BAFTA nominated video game designer Charles Cecil and Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons are to host their first public screening on October 5, 2009 at BAFTA, Piccadilly.
Reinventing A Gaming Classic: iPhone "Beneath A Steel Sky” will be the first time the two luminaries publicly discuss their joint achievements and offer a glimpse into the future of interactive storytelling with the announcement of their new long-term partnership which promises to revolutionise the way the two arts mix.
"These are changing times for video game design and development, and we’re tremendously excited about what we can both learn from each other in order to collectively advance the medium," said Charles Cecil, founder, Revolution Software.
"Charles and I have become firm friends over the years, but we’ve always kept a reasonable professional distance, for some reason," said Dave Gibbons. "He’d make games, I’d write comics and graphic novels – and occasionally we’d work together where we could. It was only once we sat down to discuss Beneath a Steel Sky – Remastered that we really explored what we could have done with modern gaming technology – and we’re looking forward to sharing our thoughts on the night."
The two first collaborated in 1994 on the multi-award-winning graphic adventure ‘Beneath a Steel Sky’, a game which remains one of the best examples of the adventure genre. This is something iPhone and iPod touch owners will be able to discover early next month when a ‘remastered’ version of the game is published on the Apple App Store.
The BAFTA session will premiere new material from ‘Beneath A Steel Sky – Remastered’, as Charles Cecil and Dave Gibbons discuss fresh gaming possibilities now each of their visions can be fully realised. The hour-long session will conclude with an open Q&A session – with attendees able to mingle with the pair in the bar afterwards.
In addition, those attending the session will be presented with a commemorative reprint of the original comic that accompanied the game’s initial release – with the opportunity to have these signed on the night.
The session runs from 7:00pm until 8:00pm on Monday, October 5. Anyone can attend but for non-BAFTA members there’s a £5 charge (which includes a complimentary drink).
Spaces are strictly limited so you are advised to reserve your place as soon as possible via the BAFTA website.