Inside Whale Trail: Develop Dec/Jan out now

Inside Whale Trail: Develop Dec/Jan out now
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

December 19th 2011 at 11:07AM

We speak to the team behind the iOS sensation, and lift the lid on the 30 Under 30

The December/January issue of Develop is now live in print, online, to download, and on iPad, featuring a special focus on the team that made Whale Trail; the 69p App that cost £150,000 to produce.

The detailed feature takes a look behind the scenes at Whale Trail creators Ustwo, a design agency with no game development experience who bet a fortune on making an app as part of a unique business development strategy.

The story behind the colourful company's approach to game development makes for an essential read for anyone with an interest in the app sector.

Also in the issue is Develop's annual talent spotlight – the 30 Under 30, in association with OPM Recruitment. The 30 Under 30 shines a light on the 30 most deserving games industry employees who are shaping up to be the sector's stars of tomorrow. Perhaps a colleague, or maybe even you, has made it onto the list.

There's also an interview with two Nintendo legends – producer Eiji Aonuma and composer Koji Kondo – about 25 years of the Zelda series, and a discussion with the leading cast members from Uncharted 3 about the changing relationship between developers and actors.

Additionally, we take a sweeping look at the evolution of motion capture, and the trends defining the future of the speciality.

There's also all the latest tools, tech and service news, and opinion from industry leaders.

And you can read it all right now, either by downloading the Digital Edition of this month's Develop magazine, or by viewing it in your browser here. And, if you're an iPad user, you can view the issue in our superb Develop iPad app.

Both the iPad app and the Digital Edition of Develop are sponsored by Big World Technology – a vendor of mature and reliable middleware for MMO games and networks.