ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On Thursday, gaming giant Electronic Arts, known for blockbuster video game titles like Battlefield III and Mass Effect, will release “Trenches 2,” a mobile battlefield shooting game that was built not in the familiar game development hubs of the Bay Area or Seattle, but in Anchorage, by Alaskans.
It marks the first time an Alaskan company has debuted a game with such a high-profile distributor, says Jazon (pronounced Jah-zohn) Burnell, a UAA computer science graduate who worked as project manager for Trenches 2.
The move puts Catapult Consulting, the small-but-scrappy app development firm Burnell founded with two friends in 2008 firmly on the map as an up-and-coming source of mobile games and apps.
Catapult is the only group making wide-release mobile games in Alaska, Burnell said.
The nine-person company recently graduated from meeting in coffee shops and working out of their own homes to a modest workspace in an office park off of Old Seward Highway, one perk of a “business incubator” grant from Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership, an economic development group.