Develop Awards Here We Come!

This evening sees us donning our posh frocks for a studio night out at the Develop Awards – one of the highlights of the UK games calendar! The night sees Blackwood Crossing shortlisted for Best Writing and Best Animation which is a brilliant achievement. We’re up against very stiff competition (you can say that again!). Whatever the result we’re sure as hell …

‘The Crossing’ title track from Ben Ottewell released

  Earlier this month saw the release of Ben Ottewell’s title track from ‘Blackwood Crossing’, titled ‘The Crossing’. STREAM / DOWNLOAD THE TRACK HERE: https://benottewell.lnk.to/Crossing Shooting to fame as singer and lead guitarist in UK rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent. Rolling Stone declared, “Gomez’s not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” We were thrilled that Ben, who’s …

All the Pre Launch Feels

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As my mind raced last night, I thought I’d scribble down some words, to share on Blackwood Crossing launch day!  A studio head’s perspective … It’s the night before launch and I’m thinking of nothing else but Blackwood Crossing. It’s consumed our lives for two years now, and it’s finally going to be out there in the public’s hands. And it’s …

The Sibling Bond

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At the core of Blackwood Crossing is the relationship of siblings Finn and Scarlett. It’s been absolutely crucial for us to create a connection that’s believable and engaging. And thankfully everyone who’s experienced the game has felt it, and say they’re enchanted by how real the connection is. Here we examine their bond in more detail.   THE UPS AND DOWNS …

Finessing Finn

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Now we’ve checked out Scarlett in more detail we can turn our attention to her little brother Finn. Ten-year-old Finn is the player’s driving force through the Blackwood Crossing adventure. It’s safe to say he plays a pivotal role 🙂   INTRODUCTION So, alongside Scarlett, we had considered a few different options for him – a show off; a mad …

Bringing Scarlett to Life

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It’s time to dig deeper into Blackwood Crossing’s main protagonists, Scarlett and Finn. Firstly to Scarlett, who our players control throughout. We’ll look at what we knew about Scarlett from the beginning, and how her personality and her in-game look developed over time.   WHAT WE KNEW Getting the game’s two main characters into our world took time – we knew that to …

Finn and Scarlett – Character Creation

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Inventing people is a complicated business. Where do you start? It’s a good question! Not so very long ago Scarlett and Finn were a blank page – a figment of our imagination. It’s a strange thought, as we approach the end of Blackwood Crossing’s development, and get ready to say goodbye and send them out into the world. So, we …

Introducing … Ben Mowson

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Ben, our Environment Artist reveals his deepest, darkest secrets. Including his desire to send PaperSeven’s Art Director into space! I like his honesty 🙂 Click on the link above to read his answers in full…

PaperSeven – Indie Studio or Indie Band?!

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If we were to try our hand at being a (slightly ageing) indie band, maybe this would be our album cover?!  It was the headline shot from a feature on the studio, written by Kotaku. It’s moments like these that you sit back and take stock of what you’ve achieved as a studio. And the exciting potential of where we’re going …

Introducing … Matt Aldridge!

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Next up in our Behind the Scenes features is our Character Artist, Matt Aldridge (click the title above to read Matt’s answers in full). Matt quietly and confidently goes about his days bringing life to our games’ characters. But looking at his phobias he seems most comfortable with people on screen 😉     See you next week – have a lovely weekend! x