When Planet Alpha launches on Nintendo Switch on 4th September, Team17 will have released a whopping 100 games for our enjoyment. To celebrate this milestone, the studio has released a new video which looks back over some of the famous titles that have helped it to become one of the UK's most well-known names in gaming.
Founded in 1990, the Wakefield-based Team17 started life as a publisher working with the likes of Housemarque on Super Stardust and Epic on Silverball. It soon became famous for the Worms series - a mascot of which stands proudly at the studio's main reception to greet unsuspecting guests - which launched in 1995 and has spawned a huge number of titles since including Worms W.M.D. on Switch.
In 2013, Team17 set up its global games label, helping bring hit games to the market including The Escapists and Overcooked series, Yooka-Laylee and many more. It's been a long journey, but one that has put lots of great games into our hands, including a very healthy selection on the Switch over the last year or so.
Debbie Bestwick MBE, CEO of Team17, has released the following statement:
“The 100th game marks an incredible milestone for Team17 as we move closer towards our 30th year in this diverse and creative industry. Team17 started life as an indie publisher in 1990; the release of Planet Alpha in 2018 is a poignant moment for us all in that we have come full circle in bringing our expertise, perspective and values from our time as an independent developer to games publishing in this exciting modern era of indie games.
“I’d like to pay tribute to employees of Team17, both past and present, as we celebrate the release of a multitude of titles across many game systems from 16-bit and beyond and in countries far and wide. I’m appreciative, humbled and honoured to work with talented developers in bringing their wonderful creations to fans everywhere. We’re just as passionate and excited for the next 100 games!”
Do you have a favourite game from the studio, either new or old? Perhaps today would be a great day to fire up a couple of your favourites and join in with the celebrations. Congrats, Team17!