Sheridan students develop game; to be showcased at E3 Expo

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Arrow Heads, a game developed by students from Sheridan College, will be showcased at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, California from June 14-16, 2016, the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games.

The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) made this announcement on Thursday, June 9.

The game is the winner of ESAC’s annual Student Video Game Competition, now in its second year. Arrow Heads was developed by Sheridan students at OddBird Studio, a team comprising of Benjamin Scott, Joshua Cappelli, Shae Humphries, Brendan Muir, Zack Wolfe and Cody Romphf.  OddBird Studio is a collaboration of Sheridan College Game Design students operating out of Oakville, Ontario. Arrow Heads is a fast paced multiplayer archery game, played from an isometric perspective. Arrow Heads was also awarded the top prize at the 2016 Level Up Showcase in Toronto.

Exceeding expectations

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“This is the second year of our Student Video Game Competition and it has exceeded our expectations once again,” said Jayson Hilchie, President & CEO of ESAC. “As the Canadian video game industry continues to grow nationally, we are seeing students from across the country develop an interest in furthering careers in this industry,” he added.

“E3 is one of the biggest showcases for new video games in the world. Several market-leading blockbuster franchises and innovative games developed in Canada will be unveiled for fans and industry partners. We’re pleased to be able to showcase the future talent of the video game industry through our Student Video Game Competition,” said Hilchie.

“We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to showcase our game Arrow Heads at E3 this year,” said Cody Romphf. “Everyone on our team has their own expertise, whether that’s gameplay programming, stylizing characters, animation, or level design. We can’t wait to show the talent and skills that come from Canada,” he added.

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Rapid growth

The Canadian video game industry has seen a rapid growth with 143 new studios emerging in the past year. The growing demand for experienced developers and creators will become a focal point for the future of the industry. Sheridan College launched their 4 year Game Design program in 2013.

“The fact that we could contribute to such a strong inception makes us hopeful that this is only the beginning of our success story and the continuation of Sheridan’s amazing Game Design program,” said Romphf.

The ESAC Student Video Game Competition is designed to recognize top video game talent from Canadian academic institutions. The winner will receive an exclusive showcase display and valuable networking opportunities at E3 2016. With over 1,400 new jobs expected within the Canadian video game industry in the next 12-24 months, ESAC is committed to supporting the young, creative and technical minds of the future. – CNW

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