A group of former LucasArts Signapore staffers have secured $1.475 million to build a new studio dubbed Booster Pack, which will focus on mobile games.
The start-up consists of former LucasArts games producer Kent Byers, lead designer Shane Gavin, senior engineer Chris Chu, and lead artist Benjamin Chevalier.
Before being shuttered following the Disney acquisition of its parent, LucasArts Singapore worked on titles like Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Jedi Alliance and the DS version of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes.
Booster Pack's funding comes from Cyberworld Studios, the Ariel Star Group, and Kathrein Ventures.
Forcing its hand
Booster Pack plans to use its funding to help develop its premiere game, slated for a Q4 2014 debut, as well as fuel its post-launch marketing and player support costs.
Kent Byers has intimated that Booster Pack will focus its efforts on creating games that use "premium" intellectual property, as well as competitive mobile games.
Speaking on the funding, Byers focused on the team's past work together.
"In southeast Asia, it's really hard to bring together experienced teams, especially in Singapore, it's just that there are not many gaming companies here yet but it is growing," Byers begins.
"We have worked together for four to five years, so we're the kind of team that knows what we are good at and what our strengths are. It's a rare chance to have that in Singapore.
"We've worked on Star Wars and other big IPs. Our team members have worked at Activision, Gameloft, Disney, so we have a long background of experience and I think that sets us apart from other companies here, especially in Southeast Asia."