SKOKIE, IL – November 9, 2007 – Raw Thrills, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of coin-operated arcade videogames, announced an agreement with premier development studio Specular Interactive, Inc. to create a premium coin-operated videogame for arcade.
“Like Raw Thrills, Specular Interactive, led by arcade game design legend Steve Ranck, has a proven team of veteran arcade developers with a solid track record and an impressive talent for developing great games,” said Eugene Jarvis, president of Raw Thrills and the genius behind such legendary arcade hits as Defender, Robotron: 2084, Smash TV, and the Cruis’n series. “We’re very excited about working with Specular Interactive. And let me say yes, the rumors are true. This project will blow away gamers and operators alike.”
Under the development agreement, Specular Interactive will design and develop the arcade game and Raw Thrills will publish and manufacture the game worldwide, while offering design input along the way.
“The opportunity of working with a company of the caliber of Raw Thrills and alongside the genius of Eugene Jarvis doesn’t come along very often,” said Steven Ranck, president and founder of Specular Interactive. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with Eugene and Raw Thrills on this exciting arcade game project.”
Details about the game have not been released at this time.
About Raw Thrills: Founded in 2001 by industry superstar Eugene Jarvis and headquartered near Chicago, Illinois, RAW THRILLS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of arcade video games. RAW THRILLS’ hit games include Target: Terror, The Fast and the Furious, and The Fast and the Furious: Super Bikes. In 2006, Raw Thrills merged with George Petro’s Play Mechanix studio whose hit game, Big Buck Hunter Pro, was voted the Play Meter Arcade Game of the Year. Raw Thrills’ latest release is the drift racing driver, The Fast and the Furious DRIFT. For more info see www.rawthrills.com .
About Specular Interactive: Steven Ranck, formerly an arcade game designer for Midway and co-founder of Swingin’ Ape Studios, formed Specular Interactive in early 2007 specifically to develop successful and affordable coin-operated arcade games. Specular Interactive employs a number of veterans from the arcade videogame industry. For more info see www.specular.com.