Industrial Toys, the studio founded by Halo co-creator Alex Seropian, has raised $5 million in funding from Accel Partners.
The studio is working on a shooter built specifically for tablets called Midnight Star (previously Morning Star
). The free-to-play title, which is being built using Unreal Engine 3, should see launch this summer.
we'll get a graphic novel written by acclaimed SF novelist John Scalzi and drawn by former X-Men artist Mike Choi to give us a bit of backstory to the title.
“Our plan is to build something with a permanence to it,” Seropian told GamesBeat. “It seems obvious to us that core gamers will move to mobile.”
“Real gamers want to compete, explore, and become part of a community. We need a storyline we can sink our teeth into and quality that mirrors what we’d expect from a PC and the console – but with gameplay design specific to next-gen devices,” added Tim Harris, president of Industrial Toys.
Accel Partners is no stranger to the mobile market, having invested in companies like Rovio, Playfish, Gameforge, and Mind Candy. It sees core gaming on mobile as an underserved market, so we may be seeing more from them.