RockYou® to Continue Collaboration with John Romero’s Studio on a Second Game; Early Details for Loot Drop’s First Title, Cloudforest Expedition™, Revealed
Redwood City, Calif. - April 27, 2011
Leading social gaming company RockYou? today announced the continuation of their publishing relationship with Loot Drop, the new development studio founded by industry veterans John Romero and Brenda Brathwaite. In January, RockYou announced a deal to fund and publish Loot Drop’s first title, and now confirms they will extend the collaboration with a second social game. The first Loot Drop game funded and published by RockYou will be Cloudforest Expedition™ and is planned for launch this summer.
“We’ve been collaborating closely with Loot Drop, and their progress on Cloudforest Expeditio n is blowing us away,” said Jonathan Knight, SVP of Games at RockYou.“Loot Drop is a natural fit with our design-driven studio culture and with our commitment to developing and publishing the best social games in the world. With Romero, Brenda Brathwaite, and a full roster of veteran developers, their team continues to exceed expectations. We’re honored to be working with them and look forward to adding two Loot Drop titles to the RockYou portfolio!”
“Since we signed our initial deal in January, RockYou has been an awesome partner. They support our creative freedom as we bring innovation to the story-driven adventure genre with Cloudforest Expedition,” said John Romero.“Extending the relationship with a second game makes sense, and we’re excited to reveal more details of our projects.”
Loot Drop boasts top talent in the space including co-founders John Romero and Brenda Brathwaite, Creative Director Laralyn McWilliams and Austin Studio Head and Game Designer, Tom Hall. Romero is slated to be the lead designer on both RockYou published titles. He earned early recognition for designing the Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake series and established independent studios and developed games for over 30 years before designing the popular social game hit Ravenwood Fai r last year. Brathwaite, COO and game designer at Loot Drop, worked with Romero on Ravenwood Fair and is serving as a designer on Cloudforest Expedition. Like Romero, Brathwaite has been in the game industry for 30 years and has worked on a number of successful social game titles. She is best known for her work on the classic Wizardry and Jagged Alliance series.
Scheduled for release this summer, Cloudforest Expeditio n is an adventure and exploration Facebook game that invites players to become the next great explorer. The story-driven adventure game will deliver innovative experiences built upon successful clearing, exploration and discovery gameplay mechanics.
For more information about RockYou, visit www.rockyou.com.
RockYou? is a leading social gaming company delivering nearly 20MM monthly active users. The company developed the social game classic Zoo World, with 50MM installs to date, and the award-nominated Gourmet Ranch, one of the fastest growing Facebook games. RockYou is launching Zoo World 2 in late spring and is committed to the development of high quality titles and franchises for the social space.
RockYou empowers brands and game developers to reach and monetize audiences through innovative social advertising solutions, including Deal of the Day, video products and in-game brand integrations.
Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Redwood City, California, RockYou is funded by Sequoia Capital, Partech International, Lightspeed Venture Partners, DCM and Softbank.
About Loot Drop
Loot Drop, Inc. is a social game company headquartered in San Mateo, California. The company was co-founded by John Romero, Brenda Brathwaite, and Robert Sirotek in November 2010. Loot Drop is a collective of exceptionally experienced game veterans who are also experienced in social game design. Each member of Loot Drop’s senior team has over 25 years experience designing, producing or monetizing award-winning video games. They are at the top of their field
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