South Africa’s Neill Blomkamp joins developer Gunzilla Games

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Neill Blomkamp, famous for directing arguably the biggest sci-fi movie to come out of South Africa in the form of District 9, has taken up a position as “Chief Visionary Officer” at the developer known as Gunzilla Games.

Gunzilla is a new studio that was formed in 2022 according to a press release we received. It has offices in three different countries – Germany, Ukraine and the USA – and is currently working on a multiplayer shooter in the AAA space that is aimed for release on PC as well as the next gen (or is it just current gen now?) consoles the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S.

Apart from Blomkamp Gunzilla is stocked with devs from both the world of games and streaming.

“..the team features industry veterans like video game writer Olivier Henriot who helped shape the story of such notable games such as Assassin’s Creed, The Division, Far Cry and many more, and Richard K. Morgan, the author of the Altered Carbon series, which has since been adapted into a popular Netflix show. Gunzilla’s Chief Technology Officer Timur Davidenko led the development of CryEngine as Technical Director, and worked on Far Cry, Warface and Crysis. Art Director Jussi Keteli was involved in the iconic Gears of War series, Star Citizen and Hunt: Showdown,” the aforementioned press release reads.

That’s quite a roster but what will a movie director be doing as a Chief Visonary Officer?

“My own big screen film experience will hopefully help shape new ways of interactive storytelling and next-generation visuals. And by making best use of everything today’s video game development technologies have on offer we will jointly create an immersive experience like we’ve never seen before”, Blomkamp says.

Apparently the unnamed game will “[push] the boundaries of gameplay, player freedom, customization options as well as narrative experience”.

Blomkamp is, of course, no stranger to the world of gaming. Back in July 2019 the director and Oats Studios created a live action trailer for the no defunct Anthem. He was also, infamously, attached to a feature length Halo movie that never got made.

Speaking of Oats Studios its collection of short form sci-fi content is still all available to watch for free on YouTube.

On top of all of this the movie Demonic is also planned for release on 20th August with Blomkamp as the director.

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Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.

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