It’s now a done deal – we are now the official iOS and Android app developers for the Fighting Fantasy series! We proudly take over from the previous license holders, Big Blue Bubble, who did a marvellous job with The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Deathtrap Dungeon, The Citadel of Chaos, City of Thieves and Creatire of Havoc. The five apps were removed from the App Store today as their license came to an end, which means we are now in the driving seat for the series.
There’s been a fair bit of coverage about the license handover during the past few days on sites like Joystiq and TUAW, with a bit of speculation on which books we will be releasing. We’ve been a little quiet on that front as it’s been very important to us to respect BBB as license holders – they are a business after all and we think they are a bloody awesome development team too. We’ve been a big fan of their games such as Burn The Rope and Thumpies.
So what’s to come? Well I can confirm that we have four Fighting Fantasy gamebook apps in development, none of which have been released as apps before. The first, Blood of the Zombies, which was published a couple of weeks ago in paperback format by Wizard Books, will be released on iOS and Android sometime late in September. We were going to release it at the end of August, but we’ve decided to spend a bit more time refining it and making it the best it can possibly be. If you want a sneaky peek at the iPad version, we posted up an image in a previous blog post from one of Ian Livingstone’s presentations.
Our second release that was mentioned in our original BOTZ press release will be House of Hell, a firm favourite of ours. It’s almost a perfect companion gamebook for BOTZ and should get a release later in Oct/Nov. We are going to keep the next two releases under our hats for the moment, but we can reveal that one of them is an early Ian Livingstone classic and the other is a later Steve Jackson adventure that very much broke free of the traditional fantasy genre at the time. I’m sure the FF fans may hazard good guesses as to what they might be!
We’ve obviously had a lot of questions directed at us about the original iOS apps and whether we will be re-releasing them in some fashion. Well, we can also confirm that we will be doing so at some point, which will come as great news to Android based FF fans, who never got a chance to play the BBB apps. We’re not too sure how or when we’ll be doing that yet and want to solely focus on releasing these first four titles and making them the very best they can be. Expect full universal apps that take full advantage of the different platforms, awesome new artwork as well as old, newly composed soundtracks and the classic book and dice rolling that our fans have come to know from Gamebook Adventures.
It’s now time to make our mark on Fighting Fantasy’s history…Tin Man Games style!