Jagex Signs Three Game Deal with Earthlock Developers Snowcastle Games
The RuneScape publisher will first support Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure as it develops through Early Access
Cambridge, United Kingdom – [10 November 2022]. Jagex, the leading publisher of community-driven games, today announced a three-game publishing deal with developers Snowcastle Games. Jagex Partners and Snowcastle Games will work together on three titles in the 90s-inspired RPG adventure series, Earthlock. The first of these titles is Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure which launched into Early Access on Steam in August of this year.
See the Ikonei Island Early Access trailer here: https://youtu.be/FJ2bjSqs_2k
Snowcastle Games is an independent developer based in Oslo, Norway. Founded in 2011, Snowcastle Games launched Earthlock after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016. Jagex Partners will support the release of Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure together with the announced sequel Earthlock 2 which is currently in development.
Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure is a wholesome crafting adventure game set in the Earthlock universe. Currently in Early Access on Steam, Ikonei Island will continue to develop in partnership with players working together online in a shared world. Earthlock 2 is the sequel to Earthlock and will have more details soon.
Jagex, known for the success of its RuneScape franchise, launched Jagex Partners in 2018 to deliver publishing and operational services tailored specifically to the needs of third party studios. Snowcastle will join a talented roster of studios at the global home for community-driven games.
“Snowcastle really captured our attention when they launched the first Earthlock and we’re delighted to now link up,” said Jeff Pabst, Vice President of Third Party Launch and Partnerships at Jagex, “At Jagex Partners we're focused on community-driven games that grow alongside their players. Snowcastle's community-first approach with Earthlock lines up nicely with what we’re looking to achieve here at Jagex. Ikonei will take that approach even further as it develops into a vast online adventure shared by its community of players.”
“Jagex’s history with working with a large community of players to grow their game is really important to us,” said Bendik Stang, Creative Director at Snowcastle Games, “We’ve had a lot of success independently with Earthlock, but we knew we needed a partner for Ikonei and Earthlock 2 that would help us go even further. Jagex Partners gives us the support required to better communicate with our existing community about what they want and find new ways to invite people into the growing world of Earthlock.”
More details about Jagex Partners and Snowcastle's upcoming titles will be revealed in the coming months. For more information about Jagex Partners visit the official site, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information on Snowcastle Games and the land of Earthlock visit the official website.
About Snowcastle Founded in 2011 and based in Oslo, Norway, Snowcastle Games is an independent game developer known for the adventure RPG Earthlock which launched 2016 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Since then, Earthlock has gone on to sell more than 2.5 million copies. The second entry into the Earthlock trilogy, Earthlock 2, is in development, while the Earthlock spin-off, Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure was released into Early Access on Steam in August 2022.
About Jagex A leader in creating deep and engaging live games on PC and mobile, Jagex’s flagship MMORPG, RuneScape, has welcomed almost 300million player accounts to its world and is a $1billion lifetime revenue franchise. Jagex employs more than 450 people at its Cambridge headquarters. Jagex Partners are the third-party publishing arm of Jagex, focusing on developers of community-driven games. So far, Jagex Partners have provided support to Games by Malcs for Melvor Idle, Flying Wild Hog for Space Punks and Outlier Games for This Means Warp. Find out more about Jagex Partners at www.jagex.com/partners.