Hi! I’m the game designer on Leo’s Fortune and I’m here to tell you more about our game before it arrives on PS4 September 8th.
We (1337 & Senri) are a small team of three independent game developers from Gothenburg, Sweden. But I haven’t always been indie. Before this I was the lead designer on Battlefield 2 at DICE. The reason I went from AAA blockbusters to making indie games is because I had a desire to make games the way I want to, with the type of creative vision and attention to detail that isn’t possible at a big studio. With each game we make we try to add our innovative spin and personal touch on a genre we love. Leo’s Fortune is our take on the classic platformer.
We took classic platforming elements and put our spin on it by adding physics-based puzzles, painstakingly handcrafted graphics, and an original story with fully voiced cutscenes. In Leo’s Fortune you’ll guide Leopold on a quest to recover his stolen gold fortune and uncover the mystery of who stole it. Along the way you’ll encounter some of Leo’s quirky and suspicious family members like Uncle Sergey and Cousin Victor.
When you play Leo’s Fortune or check out our trailer, we hope you’ll notice the quality and effort we put into the graphics and environments. Most platform games are designed using a set of repeating texture tiles. We chose not to make our lives any easier and did not use a tile system. Instead, each level in Leo’s Fortune is one enormous unique panoramic image, created from scratch. We even developed our own game engine from scratch. This is why we often refer to the game as “handcrafted.” We could’ve made this game more easily using off-the-shelf tools, but we don’t think the result would have been the same.
Designed to meet the quality of a console game, Leo’s Fortune first released as a mobile game where it helped raise the bar of expectations for what a mobile game can be and won some neat awards in the process. We’re proud to have resolutely decided our game would be 100% premium with no free-to-play elements, a difficult decision in the market today. Now we’re proud to present you with the best version of Leo’s Fortune, gloriously rendered with a 1080p graphical upgrade.
So please enjoy Leo’s Fortune on PS4 when it launches on September 8th, and let us know what you think when you find out who stole his gold. ;)