At first, yesterday’s news of a prequel to the amazing story driven game Life Is Strange, was motivating. After looking deeper into the information, questions popped into our heads about the potential direction of Deck Nine Games after its rebrand from Idol Minds. We dive into the details about this company and the prequel game.
Idol Minds to Deck Nine Games
The company Idol Minds was founded in 1997 by a man named Mark Lyons and it was headquartered in Westminster Colorado. As a company, games were released for the PlayStation platform – everything from PS1 to PS Vita, and a couple titles for Android and iOS. Of the companies list of accomplishments are games such as Pain (2007) for PS3/PS4, Ratchet & Clank for PS3, and other such games. At one point a game for PS3 and Vita called Warrior’s Lair was meant to release but was canceled.
This is a full list of what Idol Minds have released since 1997:
- Rally Cross 2 – 1998 – PS1
- Cool Boarders 3 – 1998 – PS1
- Cool Boarders 4 – 1999 – PS1
- SuperCross Circuit – 1999 – PS1
- Cool Boarders 2001 – 2000 – PS1/PS2
- My Street – 2003 – PS2
- Neopets: The Darkest Faerie – 2005 – PS2
- Pain – 2007 – PS3/PS4
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – 2008 – PS2
- Ratchet & Clank COllection – 2012 – PS3
- Linked Together – 2012 – iOS
- Ratchet: Deadlocked HD – 2013 – PS3
- Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet – 2014 – Android, iOS
- Qube Kingdom – 2014 – Android, iOS
- Warrior’s Lair – canceled – PS3, PS Vita
- MiniTropolis – 2016 – Android, iOS
Connection to Life Is Strange, the Prequel
Now that that is out of the way, let’s consider this information. It seems that this developer has focused solely on the PlayStation system, which not only creates a sense of wonder about PC Gaming, but causes more information to be sought out. The primary reason why the company’s track record could be viewed as a concern is that Idol Minds founder, Mark Lyons, used to work for Sony Entertainment. Clearly, he has extensive experience with the platform, but it causes concern for our beloved PC game as it will be this company’s first step into the ring.
To Deck Nine’s credit, the direction of the company will be focused on story driven games and they’ve been developing this sequel for a long time. It gives us hope that the game will be good.
With that said, the Life Is Strange prequel will keep Max, Chloe, and Rachel as characters whereas DONTNOD has not indicated the direction of the sequel. The game developers will not be releasing any information at E3 this year either. So we remain in the dark only knowing that the sequel is still going ahead as normal, so don’t fret!
Check out some of the leaked images swiped by Twitter users:
Pictures from an apparent Life is Strange prequel by Deck Nine Games have been leaked.— Ryan Brown (@Toadsanime) June 1, 2017
This is different from Dontnod's upcoming sequel. pic.twitter.com/csMrDteYmj
Idol Minds has been rebranded to Deck Nine Games meaning that the original website for Idol Minds no longer exists. The Twitter has its status set to protected tweets with very little followers. Deck Nine’s new Twitter doesn’t have many followers at the moment but will likely gain traction after solidifying more detail of its new game.
While it may be ambitious to have a completely new focus with little experience on other platforms, it’s possible that this new Life Is Strange Prequel could be a huge success for them. It could also flop in a big way, making this new brand a potentially risky move.
What do you think? Are you curious about this prequel game or do you feel like you’re about to be hit by a train? Let us know in our Discord.
Until next time!
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