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Tuesday 2 February 2016

Hewson to Start Making Games Again

As one of the backers for the "Hints and Tips for Videogame Pioneers" kickstarter, I look forward to the regular email updates sent out by Andrew and Rob Hewson. It's nice to be kept in the loop with regards to the progress of their book, and quite often the message will contain one or two other nuggets of information I'll find interesting.

The update that landed in my mailbox yesterday afternoon was a little different, however...
We are delighted to announce that Hewson Consultants Ltd is going to be developing and publishing games again:  
First and foremost we want to ensure all Kickstarter backers that this will have a positive impact on the delivery of the book, which is our number one priority. Rob is now working full time at Hewson having officially joined the company as CEO & Creative Director after leaving his position as Game Director at TT Fusion where he was working on LEGO games. As such he can now dedicate much more time to the book as we continue to work towards an Easter launch.  
Andrew will continue as Chairman and Finance Director for Hewson Consultants and we are also joined by John Ogden as Technical Director. John has more than 15 years of games industry experience building bespoke game engines from the ground up.  
We wanted to share this news with you as soon as possible and we will have more information on the games we will be making and publishing in due course.  
Again our first priority is to launch the book, which we can now dedicate more time to, and we will have more updates very soon.  
Best Regards,  
Andrew & Rob"
According to the excellent Lemon Amiga web site, Hewson released an impressive 19 titles for the Amiga, before shutting down and then reforming under the name 21st Century Entertainment where they released a further 14.

I'd say it was unlikely that the new Hewson Consultants would release anything on the Amiga, but they do seem to be very supportive of the retrogaming community. Perhaps a small run of re-releases could be on the cards, though. We'll have to wait and see.

I'll report back on further developments regarding this story as and when they surface.

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