Mona Lisa

Italic Pig

Development: Video Games

Northern Ireland

2015

Total project grant (euros)

122,501

Percentage of budget funded

50%

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

Development: Video Games

Call number

6/2015

Call publication date

23 Jan 2015

Application deadline

26 Mar 2015

Result publication date

14 Aug 2015

Italic Pig is an indie game development company based in Northern Ireland. Their debut release - Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark (published by Team17 for Xbox, PS4 & Steam) - was nominated by the Writers' Guilds of both Great Britain and Ireland for Best Game Script 2015.

They are now working on Mona Lisa, a heist & forgery game set in Renaissance Italy. In the game, you will play as Mona Lisa, who happens to be a Renaissance robot. Far from a clunky bundle of ropes and flywheels, she’s a marvel of engineering perfection, the culmination of all of Da Vinci’s talents, truly his greatest work. She also happens to be Renaissance Europe’s greatest art thief, breaking into 16th century strongholds to heist paintings from the other great masters.

In 2016, Mona Lisa was nominated for five of Game Connection’s Development Awards including Best Casual Game, Best Story/Storytelling, Most Creative/Original Game, Best Quality of Art and Best Indie Game.

Kevin Beimers from Italic Pig said:

“We are so excited to be diving into our next wild adventure game so hot on the heels of our last one. As a company that believes that the story is the key element to a great game, it’s wonderful to know that Creative Europe is providing funding specifically for great stories and great ideas in games and other media. In a world where match-3s, endless-runners and open-world shmups are saturating the market, it’s so great to know that there’s an organisation out there that still believes in the importance of a good story."

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