The 9 largest independent videogames production companies in Italy

The growth of the Indie game houses in the last 20 years.

 

As seen in our last article the figure of the Game Designer is also growing strongly in Italy and the demand for this professional figure follows the same trend. There are many schools that offer specialized training courses for the training of “videogames” directors and even if we could think the opposite, even in Italy there are video game production houses that over the years have created good products.

Without losing ourselves in too many preambles, let’s see which are the major Italian companies that make their voices heard in the videogame industry.

Artematica

Milestone

Ovosonico

34BigThings

Forge Replay

Storm in a Teacup

MixedBag

Tiny Bull Studios

Lunar Great Wall Studios

Artematica:

It is one of the most famous Italian videogames  producers and developers. The company was founded in 1996 in Chiavari, an idea by Riccardo Cangini, designer and author of videogames with many years experience in the videogame industry and certainly a forerunner of the creation of video games in Italy.

Artematica produces videogames for consoles (including PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP), PCs and mobile phones and is also the pioneer company in the production of advergames, ie video games designed to convey advertising messages.

The videogames produced and developed by Artematica are distributed all over the world thanks to the partnership with Ubisoft, Warner Bros and Disney. It is also a producer of graphic adventures games, a type of adventure video games equipped with a graphical user interface that has undergone a long crisis but which with the advent of the new millennium have experienced a rediscovery thanks also to the improvement of graphics techniques and at the interface.

Over the years he has won numerous awards thanks to: “Druuna: Morbus Gravis”, awarded as best multimedia game (Lucca Comics Award); “Martin Mystère – Operation Dorian Gray”, awarded as best Italian game (Il Grillo – Alta Badia Award); “Diabolik: The Original Sin”, awarded as best videogame (Play Mont Festival International Multimedia Award).

Website: www.artematica.com

Milestone:

Mileston, founded in Milan in 1996, today is the largest Italian company producing video games for PCs and consoles, thanks to the high quality that its products boast.

The specialty of this company is undoubtedly the ability to develop products in the industryof road racing, then motor racing and motorcycling both on off-road and on the road.

This specialization in the racing world derives also from the deep passion that the creative team committed at Mileston has for the world of motorcycling and motoring, coming to realize video games of a truly impressive quality. In fact, to make every detail true, the creative Mileston collaborate “elbow to elbow” with the engineers of the major car and motorcycle manufacturers, so as to give the player the feeling of being really driving the vehicle.

Among the masterpieces of Mileston we remember “MotoGP 13” and “Moto GP 17”, videogames related to the seasons of the championship of the respective years; “MXGP The Official Motocross Videogame”, the official videogame of the Motocross World Championship and “WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship”.

The latest successful business is “Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame”, which will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC / STEAM from February 13th.

Website: www.milestone.it

Ovosonico:

Ovosonico was born from the meeting between Massimo Guarini, creative director and long-term expert in the videogame sector and Gianni Ricciardi, audio director for videogame developers.

From this union, on the shores of Lake Varese in 2012, one of the Italian companies developing video games most involved in the production of console games was born.

The motto of the founders of Ovosonico is to reach their audience through emotions and sensations, which is why the intent of the company’s work is to show through images something that can be shared by all users of videogames, so offer a channel to connect to.

The real success of this company comes only two years later when Massimo Guarini conceives “Murasaki Baby”, a puzzle developed for Sony for the PlayStation Vita platform.

In the summer of 2017 comes the last effort of Ovosonic “Last Day of June”, published by 505 Games for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Website: www.ovosonico.com

34BigThings

Founded in 2013, 34BigThings is an independent studio of production and development of video games at the beginning of its journey.

Despite its very recent establishment, the studio has already welcomed in its files dozens of professionals who are untangled between the various categories; from 2D and 3D artists to game designers, from programmers to concept artists, who share the goal of creating products that are remembered over time both for quality and for the ability to thrill those who use it.

The founders of 34BigThings are Valerio Di Donato, Giuseppe Franchi and Giacomo Ferronato and together with the team of professionals who collaborate with them have brought to Italy a new point of reference in the production and development of videogames.

The indi studio in Turin won the “Drago D’Oro” award for the best Italian videogame in 2017 with “Redout” and for a company that has only 5 years of activity, it is not a little bit.

Website: www.34bigthings.com

Forge Replay

The study was founded in 2011 in Milan and is characterized in a short time thanks to the use of the most modern and innovative technologies currently available on the market.

The professionals employed in this reality (developers, animators, game designers, 2D / 3D artists etc) in fact not only develop video games possibly definable “traditional”, but also create applications using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality dedicated to the strictly videogame world, as well as socially useful development (for example by making available to rehabilitation and hospital institutes for the treatment of certain diseases).

The latest works produced by Forge Reply are “In Space We Brawl”, an action videogame developed for platforms such as PS3, PS4, Xbox One and for PC and Mac, “Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf”, developed for PS4, Xbox One, PC , Mac and Android, and lastly the innovative “Theseus”, an adventure in the labyrinth of the Minotauro readapted in a dark and contemporary atmosphere, great proof of the professionalism of the studio in VR, giving the player a totally immersive experience in a fantastic world but at the same time cramped.

Website: www.reply.com/forge-reply/it/

Storm in a Teacup

On the wave of the sudden development of Italian gamehouses in 2013 Storm in a TeaCup is founded by Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi, a great CG artist with many years of experience in some of the largest videogames production houses such as Ubisoft, IO Interactive and MetricMinds. which has created games like “Crysys 3” for Crytek and “Batman: Arkham Origins” for Warner Bros.

The first official release of the Storm in a TeaCup is “NERO”, a videogame that featured a peculiar but extraordinary artistic style, made for platforms like PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and that has been very successful.

The study team contains a mixture of different artistic skills and competences for culture; the guys who collaborate with the studio come from different countries, making the company’s products unique.

In 2017, Gamescom is presented with the demo of their latest project “Close to the Sun” (the release is scheduled for the second half of 2018), a horror game set on an obscure and enigmatic naval complex created by Nicola Tesla, a inventor from 800 century.

Website: www.stcware.com

MixedBag

MixedBag is a small indie Studio born from the idea of ​​the two talents in the field of videogames, the graphic design Andrea Gellato and the programmer Mauro Farinelli.

The studio sees the light in 2011 when its founders conceive the idea of ​​creating a prototype of an adventure game for the iOS system.

MixedBag is the Italian studio that first published a title for PS4.

This reality plays an important role for what concerns the development of gameplay and Virtual Reality mechanics and their work is well framed on the development of innovative games for all platforms (Console, PC and mobile).

MixedBag productions are “Futuridium EP Deluxe”, initially released on PS4 and PS Vita and subsequently made available also for Windows, MAC, Linux, Steam OS and “Forma.8” that gives a world to be explored thanks to a visual style really stunning, released in 2017 for: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Xbox One, iOS, PC, Mac and Facebook.

We are waiting for their latest projects: “Gemini_X” and “Futuridium VR”.

Website: www.mixedbag.it

Tiny Bull Studios

Tiny Bull Studios is an independent studio founded in Turin in 2011 when the two founders Matteo Lana and Rocco Luigi Tartaglia, once they have reached the specialist degree in Virtual Reality, start working on their first project in this industry, thanks to the great passion that it both linked to video games.

Initially the idea was to make games exclusively for consoles but then deviated from this choice, deciding to focus on the development of video games for iOS mobile devices.

But the initial goal was nevertheless reached, in fact today Tiny Bull Studios makes games for mobile devices, PCs and consoles. In these very few years of activity this reality has grown a lot, today there are in fact 28 employees among programmers, game designers, concepts, textures and 3D artists and writers.

After the release of several products the studio presents “Blind”, a product entirely created and created for Virtual Reality and “Game Omen Exitio: Plague”, a game that recalls the narrative style of the gamebook set at the end of the 800s.

Website: www.tinybullstudios.com

Lunar Great Wall Studios

Lunar Great Wall Studios is the youngest reality among those presented in this article.

In fact, it was only in 2016 in Milan that Marco Ponte, a professional videogame player who decided to create a studio for the development and production of entertainment products for the industry, is a beacon in the videogame world, both in terms of avant-garde technology that of experience and innovative creative talent.

This production company will create games for the mobile market as well as for all the major platforms (PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) and its objective is to give all the videogamers new and immersive experiences, thanks to the attention that dedicates to the research of innovations related to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

The first two projects are currently underway, of which very little is known.

We just have to wait!

Website: www.lgwstudios.com