US Release for Sheffield Hallam Produced PlayStation 4 Game Piecefall

Published 11th April 2016 at 8:56am

Piecefall, the videogame made by students at Sheffield Hallam University, and developed for PlayStation®4, has been released in America.

Following the original European release of PieceFall in July 2015, Sheffield Hallam University received the national TIGA Games Industry Award for “Best Educational Institution”. Now, the widespread industry support for the game has led to its transatlantic release on the American PlayStation Network Store on 31 March.

PieceFall is an agile 3D puzzle game set in a world of abstract floating islands. It was developed through Steel Minions, Sheffield Hallam University’s in-house game studio. The studio partnered with PlayStation®First, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Academic Game Development Programme,

Dr Jacob Habgood, senior lecturer in software and games development at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “This is the first game in the world to be released for the PlayStation 4 made entirely by a team of undergraduate students. It’s a fantastic achievement for it to be released in America.

“It is testament to the brilliant young team who worked on this game and have now gone on to work in the games industry at pioneering developers such as Sumo Digital in Sheffield and Elite3D in Valencia.”

Dr Maria Stukoff, Head of PlayStation®First, said: “We worked very closely with the Steel Minions studio to help them bring this game to market.  We are pleased that it will now be released in the US.

“In recent years, as indie gaming has exploded, PlayStation®First has worked hard to narrow the gap between student teams and indie studios. PieceFall is a true testament to our investment.”

Piecefall is the second game to be released through the Steel Minions studio, the first being Bounceback, published for PlayStation Minis in 2012.

PieceFall is written entirely in C++, using Sony’s propriety middleware PhyreEngine, and utilising Firelight Technology’s FMod sound system, and is available on the PlayStation Network US store priced at just $2.49

For press information: contact Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam press office on 0114 225 2811 or email tim.ward@shu.ac.uk