Catalyst Game Labs Partners with Hyper Hippo to Develop Leviathans Online

Posted by Daylin Mantyka

The former cofounder of Club Penguin, Lance Priebe, recently announced on his blog that Kelowna is now home to Hyper Hippo Productions. He has been secretly working with the talented Pascale Audette to bring a larger game studio to the Okanagan Valley.

Hyper Hippo aims to be a world leader in digital toys, developing two to three games per year.

On November 21, they disclosed a partnership with Catalyst Game Labs to turn the board game, Leviathans: Monsters in The Sky, into a digital version. “I jumped at the opportunity," said Priebe. “I love board games, and I believe Leviathans is an excellent game that would provide new, exciting experiences on a digital platform. I look forward to working with Catalyst Game Labs and expanding the Leviathans universe.”

Leviathans Online will simulate combat between warships that have taken to the air in an alternate history 1910. It has all of the visuals and depth required for a great online experience. Making Leviathans into a videogame allows the brand to reach a much larger audience and adds a deeper community experience through features such as single-player campaigns and multiplayer modes that are not present with the physical version.

 

 

Randall Bills, game designer of Leviathans and Managing Developer for Catalyst Game Labs, stated they “had several companies approach us about an electronic game, but Lance Priebe of Hyper Hippo Productions brought an amazing pedigree of experience to the table.” He went on to say that “[w]hat I liked most about Lance and his team is that they truly love the Leviathans game and have been playing it at their studio daily... I’m crazy excited about what we’ll do together.””

Today, Hyper Hippo Productions launches their Kickstarter campaign in efforts to raise $300,000, which will provide the community the opportunity to dive into the immersive Leviathans online game and make it their own.

As for Hyper Hippo’s impact on the Kelowna startup ecosystem? Priebe guesses that four to five large game or animation studios in the valley would really make some noise. “We already have Disney Online Studios with over a hundred super talented employees. Hyper Hippo will continue this momentum. I look forward to more studios making their home in Kelowna.”

You can donate to their Kickstarter campaign here.

In March of 2005, New Horizon Interactive set out to create an online world for kids where they could safely play games, have fun and interact. As parents and Internet specialists, New Horizon''s owners wanted to develop a place they’d be comfortable letting their own kids visit. The Club Penguin team got to work, consulting with educators, law enforcement representatives and other parents, doing extensive... more


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Daylin Mantyka

Daylin Mantyka

Daylin Mantyka is an entrepreneur, lab geek and perpetual learner. She received her MSc in Biology from UBC in 2010 where she studied green alternatives to pest control on apples. She has an active interest in writing and communicating scientific & technical ideas to the general public. Daylin has volunteered with Startup Canada as their Social Media Director and has also had a crack at... more



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