Team17 has announced their latest covalent bond with independent developer Italic Pig to turn Schrödinger’s Cat – quantum physics’ favourite dead-&-alive feline – into an electron-kicking, puzzle-solving action hero. Together they’ll be bringing Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark – a fast-and-furious, action-adventure, platformer-puzzler-punch-up of subatomic proportions – to Steam in Q3 2014.
“I frickin’ frackin’ love physics,” said Kevin Beimers, Italic Pig’s Director, “and I know I’m not the only one out there who does. There are so many cerebrally awesome concepts in physics that, unfortunately, are usually presented as either bafflingly complex or dreadfully dull. With Raiders of the Lost Quark I set out to make an exciting adventure at a subatomic scale that will inspire scientists and non-scientists alike, and a hero that physics lovers like me can rally behind.”
“I’ll be the first to admit that a quantum physics adventure is a tricky one to put into an elevator pitch, but thankfully, Team17’s loaded with geeks like me (no offence, gang!). Team17’s an ideal home for Lost Quark, and it’s a real honour to be working with the creators of the games of my formative years.”
When Kevin paused for a breath, Team17’s Managing Director Debbie Bestwick added, “We are really excited about working alongside Kevin on Schrödinger’s Cat, when he showed us the game we definitely were not in two minds about it! We’re delighted to be his partner. The man is a genius and beyond!”
Cooked up by the team behind the gritty, grown-up point and click trilogy Hector: Badge of Carnage and featuring the voice talent of the brilliant A.J. LoCascio (known for his role as Marty McFly in Telltale Games’ Back to the Future), Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark is part combat-platformer, part logic-puzzler, part open-world explorer, part character-driven adventure! It’s only appropriate that a game starring Schrödinger’s Cat can be many things at the same time.
Set in The Particle Zoo, a catastrophic event has caused all enclosures to open and all the primitive particles to escape! What used to be a cheery theme-park style environment is now utter chaos, and not in the mathematical sense of the word. The Zoo is put on lockdown, and the emergency services are called in to sort everything out. Those emergency services: Schrödinger’s Cat, of course.
Schrödinger’s Cat needs to get the Particle Zoo back in order quick sharp, but thankfully he’s not alone; by collecting and commanding an army of cuddly quarks, he can combine and create useful bits of temporary matter (platforms, copters, bubbles, grenades, etc.) to combat and subdue the quarkivorous leptons, kleptomaniacal gluons and cantankerous bosons now running amok.
At its core, Raiders of the Lost Quark is a cheerful, colourful and quirky adventure game that anyone can enjoy, from noobs to Nobel prize winners, with no pre-requisite reading required… honest. If it inspires you to spend some time on Wikipedia afterward, that’s your business.
Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark is scheduled for a Q3 2014 release on Steam.