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York developer's vision becomes a reality with creative England.

New Moon Games, based at York Science Park, are making their own mark on the virtual reality gaming world, thanks to funding from Creative England.

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New Moon Games is one of just 12 Yorkshire companies to receive match-funding from Creative England, in the latest round of funding. The £18,000 will enable the development of the company's new virtual reality game ‘One Man Tank’ – a first for the company which, until now, developed virtual reality games solely for end clients.

Established in 2008 by MD Andrew Nye, New Moon Games is a virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile apps and game development specialist. Creative England’s support will allow the company to employ three new team members to support the development of the game, with a view to creating at least one long-term developer position. 

New Moon received the financial support via the Gameslab Leeds initiative, which is a three-year programme dedicated to supporting studios and digital companies in the region. The funding is to be match funded by New Moon and was awarded to encourage and harness talent within the industry.

Says New Moon Games MD, Andrew Nye, “Our new One Man Tank game was inspired by work we carried out for the National Army Museum, on its new Churchill tank simulator experience. We are developing the game purely for virtual reality play to optimise the player experience and plan to launch it before November this year.

“We have taken early versions of the game to events in the region to get as much player feedback from both seasoned gamers and first time players. We've been overwhelmed by the positive comments and excitement it has generated. I’m looking forward to trialling it with other residents at the science park, too, as the feedback is extremely important to us. 

“The game development industry in Yorkshire is predominantly made up of independent developers operating from home offices. We were ready to make the next step for the business last year when we took office space at York Science Park - we wanted to be part of something bigger and we succeeded as we are now one of the largest game developers in York, employing a full-time team, from dedicated offices.” 

Says Tracey Smith, York Science Park CEO, “New Moon Games is carving out a name for itself in the gaming industry nationally as well as in Yorkshire. Its team is exceptionally creative and Andrew is a conscientious leader who is committed to supporting the talent within his team. I have no doubt that this new venture will be the start of exciting things for the company and I look forward to seeing what the year ahead, and the launch of the game, will bring.”  


We were ready to make the next step for the business last year when we took office space at York Science Park - we wanted to be part of something bigger and we succeeded as we are now one of the largest game developers in York, employing a full-time team, from dedicated offices
Andy Nye, - MD, New Moon Games
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