Things are moving forward quickly!
We wanted to do this update in order to tell you about things that are happening. Before I begin talking about the goings on, I wanted to let you all know that we have a much more exciting update planned for September. This particular update will only feature information about the alpha testing happening now and our upcoming VO sessions starting Monday in Los Angeles, California. Yes, that's right, Monday August 13th!
The reason we are posting now is because we thought you all might want to see the cast of SpaceVenture and learn a little about them.
The update in September will feature behind the scenes footage of the VO sessions as well as which actors are playing certain roles. We know you are all probably excited to know who is playing Ace and who's gonna be doing the narration since Gary Owens passed away. Don't worry, all will be revealed in September, and it will include audio/video for you all to check out!
Lastly, the question on everyone's mind is when will SpaceVenture be done!? Well the answer will all depend on the Alpha/Beta testing phases. We really want to see the game shipped by the holiday season and that's what we are working towards. Again though, it will all depend on how well play testing goes and how many bugs gotta be squashed. I will also mention that we do have some sfx/music still missing in the game and some cutscenes that need some love as well. Cross your fingers everyone! :)
ALPHA TESTING HAS BEGUN
A little about alpha testing. We have play testers playing the game right now and are working with them on feedback and bug testing to make sure the game is in a proper beta state before handing it over to our beta tester backers! That would be all you fine folks that backed at the $30 and up level. We will announce that we are ready for beta testing as soon as everything is complete in alpha testing.
VOICE ACTORS CONFIRMED IN THE STUDIO AUGUST 13TH-15TH
Emmy Award winner Rob Paulsen is one of the top cartoon voice actors of all times, voicing hundreds of beloved characters throughout his career. Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Arthur in The Tick, the title role in The Mask, the title role in Mighty Max, Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom, Bobble in the Tinkerbell series of DVDs and hopefully more to come. Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 of commercial spots.
Emmy award winner voice actor, Maurice LaMarche began on Inspector Gadget and went on to Dennis the Menace, Popeye and Son and The Real Ghostbusters where he played Egon Spengler. After The Real Ghostbusters, LaMarche became a regular mainstay of the voiceover industry appearing in such shows as Tiny Toon Adventures, GI Joe, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series, Taz-Mania, Where's Waldo, The Little Mermaid, Batman: The Animated Series, and Bonkers before landing perhaps his most recognized role in 1993 as The Brain on Animaniacs and later its spin-off show Pinky and the Brain. Following this, LaMarche worked on The Critic, Freakazoid!, and The Tick before then reprising his role of Egon in Extreme Ghostbusters. The stretch of two years after this saw LaMarche portray characters in such shows as Hey Arnold! as Big Bob Pataki, Queer Duck, The Chimp Channel, and Sonic Underground as Sleet. During this time Maurice would become the voice actor for Mortimer Mouse whom he would voice in the television series Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse. It was at this time, 1999, that LaMarche began work on Futurama, and since Futurama LaMarche has continued to work steadily in television, including guest roles on The Simpsons (where he once again parodied Orson Welles).
Robert is a voice actor best known for voicing, Jim Raynor, in Blizzard Entertainment’s award winning StarCraft” Video Game Series. Named one of the top ten gaming heroes of all time, more than one fan has mentioned that the character of Raynor has been a role model and positive influence in their lives. Gamers and reviewers around the world have commented on the quality of Robert’s voice acting and the humanity and quiet strength that Robert brought in creating the iconic role. In feature films Robert has worked with numerous acclaimed directors and stars including Bette Midler and James Caan in Mark Rydel’s WWII epic For the Boys, Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet, Alan Arkin in Rendition, Robin Williams in One Hour Photo and Kristen Bell in Pulse. Fun fact: The pivotal scene where Robert played Bradley Cooper’s psychiatrist in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was shown during the Academy Awards Ceremony in 2015. Robert is also one of the most sought after narrators on television, lending his voice to hundreds of hours of programs. George Lucas chose Robert as the narrator of the Emmy nominated documentaries Empire of Dreams: The Making of The Star Wars Trilogy and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed.
Ellen McLain provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve Corporation. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance), Portal 2 and Bridge Constructor Portal; the announcer in Team Fortress 2; and the voice of the Combine Overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series. McLain sang "Still Alive" and "Want You Gone", the ending credits songs to Portal and Portal 2, respectively, both of which were written by Jonathan Coulton. She sang "Cara Mia Addio" at the end of Portal 2. It is sometimes called the "Turret Opera". In December 2011, McLain won the Spike Video Game Award in the category "Best Performance by a Human Female" for her voice acting as GLaDOS in Portal 2.
JOHN PATRICK LOWRIE
John Patrick Lowrie has performed roles in video games such as The Suffering and The Suffering: Ties That Bind, Total Annihilation and its expansions, The Operative: No One Lives Forever and No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way. Lowrie is mostly recognized for his voice acting in Valve games such as Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Left 4 Dead and Dota 2. He is noted for playing the roles of The Sniper in the online FPS Team Fortress 2, Agent Gray in the MMORPG The Matrix Online, as well as Odessa Cubbage and the male citizens in Half-Life 2. Lowrie plays Sherlock Holmes in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a radio show produced by Jim French Productions. In 2011, he published a science fiction novel named Dancing with Eternity
JASON CHARLES MILLER
On top of once being the lead singer of the heavy metal band called "God Head", Jason Charles Miller has appeared in over 100 animated productions and video games. Some of his credits include work on World of Warcraft, Wonder Woman, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Hellsing, Read or Die and the Nickelodeon produced Avatar: The Last Airbender. His film credits include Danny Roane: First Time Director, the 2008 remake of Day of the Dead and the Sci Fi Channel's Battle Planet. He worked on a cover album from the fighting game series Guilty Gear, titled Guilty Gear XX in N.Y. Vocal Edition, where he supplied vocals over the instrumentals to create a full vocal album. In 2011, he lent his vocals to another cover album, this time for BlazBlue, the successive fighting game series to Guilty Gear, titles BlazBlue in L.A. Vocal Edition. He provided the voice of Robert Kendo in Capcom's video game Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles for the Wii. In 2011, he appeared in an episode of the web series The Guild. His voice can be heard in the digital collectible card game by Blizzard Entertainment, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Since 2017, he is part of the duo The Deadly Grind.
Melanie Stone was born and raised in Modesto, California and began her acting career cutting her teeth in the summer stock musical theater in West Yellowstone. Her first substantial feature role came as the lead in the five movie high fantasy film franchise ‘Mythica’ as the role of Marek; a perfect fit for Melanie, with her love of the genre as well as her ability to leverage her own physical skills and experience in such a stunt-heavy series of films. In her latest film project, she stars as Meg March in the modern adaptation of Little Women, which will be hitting theaters across the nation in September 2018.
An avid world traveler, Jake earned his BCA from the University of Southern Queensland in QLD, Australia before moving to Los Angeles. There, he was accepted into the renowned acting program at the Ruskin Theatre where he studied under Sanford Meisner’s apprentice himself, John Ruskin. Jake quickly landed a lead role in the sci-fi fantasy feature film series "Mythica". The success of the Mythica franchise landed him more than a dozen feature films, and three television series, including the Emmy nominated 'Relationship Status', last year's post apocalyptic series 'Extinct', and presently the network series 'The Outpost' on The CW, and subsequently on SYFY across the globe. In The Outpost Jake plays the role of Garret – a Paladin of a Knight whose honor and loyalty are often placed above all else, at the risk of often dangerous outcomes. When asked about the role, Jake replies “My oldest childhood fantasy was to be a Knight—to fight for the people, to vanquish monsters and to ride into battle. ‘Outpost’ is literally a dream come true.”
Vince Caso is best known for his role as Bladezz in the hit web series The Guild. At a young age, Vince decided to go into acting, and within a year, he landed a role in his first feature film, American Fork, a comedy produced by Jeremy Coon of Napoleon Dynamite. The film premiered at Slamdance in January 2007, garnering Vincent some good reviews and his first red carpet experience alongside fellow cast members Billy Baldwin, Kathleen Quinlan, and writer/star Hubbel Palmer. American Fork was released in a limited number of theaters in fall of 2009, under the new name Humble Pie.
TWO GUYS FROM ANDROMEDA AND THE SPACEPOPE
The Two Guys From Andromed and The SpacePope will be making an appearing in SpaceVenture as well!
SUPPORT LORI AND COREY COLE
If you've been living under an asteroid and haven't heard, Lori and Corey Cole(makers of the Quest for Glory series) have released their new game, "Hero U". If you haven't already checked it out, you should! It's getting great reviews!
Here are some links of interest:
Hero U Website: http://www.hero-u.com/
If you happen to be in the Phoenix Arizona this weekend, come by Game One Expo and say hi. I'll be there! :)
Look for the next update in September!
Chris Pope a.k.a your humble local intergalactic SpacePope