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DATE: 2020

ORGANISATION: State of Play Games

ROLE: Creative Producer

South of the Circle is a narrative adventure game for Apple Arcade, from State of Play Games, BAFTA-award winning developers of Lumino City, Kami and INKS.


My responsibilities over the 2 year project were to take it from prototype stage to delivery.  Whilst I was hired as a producer, I ended up playing a substantial part in shaping the creative by working closely with the game's director on both story and mechanics. My key responsibilities included:

  • Identifying team requirements and sourcing contractors to expand the team from 4 to 18+

  • Devising and maintaining budgets and schedules

  • Auditioning and casting actors

  • Planning and running motion capture shoots


The game has been praised for its story, performances and dialogue mechanic, and I was fortunate to have been able to:


  • provide story consultancy and additional writing

  • contribute to the direction of motion capture and voice performances

  • help to devise the dialogue mechanic

  • Create the final balance and timing of each individual dialogue interaction in engine.


During the marketing campaign for the game I was also able to participate in interviews for GamesRadar, Forbes, CNET, WCCFTech, Power-Up Gaming and Hollywood Reporter.


South of the Circle was released to Critical acclaim, earning positive reviews in Pocket Gamer, Pocket Tactics and ScreenRant.  The game has earned a meta critic score of 84%, and its rating on Apple Arcade remains a healthy 4 stars.

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