Lift London have been a bit of a mystery since they were first opened back in 2012, originally making games for touch devices and had another “interesting” idea planned if they could land it (Per Phil Spencer’s twitter), then they listed consoles on their twitter feed and website before a merger and some layoffs with another London-based Microsoft Studio Soho Productions [Upload Studio]. 3 years since their inception and we still don’t appear to be officially any closer to finding out what they’ve been up to.
Still got this note on their website
Their website which changed its domain to Lift.London doesn’t appear to have been updated recently, since the last facelift anyway. There are some characters kicking around their website which fall in-line with the pictures of achievements for “Eden Falls” which they were developing for Windows Phone 8 at one point, they might still be but to be honest we have no idea at this point.
Floating around on their website
These are the achievements that surfaced on the very good XboxAchievements.com website a while ago, as you can see the art/characters are the same, so either someone is great at photoshop or they’re real.
Its also worth noting the website hasn’t been updated in a while seeing as on the “About Us” page it still like Mike Rouse who left the studio in March 2015 to form his own independent studio RedSix Interactive.
Lift London been radio silent for a long while and it seems we may now have somewhat of an answer as to why.
I was alerted to the possibility of Lift London working on Hololens after a more recent event where one of their (now ex-)staffers tweeted out this: (more…)
Not this Eden Falls by Lionhead it seems!
Eden Falls, a mystery trademark by Microsoft with links to Brimstone Interactive who are making a tactical sci-fi RPG but also linked to Lift London and Lionhead Studios, for more information on the link see this Total Xbox article.
Following the domain recently transferring to Microsoft it seems that there was some steam behind the idea that it was an active project at Microsoft Studios and now we know that is the definitely the case, its a game being made by Lift London (with or without a Lionhead collaboration) and Brimstone aren’t involved in the project at all.
Here is the statement by Samuli Ulmanen on their Facebook page:
Sorry guys. We’ve had an incredibly busy week. We are currently 4 people doing 20 people’s work.
I was planning to get our blog up and running during the week so I could write about the MS situation there, but since I didn’t, I’ll give you a quick lowdown here.
TL;DR: Brimstone sold the rights to the “Eden Falls” name to Microsoft and is not currently involved with any MS or Lift London projects. We ARE still working on a really cool tactical sci-fi RPG, though.
And then some history: This whole situation has its roots all the back in 2008, when I decided to recruit a team of hobbyists to work on an Unreal Tournament 3 mod. After a lot of head scratching and nail biting, I ended up calling the project “Eden Falls”. I thought it had a nice ring to it, and it fit well into what I had in mind for the game. Sadly, after several months of working on EF in my spare time, it became evident that the project was going nowhere. The game was promptly driven to the ground, along with the site and domain I had registered for it (edenfalls.org).
Fast forward to 2013. Four years and two children later, I decided the time to fulfill my life-long dream of running my very own game studio had come. I teamed up with my buddy Rafu and Brimstone was born. We already knew that we wanted to make a kickass sci-fi RPG that you could play anywhere – be it on a plane or on a toilet. We put our heads down and got to work. The pre-production was going very well and we knew we’d soon need a proper name for our game. It was universally agreed that the working title “CyberNoir” was just not going to cut it. I quickly suggested we use my old project’s name, since I already had a typographical logo ready for it and all. The name “Eden Falls” was promptly adopted and a domain for our newly christened game registered (edenfallsgame.com). A couple of months later (December 2013) I was approached via email by a lawyer from Microsoft, saying he wanted to talk to me about my game. I was mortified, but curious. Was I getting sued by a giant corporation? After a few emails back and forth, it turned out that Lift London (an MS studio) was also working on a project called “Eden Falls” and that they would be interested in acquiring the rights to the name for a reasonable sum of money. A couple of weeks of hard negotiation later, Brimstone transferred the rights to Microsoft.
And about the rumors circulating out there: All we know is that Lift London is working on something called “Eden Falls”. What kind of a game is it? We don’t know. Is it somehow connected to Lionhead’s canceled project? No idea. Personally, I kind of hope it is. I guess we’ll learn, come June 10th and E3. I’ll be watching the live streams with you.
Phew. That ended up not being so brief after all. Oh well. If I left something unmentioned or vague, feel free to ask me here on the comments or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cheers!