sony, Virgin and Sega. It owns a number of brands and all its own tools and technologies, including a very strong cross-platform engine.
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