Outsider Games to reveal new game Tax-Force on the Indie Arena Booth at Gamescom

Northern Ireland indie developer Outsider Games is thrilled to announce they will be showcasing their latest project Tax-Force, the comic book inspired, narrative action rogue-lite title, on the Indie Arena booth at this year’s Gamescom. Tax-Force will be coming to PC via Steam and is available to Wishlist now.

The game was developed with funding from Northern Ireland Screen and with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Tax-Force forces the player to weigh up morality-based policies and economic strategy. Its themes deal with the economic and personal effects of government policy and corporate responsibility.

The Galaxy is in debt. In a final, desperate attempt to save the planet from bankruptcy, and prevent the shutdown of Farset13’s Solar Shield, you are invited to lead Tax-Force – an elite department of heavily armed Treasurers granted emergency powers to hunt down billionaire mutant tax evaders.

You have just 7 days to fight your way through their defences, negotiate repayments and clear the debt directly, or reinvest in your city to grow the economy before the planet burns to a crisp.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been working on developing our magnum opus, Tax-Force, which combines the team’s love of 90’s comic books and our disdain for tax-avoiding billionaires” commented Stephen Downey, CEO of Outsider Games. “We have been working extremely hard on creating something very special with Tax-Force and we can’t wait to unveil the game on the Indie Arena booth at Gamescom”.

Features of Tax-Force:

  • Melee Combat – A focus on tough, close-range combat, with hand-drawn, rogue-lite biomes that remix with every run.
  • Mutant Powers – Specials inspired by superhero mutant powers. Astral Projection! Metal Man! Optical Blasts!
  • Strategy and Morality – Negotiate with targets to affect the economy, narrative and gameplay on each run. Every decision challenges players to choose between sci-fi metaphors for socialist vs capitalist economic policies.
  • Rebuild – As you reinvest in society, the gameplay reacts. Price and potency of healing responds to public or private investment in healthcare. Weapons and criminal activity adjust as you increase defence spend, while new bridges and paths appear as you invest in infrastructure.
  • Branching Narrative – Every decision leads to narrative consequences for the Farset13 citizens, as their stories are guided by your choices, and the city organically grows and changes around them.
  • Timeloop – Death activates your time-travelling mutant power, sending you back to Day 1, armed with knowledge of your enemies and the consequences of your actions.
  • Stunning Visuals – Gorgeous, hand-drawn comic book art style inspired by Jim Lee and 90’s X-men comics.

The team from Outsider Games will form part of Northern Ireland Screen’s supported trade delegation to Gamescom, the annual trade fair in Cologne, Germany, from August 23rd to 27th.

Tax-Force will be coming to PC via Steam and is available to Wishlist now. For more information please visit https://outsidergames.com/.

MiniGame is open for applications

We are seeking new teams to video game development to apply for our MiniGame @ The Pixel Mill scheme. The video game studios must be based in Northern Ireland and working towards developing their first game with the motivation to release their first title.

MiniGame encourages studios to create mini/short games that they can publish within 5 months. These can be narrative games that can be completed in less than an hour, an endless runner with unique mechanics, a turn based strategy with interesting rules. Concise games that people can pick-up and enjoy in a day.

Three successful companies will be supported to develop their business and build their teams. As part of MiniGame companies will receive:

  • Up to £25,000 in development funding per company across 2 stages
  • Access to facilities and mentors at The Pixel Mill

Interested companies will initially be invited to complete an online expression of interest. From there, shortlisted companies will be invited to attend an interview and pitch presentation.

For further information please click here.

Deadline for applications is Monday 28th August.

Opportunity for mentors

We are looking for experienced freelancers from the video game industry to provide mentoring services at our collaborative co-working space, The Pixel Mill. The role will involve meeting with companies and other freelancers in receipt of support from Northern Ireland Screen.

The freelance mentors must have a particular insight into their area of expertise and they must be able to provide clear and informed advice to companies and freelancers.

The areas of video game development that we require mentors in are:

  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Publishing/Business
  • Design
  • Art
  • Programming
  • UX/UI
  • Legal
  • Leadership
  • Accounting
  • User Testing

Closing date is Friday 29th March 2024.

For more information and to apply, visit the skills section on Northern Ireland Screen’s website.