Battlegoat Studios and the Supreme Ruler series
I posted an interview with Shawn Hopkins (@s_hopkins_dsine) of Four Seven Studios (@fourSevenStudio) last week, and Alex Pineda (@brainyweb) had previously interviewed Rich Halliday of Green Pixel (@GreenPixelDev) awhile back now. Green Pixel and Four Seven Studios aren’t the only video game companies in Hamilton though, the city is also home to George Geczy’s (@GeorgeGeczy) Ancaster-based BattleGoat Studios (@battlegoat) and Snakehead Games (@SnakeheadGames) which recently moved onto James North.
BattleGoat Studios is famous for the Supreme Ruler series of strategy games – the games are actually based off of a text-based strategy game of the same name made by George in 1982 for a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer! The company was founded in the year 2000 and Supreme Ruler 2010 was released in 2005, it went on to win the 2006 Canadian Award for the Electronic & Animated Arts Elan for “Best PC Game”. Chris Latour of Battlegoat Studios was interviewed by Bengt Lemne of Gamereactor about a year ago now about the latest instalment of the franchise Supreme Ruler: Cold War
… And Lead Designer David Thompson was interviewed at GDC 2011 about the same game:
BattleGoat Studios describes itself on its website as follows:
BattleGoat Studios is a Canadian Software Developer committed to developing leading edge â€śIntelligent Strategy Gamesâ€ť for the PC. Founded by George Geczy (Lead Programmer) and David Thompson (Lead Designer), the team firmly believes that Strategy Gamers are looking for more sophisticated games that also remain fun to play. BattleGoat insists that their approach to development will always emphasize an accurate, heavily researched environment assuring players an entertaining and immersive gameplay experience.
There seems to be a real interest in video game companies in the region based off the feedback from past interview posts, so I thought I’d throw these interviews out there in case anyone in the Hamilton community wasn’t aware of BattleGoat or what they’ve accomplished. I think it’s great to have an established, critically acclaimed and commercially successful gaming company in Hamilton alongside smaller indie gaming companies, and I look forward to seeing what BattleGoat Studios has planned next for the Supreme Ruler series.