The first title to be completed under Microsoft’s Incubator Program for budding Xbox development studios, I-Imagine’s Chase: Hollywood Stunt Driver, will be published later this month by Bam Entertainment. The game not only represents the first fruit of the Incubator Program, but is also Bam’s first foray into Xbox publishing.
Adding to the list of firsts is the fact that I-Imagine are a South African developer, and this is the first time that a console game has ever been developed in South Africa. I-Imagine are the only licensed Xbox developers anywhere on the African continent; the company was the first to join the Incubator Program and Chase was the first game to be approved by Microsoft.
The game follows the career of Chase Corrada, a young stuntwoman who drives vehicles ranging from motorcycles to pickup trucks through a variety of increasingly difficult set pieces in an attempt to recreate the special effects demanded by each film’s director.
The Incubator Program is all about giving new developers who might not have prior publisher affiliations more power to create great Xbox titles, and to be successful in doing so according to Ed Fries, vice president of Xbox game content at Microsoft.
Chase marks an historic achievement as the first console game developed in South Africa, said Dan Wagner, managing director of I-Imagine. Being able to create such a quality game as Chase on such a powerful console as the Xbox has been a dream come true for us. This is an exciting time for I-Imagine.