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| GameEx |
2015 GameEx logo
|Founded||Late October 2011 (estimate)|
|Products||GameExpo (2011, 2013)|
The NeXT Generation (2012, 2014)
|Website||T-Games Legacy Website|
GameEx is a LittleBigPlanet developer studio that releases and designs proprietary products. Founded in about late October 2011 by Billy Anderson, it was the leading successful subsidiary of T-Games before its closure in 2019, and now primarily operates under T-Games Legacy.
GameEx is responsible for the development on LittleBigPlanet console lines including GameExpo, Quadratum, the NeXT Generation, SoundWave, and MusicPlayer, most of which have garnered the attention of several developers and wide adoption. In addition to producing the consoles themselves, the studio also creates first-party exclusive games, accessories, and peripherals.
- Main Article: GameExpo
GameExpo is a line of video game consoles in LittleBigPlanet. The first console in the line, the GameExpo Classic, was created independently by Billy Anderson on behalf of T-Games, and was released on the 26th of June in 2011. GameEx acquired development of the GameExpo line in October of 2011, and created several different collectible 'skins' for the console in order to celebrate several seasons, such as Halloween and Christmas as well as creating the PlayStation Move fork, GameWave.
Not long after GameEx's acquisition of the GameExpo line, T-Games member at the time ZeusInTraining submitted a design intended to be a refresh for the GameExpo Classic to GameEx. Development on this design evolved into the development of a successor to the GameExpo Classic, GameExpo II, which was released on November 9th, 2011. Upon the release of the GameExpo II, GameEx re-branded the then-called 'GameExpo' to 'GameExpo Classic'.
During March of 2013, after the full discontinuation of Quadratum, GameEx decided to focus on modernizing the GameExpo line to up-to-date console technology at the time. Thus, development on GameExpo III began. The GameExpo III was eventually released on June 26th, 2013, the 2nd anniversary of the GameExpo line.
- Main Article: Quadratum
Quadratum is the first multimedia console within LittleBigPlanet. GameEx collaborated with robbit10 to bring the concept of a JukeBox XI (robbit10's creation, then LittleBigPlanet's most popular music player) and a GameExpo II (then LittleBigPlanet's most popular gaming console) together to create a fully-fledged media console. A simple update to the GameExpo or JukeBox XI lines to support compatibility with music or gaming respectively was not appropriate due to a settled agreement.
The Quadratum was released on the 1st of March, 2012, and was advertised as an advanced replacement to the GameExpo and JukeBox XI lines. Upon release of the console however, robbit10 left development. As a result, GameEx pioneered the rest of its development with updates post-release and an addition to the line intended to only support music tracks titled 'Quadratum Musica', before support was cancelled as tensions arose between GameEx lead developer Billy Anderson and robbit10.
The NeXT Generation (2012)
- Main Article: The NeXT Generation
The GameExpo II eventually became the most recognized name for GameEx and T-Games, however, ZeusInTraining submitted a new console design that he imagined as the third main GameExpo project. Since the new design stemmed from several backwards compatibility issues, the project branding and marketing was made new, and development of a new console was made known as 'The NeXT Generation'.
The NeXT Generation was the first product designed in-house by GameEx without acquisition from another party, as the GameExpo Classic and Quadratum had been. It launched on the 21st of August, 2012. The NeXT console launched alongside the NeXT Audio, which was designed to only play audio files on the cartridge, much like the JukeBox XI and Quadratum Musica.
The line quickly stemmed into major sub-brands such as the NeXT Ubique, named that way because instead of using a handcrafted screen, any content used the whole level. Other sub-brands included the NeXT S, a light-weight NeXT that eventually became open-source, NeXT Basic, a NeXT without many of the advanced features intended for beginners, and NeXT mini. GameEx also developed official accessories for the line.
As LittleBigPlanet 3 neared release, development for new features became slower until GameEx stopped updating the console, even though it is still a supported product.
The SoundWave is a music player within LittleBigPlanet exclusively developed by GameEx that ran on a modified GameExpo Classic engine. As the engines and cartridges between the GameExpo and SoundWave lines were compatible, they were officially regarded as being 'Sister lines' by GameEx.
The SoundWave was released on the 21st of August 2013, and discontinued on the 19th of February 2014 to support the expansion of The NeXT Generation.
- Main Article: MusicPlayer
The MusicPlayer is a music player within LittleBigPlanet 3 that was initally created by GameEx before development was handed over to Trixel Creative for its re-release in 2019.
Initially the device was released on December 24, 2014. However, it was then taken down and re-released on December 28, 2014. As LittleBigPlanet 3's first console, it featured GameEx's 'Fluid' engine, which was designed much differently than any of GameEx's previous engine installments.
Future (2015 onwards)
After development on MusicPlayer was handed to Trixel Creative in 2018 and the subsequent closure of T-Games in 2019, GameEx focussed on their core consoles lines (GameExpo, Quadratum and The NeXT Generation), releasing updates for the NeXT and announcing the release of GameExpo Play!, Quadratum Ludio and NeXT Lite in 2019.