A Blackpool man is on the final countdown to a space launch as his computer game dream becomes reality.
Shaun Williams, of Warley Road, Blackpool, has produced a 3D game for a global games network.
His survival horror game, Ghostship Aftermath, is not for the faint-hearted, as the player must explore an enormous, drifting spaceship to find out why it lost contact with mission control.
Shaun, who has a degree in games design and has worked as a graphic artist,said: “I was inspired by John Carpenters film The Thing, and by open world games such as Skyrim and Grand Theft Auto, where you can explore the whole environment and roam free, as well as horror games such as Dead Space.
“It is something I always wanted to do and I have put everything into it.”
Shaun, who grew up in Fleetwood, added: “I have been working 100 hours a week, doing all the design, programming, and I have got in local actors Nick Cornwall and Lee Watson to do voices, and a man called Shaun Cantwell, who has been in things like Hawaii Five-O.
“Some games from the big studios have hundreds of people working on them and cost millions of pounds to make. But I have done mine virtually all by myself, working on it since November 2012.
“It has been a struggle, a lot of hard work and all done in the back room of a two-bedroom house in Blackpool with all the distractions of the kids.
“But I have a very supportive wife, Rhona.
“It is very exciting to finally get it released, and I hope people like it.”
The game is out on the Steam network, a website which allows millions of computer game players world-wide to play online.
But not content with that, Shaun has developed his game for the up-and-coming virtual reality games systems which are tipped to be the coming trend.
They enable the player to become totally immersed in a high definition gaming world with the aid of a headset which fits over the eyes, and which contains a motion tracking device linked to the gamer’s computer or console.
Shaun added: “It is one of the first games specifically designed for virtual reality, and demo versions have had good reviews from the VR magazines.”