Based in Ipswich, United Kingdom
21 May, 2015
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Fourth State is a small games studio founded by Mark Backler, currently making The Last Word.
Fourth State is a microstudio developing story focused platformer, The Last Word, which is set inside a diary and sees players solving a variety of puzzles using the words on each page. Game designer Mark Backler will be at Stugan, having previously worked on games such as Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix and Fable 2. Concept artist Ross Burt has over 12 years experience from companies like the BBC, EA and Playfish. Tomas Normand, a programmer at Ground Shatter and previously at Marmalade, is providing code support, and audio designer Joe Brammall has worked with Microsoft, the BBC and audio-only game studio Somethin’ Else.
This video shows the build shown at Develop's Interface show in May 2015 YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "Selected for Stugan 2015." - Sweden, 21 June - 16 August, 2015
- "This game is an emotional journey that grips you. @jantonsson almost started to cry. Beautiful Game! A Must Follow."
- Gordon Van Dyke, Raw Fury
- "Just played Mark Backler's The Last Word - it's beautiful and absorbing! Got totally drawn in playing it."
- Peter Harries, https://twitter.com/PeterHarries
DN Focus Profile
A profile of Mark and The Last Word in the largest national newspaper in Sweden fokus.dn.se.
An article about the Stugan programme at polygon.com.
Stugan 2015 on SVT
Swedish TV Station SVT takes a look at Stugan 2015 with a few cameos from Mark youtube.com.
Channel 4 - Sweden
Stugan 2015 Featured on Channel 4 in Sweden youtube.com.
A photo of the profile on The Last Word in Swedish print magazine, Level, hosted on dl.dropboxusercontent.com.
Nordic Game Bits
An announcement of all 15 Stugan games including The Last Word nordicgamebits.com.
Team & Repeating Collaborator
Game Designer, Founder
Concept Artist, Freelancer