Online game concept born at St. Joseph’s Academy results in women-led enterprise

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An women-led online game design studio hopes to carry an idea first hatched in a St. Joseph’s Academy classroom to {the marketplace}. 

If profitable, Ghost Backyard Video games would strike a blow for Baton Rouge’s small online game sector and for girls in a principally male-dominated business. 

“Individuals are actually excited to see extra ladies in expertise, and we’re actually completely happy to be doing what we’re doing,” says Kathryn Nastasi, producer and technical artist with the younger firm. 

As highschool college students in 2015, Nastasi, Asher Lejeune and Leslyanne Warrington got here up with the core narrative, aesthetic and venture concepts for Echo, a single-player action-adventure recreation. Claire Luikart, who taught the expertise class, would later be a part of the event group as lead software program engineer. 

Previous to the corporate’s official launch, members entered a number of “recreation jams,” through which builders work in groups to construct a venture primarily based on a given theme in a short period of time. Their submission at a 2019 occasion at Texas A&M, which they participated in by way of LSU’s digital media arts and engineering program, was awarded Finest Artwork. 

Ghost Backyard Video games was formally shaped in 2020. Now eight members robust, they moved into studio area on the Nexus Louisiana Tech Park in June of this 12 months. 

Nastasi says members have had presents to affix established firms. 

“We wished to decide on our personal initiatives and let our personal voices actually come by way of in our merchandise,” she says. “We simply wished to affix collectively and create one thing of our personal.” 

In Echo, gamers management the titular sentient sound wave and her multicolored companion Hue. They navigate a surreal condo world, assembly eccentric characters, combating bosses and making an attempt to unravel a thriller. 

“We actually wished to create a robust narrative and character-focused recreation with nonetheless among the enjoyable reflex fight you’re used to,” Nastasi says. 

The corporate’s important objective now’s to construct a degree of the sport it may well present potential buyers subsequent 12 months, with hopes of having the ability to launch Echo in 2024. In highschool, the founders fell in love with video games that had lovely, immersive worlds and compelling narratives, and so they have been impressed to create their very own, Nastasi says. 

“We consider video video games are the best intersection of artwork and expertise,” she says. 

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