August 18 Newsletter – Updates from Auroch Digital, Toxic Games, Ndemic Creations and more!

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All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact for more information.

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SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page – Find roles and post new openings here…

Dev Scene News


Toxic Games

After the release of Q.U.B.E. 2, our first-person puzzle game and sequel, in March 2018, we’re set to release a DLC Puzzle Pack called Lost Orbit on 19th August on PC.

Lost Orbit features 10 additional puzzle rooms plus a master puzzle room, 32 collectibles in hidden areas, an open game structure and a space theme. It is notably more difficult than the main game.

You can find the trailer here.
You can find the full details and features of the Puzzle Pack and Season Pass here.

Auroch Digital

The Steam page for Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is now live (with a stylish new teaser trailer!), and we’ve been releasing more content from behind -the-scenes as development speeds onward. You can now wishlist the game on Steam which is really helpful to us, and keeps you updated with release information, sale info and more.

Lead designer Adam Carter-Groves streamed the first level of the game, showing off early gameplay and visuals (all pre-alpha!) and talking about the development. As part of the buildup to release, we’ve also been podcasting the development experience, which you can find on our Podcasts page.

Our August blog post goes into more detail about these points and more, including some brand new Dark Future: Blood Red States content!

Ndemic Creations

Plague Inc: Evolved has mutated! Mutation 16, AKA “The Royal Update” is now live on Steam. This update includes two brand new scenarios; ‘Science Denial’ imagines a world in which faith in scientists is at its lowest ebb, while ‘Ultimate Board Games’ pits the player as a tabletop game designer! Mutation 16 has now launched across iOS and Steam, and is due to spread to other formats soon.

Plague Inc: The Board Game is out of stock in the US. We’re working hard to complete the third production run of Plague Inc: The Board Game, even more so now that Amazon US has completely run out of stock! A fresh batch of copies is due to land on American shores soon.

Ben Byford

Full Colour Tiles, the first game by Ben Byford, is now available on Steam!

Thanks to everyone who has played the game on mobile and supported me, including BGH. Please let me know what you think about it. Also, big thanks to Fraser McCormick for getting me over the line with uploading multiple build formats to Steam. I’m currently working on several new prototypes for my next project and looking for level design and AI Ethics work.

Jobs & Opportunities


PM Studio & Watershed

Immersion New Talent Fellowships – A ten-month, flexible programme with a £15,000 bursary for New Talent to develop ideas and leadership roles in the field, as part of The South West Creative Technology Network.

Virtual Realities – Immersive Documentary Encounters commissions – In partnership with UWE BristolUniversity of Bristol and University of Bath, PM Studio are excited to invite bold and distinctive proposals to create nonfiction experiences in virtual reality. They are seeking to commission three original works, each receiving a £50k production budget and support from the commissioning and research teams.

Creative Producing MA – UWE Bristol and Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio run an MA/MFA course in Creative Producing. The next cohort starts in September 2018.

UWE – Games Technology Lecturer

Our team at UWE is looking for a full time, fixed term maternity cover Game Technology lecturer for 12 months on our TIGA accredited course!
If you are interested in teaching the next generation game dev your programming skills and developing your presentation skills, you can apply here.

DTM Global – Unity3D Junior Developer

Full time employment, salary of £22-£25k near Exeter.

We are not a game development studio but we work in serious large scale simulation using Unity3D.

More info can be found here.

Events Diary


VR The News Hackathon (24th-26th August @ Bristol VR Lab, Leadworks, Anchor Square Bristol BS1 5DB)

The goal of the VR The News Hackathon is to explore how immersive tech can be used to tell current affairs stories! Contestants will be exposed to new ideas, collaborate and build something that’s never been built before. We are looking for original AR|VR|MR projects that might have a witty twist on current events or rethink the way in which the news is presented. Humour is encouraged but not essential.

All who are interested in immersive technology and current events are welcome! Designers, developers, engineers, artists and creatives—all who want to deepen their understanding of immersive technology through this fun VR The News Hackathon should apply here.

Tech Play Fridays (Every Friday in August @ Bristol VR Lab)

On every Friday each week until the end of August, anyone aged 18 or over who would like to come to the lab to use our equipment is welcome to do so. All we ask is that participants respect our residents and work at a reasonable volume.

If you would like to take part in a Tech Play Friday simply turn up on the day at 2pm. If you have any questions please get in touch at

Each week will give participants the chance to experiment with a different piece of kit owned by the lab. Full info on what is on when can be found here.

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Thanks all!