Press release

03/10/2017

Expand your mind with UKIYO Publishing’s first game, out today

Critically acclaimed indie hit makes its way to PlayStation 4

London, United Kingdom – 3rd October, 2017 – UKIYO Publishing, the London-based independent video game publisher, is delighted to announce its first project, Expand, is available today on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system in Europe and United States. The Expand and Soundtrack Bundle can be purchased via the PlayStation Store for £7.99.

Expand PlayStation®4 Launch Trailer https://youtu.be/5db6cGNTq8Q


Expand will take PS4 players through a labyrinth of rotating, expanding and twisting gameplay in the first project from the London-based indie publisher, who has now launched its official website at www.ukiyo-publishing.com. Founded at the beginning of 2017, UKIYO Publishing has a combined experience of over ten years in the video games industry, offering its proficiency in porting and publishing indie games to Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo platforms. BlitWorks, a specialist in game porting delivering the highest quality, assisted in the execution of transporting Expand from Steam to PlayStation®4.

“Bringing a well revered game to PS4 as our first project is an honour,” said Martin Hann, Co-Owner of UKIYO Publishing. “Working with developers Chris Johnson and Chris Larkin has been a pleasure and we’re delighted to port such a gem. Expand offers something a bit different on the PS4 store and allows players to confront tricky gameplay in a meditative state.”

“UKIYO has done a great job in taking our beloved game and launching on a new platform, bringing it to a new audience,” said Chris Johnson, developer of Expand. “They understand what it takes to acquire a game from one platform to publishing on another, whilst making the whole process effortless. We’re excited to see how Expand performs globally on the PS4.”

Originally released on Steam in 2015 by Chris Johnson and Chris Larkin, Expand met with critical acclaim as the 2D minimalist game challenging players to lead a pink square through a labyrinth that constantly rotates, unfolds and expands with the intent to disorientate and harm you.

A world set in five stages, Expand offers an atmospheric experience of exploration, discovery and introspection through gameplay and compelling soundtrack designed to immerse you deeply into its allegorical themes.

Expand on PlayStation®4  offers extras with PlayStation Trophies, a Bundle package with the game’s soundtrack and new language support in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).
For more details on the game, visit the game’s official website.

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About UKIYO Publishing
At UKIYO Publishing, we specialise in offering help to indie developers that would like to see their games reach their maximum potential.
 
Based in London in the UK, our team has over worked in the games industry for over a decade and has a proven track record publishing games, as well as helping developers with their project management and development requirements.
 
For more details on UKIYO, check out the website: http://www.ukiyo-publishing.com/
 
About BlitWorks, S.L.
Based in Barcelona and founded in 2012, BlitWorks is a porting studio notorious for the outstanding quality of its ports. Recent works include the conversion of acclaimed games such as Sonic CD, Jet Set Radio, FEZ, Spelunky, Bastion and Don’t Starve to all brands of consoles and mobile platforms. 
For more information and updates about BlitWorks please visit www.blitworks.com and follow http://www.twitter.com/blitworks
 
PRESS CONTACT:

United Kingdom
 
Yunus Ibrahim | Lauren Dillon
Premier Communications
E: UKIYO@premiercomms.com
T : +44 (0)207 292 8330

About UKIYO Publishing
At UKIYO Publishing, we specialise in offering help to indie developers that would like to see their games reach their maximum potential.
 
Based in London in the UK, our team has over worked in the games industry for over a decade and has a proven track record publishing games, as well as helping developers with their project management and development requirements.
 
For more details on UKIYO, check out the website: ukiyo-publishing.com

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