Apple Arcade is Here!

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Earlier this year we learned that Apple was bringing back premium games in a big way via monthly subscription. That promise came true this week as Apple announced the launch date of Apple Arcade will be September 19th. Apple Arcade will launch with over 100 exclusive titles for $4.99 per month.

Extensive list of developers (photo source: The Verge)

Extensive list of developers (photo source: The Verge)

We’re very excited to see the names of many of our clients on this list. Once we get the clearance, we look forward to showing you some of our art for these games in the days to come.

GameDaily Connect 2019

GameDaily Connect (formerly Casual Connect) took place on August 27-29th at beautiful Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA.  

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Our CEO, James Zhang, moderated two panels.  The first panel was titled: “How Art Impacts Engagement, Retention, and Monetization”.  Our expert panelists Ken Capelli (Fogbank Entertainment), William Hughes (Tilting Point), Huy Dinh (WeeArts), and Vera Velichko (Owl Studio) sparked an intriguing discussion on art meeting game performance which was one of the most attended talks in the exhibit hall.

The second panel was “State of Blockchain Games in 2019”.  The speakers are widely considered thought leaders in the sector.  They are: Mickey Maher (Dapper Labs - Cryptokitties), Matthew Le Merle (Fifth Era), Roy Liu (Tron Foundation) and Allen Ma (Forte)   

It’s all fun and games

It’s all fun and games

Videos of both panels will soon be uploaded here.

Hello again, Casual Connect and ChinaJoy!

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We are packing our bags and heading to sunny Orange County for Casual Connect.  Concept Art House has been a long time supporter of Casual Connect since sponsoring the first conference held in Seattle, then sponsoring Casual Connect San Francisco in 2014 and continues to attend the conference year after year.  

This year, our CEO James Zhang will be moderating a panel called “How Art Impacts Engagement, Retention, and Monetization”.  We’ve assembled a world class team of art experts to speak on the tricky topic of where art meets performance.

Casual Connect 2019 Panelists for How Art Impacts Engagement, Retention, and Monetization

Casual Connect 2019 Panelists for How Art Impacts Engagement, Retention, and Monetization

We hope to see you there.  If you plan on attending this year, drop us a line!

Our 10th ChinaJoy

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Concept Art House was founded dually in San Francisco and Shanghai in 2007.  We’re fortunate to host GDC in our US homebase of San Francisco and also Chinajoy in our Shanghai HQ year after year.  

With over 300 booths and record-breaking 360,000 visitors, it’s the largest gaming conference in the world.  This year marks our 10th year attending Chinajoy where our team met with over 40 industry clients and partners in 4 short days.

This year, ChinaJoy had more visitors than ever before

This year, ChinaJoy had more visitors than ever before

PUBG Announces Season 4 With Key Art Done By CAH

Great news for battle royal aficionados! PUBG Corp just announced that Season 4 of the famous title is coming to PCs on July 24, with console version scheduled for later this summer. The update is said to bring elevated scenery, realistic terrains and new features for players to get excited about. Here’s what VentureBeat had to say about it as well as dev notes released by PUBG.

Key art piece created by CAH prior to Season 4 release (Copyright: PUBG Corp.)

Key art piece created by CAH prior to Season 4 release (Copyright: PUBG Corp.)

Being able to mark an awesome milestone for a title such as PUBG is a great honor. Our Lead Artists took on the task of creating both the logo and the marketing piece seen above - and we couldn’t be happier with it! CAH was given a lot of interpretation freedom, so we played around with concepts before landing on the final pieces.

Designed and created by our creative team (Copyright: PUBG Corp.)

Designed and created by our creative team (Copyright: PUBG Corp.)

CAH is a team consisted of many battle royal fans, which makes us very excited for our partners at PUBG and everything we’ll see in the new season.

Nexon’s Rocket Arena In Closed Beta

"Nexon and Final Strike Games are revealing Rocket Arena, a first-person multiplayer shooter game where nobody dies.” reported by VentureBeat.  Nexon’s latest title is ahead of schedule in its third phase of closed beta and receiving fantastic feedback from their player base.

Concept Art House worked closely with First Strike Games to develop character concepts during early preproduction. Building game’s identity is one of the most exciting tasks for our artists. 

CAH worked with Final Strike Games on early character concepts such as Kayi.

CAH worked with Final Strike Games on early character concepts such as Kayi.

“Expanding our portfolio of Nexon’s games is always an honor. Furthermore, joining forces with industry veterans from Final Strike Games was an amazing experience. We hope to see this game exceed all expectations,” KJ, VP of Production at CAH.

Classic D&D Fantasy RPGs Coming to Consoles This Fall

After announcing the final part of the Walking Dead franchise, Skybound Games have announced they are partnering with Beamdog to bring enhanced editions of iconic Dungeons & Dragons fantasy RPGs such as Baldur’s Gate, and Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale to console. For the full list of released games and launch click here.

Image: Beamdog

Image: Beamdog

We are eager to see this title live this September. Concept Art House has been working with Beamdog for several months and we can’t wait to show you the beautiful pieces we created.

Niantic and Warner Bros’ Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Is Now Available Worldwide

Image: Niantic Labs / Portkey Games

Image: Niantic Labs / Portkey Games

Niantic Labs and WB games released their latest game which intertwines our world with the Harry Potter universe through Augmented Reality - Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Warner Bros’ subsidiary, Portkey Games, partnered with the creators of the location-based mega hit game - Pokémon Go. As of June 20th, the game has already claimed the first spot on the App Store’s list of Role Playing games to the delight of Harry Potter fans around the world. 

Over the past few months, Concept Art House worked tirelessly with the Warner Bros. team to design and animate many (many!) stickers and items that players will search for and earn as they progress throughout the game.

If you’d like to know more, click here or here. The game is available on both iOS and Android, so make sure to give it a go. Good luck, wizards!

Universal Games Launch Series: Your Story Universe; CAH Sponsored GamesBeat Summit 2019

On April 25th, Universal Games and Digital Platforms published their interactive storytelling game: Series: Your Story Universe, developed by Endless Entertainment.  In Series, fans get to star in authentic stories based on popular film and TV characters, and original stories, including “Vanderpump Rules,” “Saved by the Bell,” the world of “Law & Order,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.” and more.

CAH has created dozens of characters players will be interacting with

CAH has created dozens of characters players will be interacting with

For over a year now, our top artists have been working tirelessly to best represent the likeness of a host of characters and personalities in Series. Working closely with the talented team at Universal Games and Digital Platforms and Endless, we were able to help shape Series’ visual identity. Rick, Lead Artist at Endless Entertainment, had this to say about working with us:

“We could not have asked for a better partner than Concept Art House! Their streamlined pipeline, professionalism, and talented team have made working together on our flagship project an enjoyable experience. We highly recommend our friends at Concept Art House.”[SA1]

As big believers in interactive storytelling, we are very excited for our partners at Universal Games and Digital Platforms and Endless. More stories and episodes are already in the works!

Read more about Series: Your Story Universe here and here.

If you want to see our work in Series, you can download it here:

GamesBeat 2019 in Review

Last month, Concept Art House proudly sponsored GamesBeat 2019, which was our third year in a row sponsoring the event.  With almost 500 attendees, it was the largest event yet. The theme this year was Building Gaming Communities at the community-oriented Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles.  The event was all about fun, tribes in gaming, and a subtheme of reinvention according to Dean Takahashi, lead writer at GamesBeat.

"World's First Micro-Amusement Park" as this year's venue for GamesBeat 2019

"World's First Micro-Amusement Park" as this year's venue for GamesBeat 2019

This year, there were 97 speakers across 52 sessions, which produced more than 24 hours of content, which you can follow on VentureBeat’s YouTube channel. Star-studded thought leaders in gaming discussed the hottest games and the trendiest gaming sectors such as esports and blockchain.

The “Blockchain Comes to Games” Panel Moderated by the CEO of CAH

The “Blockchain Comes to Games” Panel Moderated by the CEO of CAH

Our CEO James Zhang moderated one such panel where Kevin Chou of Forte, Arthur Madrid of Animoca Brands’ Pixowl, Miko Matsumura of Gumi Cryptos, and Roy Liu of Tron Foundation discussed the future of blockchain technology in games. Following the GamesBeat Summit, Dean Takanashi broke down why we should all monitor this technology alongside major questions raised.

If you want to catch up on these and many more topics covered in LA, check out the talks available here and here. 

GamesBeat remains one of our favorite events and we look forward to sponsoring and attending again in 2020.  Keep up the great job, GamesBeat team!

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Coming to E3?

 This June, we’ll be in Los Angeles for E3, so if you happen to be there between June 11th and 13th drop us a line and let’s meet up!

Distopian Novel by CAH Chairman, Matthew Le Merle

In the meantime, head over to our blog to learn about the latest book by our chairman, Matthew Le Merle. His previous work secured him Amazon’s International Best Selling Author title two times over.

CAH Chairman Launches Dystopian Future Book With Art By CAH

Matthew Le Merle, Amazon’s two-time International Best Selling Author, has just published his first SciFi novel: “Second Chance”.  Taking place in the future not too far and not too near from now, the story takes the reader on a turbulent journey where Bella and Adam, the main characters, try to escape frightful destiny and get another opportunity to make things right.

Illustrations done by CAH’s Lead Artist

The book is graced with stunning illustrations by CAH’s Lead Artist, Ken Chou. His work drives the powerful visual side of the story, helping the reader feel eerie empathy with the distorted lives of its heroes.

You can get a copy of “Second Chance” on Amazon.