Issue date: 
Wednesday, 15 March 2023

We are pleased to announce the successful applicants for this year’s Interactive Development Fund.

The Interactive Development Fund supports concept development of original, narrative-focused, interactive and games content delivered on any platform (including mobile, online, console as well as virtual, augmented and mixed reality). 

The funding provided will allow the teams to develop an interactive concept, including creative material such as story and design, that may form the basis of a playable prototype suitable for accessing the appropriate marketplace to seek project financing. 

Guardian Maia 
Company: Metia Interactive
Creatives: Maru Nihoniho | Hinetera Ozyurteri
Type: First person Role playing game
Logline/ Synopsis:  When a cruel Atua breaks the rules, a young woman embarks on a perilous search for answers and hope in a harsh post-apocalyptic Aotearoa.

Creatives: Thomas Haszard Barrer | Nate Tamblyn | Lukas Mayo | Sam Baker | Hessel Bouma | Sean Lewis | Samantha Cook
Type: Exploration adventure game
Logline/ Synopsis:  Johana is a non-binary Art Student scraping by in the earthquake-ravaged town of Cruston. When a string of strange events occur on their campus, Johana and their friends investigate, and wind up wrapped in a paranormal art school mystery that threatens more than just their GPAs.

Company: Stormcloak Limited
Creatives: Jevon Wright | Cassandra Tse | Claire Sebastian
Type: 2D base building/survival game
Logline/ Synopsis:  Your crew has crashed on a mysterious planetoid deep in uncharted space. Using the planet’s limited resources and your creativity, you must keep your motley team alive, work to repair your ship and return home.

Company: Atawhai Interactive
Creatives: Lisa Blakie | Mickey Treadwell | Connor Bridson | Max Howard-Martens | Heramaahina Eketone
Type: Flight simulation exploration game
Logline/ Synopsis:  In this relaxing, story-driven, exploration adventure game, discover the hidden wonders of the sky and sea as you soar through the clouds as Toroa on its epic journey home across the vast Pacific Ocean.

Coking Rodeo
Company: Longjaw Limited
Applicants: Mathew Anderson | Rachel Anson | Jack Haystead | Dr Terri Te Tau | Zach Webber
Type: Narrative-driven point and click game
Logline/ Synopsis:  Coking Rodeo is a narrative-driven, point-and-click game about a conflicted ecologist at a mining company. Personal financial pressures must be balanced against the survival of an entire ecosystem at the prospective mining site.

Applicants: Sean Lewis | Nick Schaedel | Aaron Lewis
Type: Third-person investigative adventure game
Logline/ Synopsis:  A robot detective investigates a series of strange murders in a future Aotearoa.

Company: Cold Out Interactive Limited
Applicants: Max Quy | Kane Strang
Type: Eerie point-and-click mystery game
Logline/ Synopsis:  CORPOREAL is an eerie point-and-click mystery where you investigate a photographic archive in search of a missing sibling and uncover the events leading up to a tragic disaster.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 15 March 2023