ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This Saturday, Albuquerque-based entertainment media company, SP Entertainment will release its first video game, “Katastrogon 3D: the Aeolian Order,” on Apple, Amazon and Android devices.
The block breaker-style game is the 15-year-old company’s first foray into the gaming world.
The company has previously worked on various projects with Hoffmantown Church, the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College and the New Mexico College Awareness Coalition.
Katastrogon 3D will involve game play along the lines of classic games like Atari’s Breakout, but it will also include a touch of ancient Greek flair, along with in-game elements like Power-Ups, which allow players to throw fireballs at blocks. Players will destroy shapes by bouncing a ball off of a virtual paddle, similar to video game classic, Pong.
Katastrogon had a rocky start, with SP Entertainment forced to change graphics engines in the middle of production, but it was ready for beta testing last year.
“We took it to a UNM event, and people (actually) played it,” said Chris McKillip, executive director of SP Entertainment. “It was just there to show off something else other than what we had. And people kept playing it. So we thought, `hmm, maybe there’s more demand for a block breaker than we had thought.'”
After a strong soft launch and some finishing touches, Katastrogon was ready to go by the beginning of 2017. Two more SP Entertainment games are in development and are planned for a late 2017 release.
McKillip said Katastrogon will be a free offering from SP Entertainment and is meant to introduce the company in preparation for future games that will come with a purchase fee. However, he has no intention of abandoning Katastrogon in the future.
“The intention is to support it for the life of the company,” said McKillip. Coming updates will include new holiday themes and levels that incorporate elements of future SP Entertainment offerings.