News, Updates and Whatnot

Meet Our New Partner, Industrial Toys!

We are pretty stoked to officially announce our partnership with Industrial Toys. Bound will be developing an original series expanding on the story from Midnight Star: Renegade. Actually, we have already started and we’ll have some pretty cool announcements soon.

renegade_keyart_nologoOk, a little about Midnight Star: Renegade. Midnight Star: Renegade is a mobile first-person shooter sequel to last year’s Midnight Star game. It already has a well-developed world for us to play in. In fact, check out the graphic novel, Midnight Rises, from sci-fi writer John Scalzi and artist Mike Choi which details the events leading up to the first Midnight Star mobile game. Yes, that’s right – the Midnight Star world and overarching story were created by none other than John Scalzi. Combine that firepower with Industrial Toys CEO Alex Seropian and you have a pretty rad universe.

Touch Arcade called Midnight Star: Renegade “pretty brilliant kind of way to design a first-person shooter” and Awesome Game Blog said “easily a contender for hand-held shooter of the year.

Go ahead and download the Midnight Star: Renegade now and get ready!

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We’re Teaming up with Gunslinger Studios!

Ok, so the spiderwolf’s out of the bag. We are happy to officially announce that Gunslinger Studios is one of our first game content partners! We’ll be developing a series as part of Gunslinger’s highly anticipated mobile RPG, Exiles of Embermark. We loved seeing the Bound mention in Pocket Gamer!

eoeheaderWe are very excited to be working with the Gunslinger team. They are insanely talented and love stories and worldbuilding just like us. Some of the things we’ll be doing with Exiles of Embermark fiction have never really been done before. We’ll have some exciting news as we develop the series.

In the meantime, check out the Exiles of Embermark site for more details about the fantasy world and upcoming mobile RPG. It’s one of the best dev blogs out there and the Gunslinger team shares a ton of information. Be sure to join their Discord community as they get the community involved in design decisions for the game.

We were going to ask Gunslinger CEO, Tim Harris for a quote but he is focused on building the most awesome mobile RPG ever. Never disturb a wizard! (He’ll smite you.)

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Bound Teams Up with Former Pixar and Telltale Games Creative Stephan Bugaj

Bound is proud to announce a creative partnership with former Pixar and Telltale Games veteran Stephan Bugaj on Hard Reset, a thrilling sci-fi action series set in a near future where augmented reality and human-like androids are a part of everyday life. Hard Reset tells the story of Kay, a no-nonsense android-hating government agent, who must partner with the agency’s first android law enforcer to prevent a terrorist from destroying the city with a nuclear weapon. Stephan will also be working with us to provide creative direction on some exciting franchises coming to Bound.

165361_489950818304_8083402_nStephan Bugaj’s vast experience spans film, games, comics, and virtual reality. During his nearly twelve-year tenure at Pixar Animation Studios, Stephan co-created and co-wrote two feature film development projects and worked on the visuals and production pipeline for several blockbuster films. As Creative Development Director at Telltale Games, he oversaw all writing and directing for Walking Dead Season 2, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and Tales From The Borderlands. At Telltale, he also shepherded nine episode releases and led three season-break writers’ rooms for their award winning series. Stephan is currently developing film, VR, and game projects for Episode Interactive (a division of Pocket Gems), WakingUp Media, Marza Animation Planet, DJ2 Entertainment, The Rogue Initiative, and U2K Entertainment. He is also on the creative advisory boards of Limitless Entertainment and Blackout VR. The first of three graphic novels he wrote in the “Amar” series is currently available on Comixology. Stephan also just completed filming two narrative short films co-starring an android puppet for Hanson Robotics, for whom he serves as VP of Creative.

Welcome aboard, Mr. Bugaj!

See the official announcement below.

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Bound Teams Up with Pixar and Telltale Games Veteran Stephan Bugaj 

New storytelling platform announces partnership with film and game industry professional Stephan Bugaj on upcoming digital fiction series.

Laguna Beach, CA, May 11, 2016 – Today, Bound announced a creative partnership with film and game industry veteran Stephan Bugaj to develop Hard Reset, a thrilling sci-fi drama series. Set in a near future where augmented reality and human-like androids are a part of everyday life, Hard Reset tells the story of Kay, a no-nonsense android-hating government agent, who must partner with the agency’s first android law enforcer to prevent a terrorist from destroying the city with a nuclear weapon.  The series will be one of the first to introduce mobile users to the Bound format.

Stephan Bugaj’s vast experience spans film, games, comics, and virtual reality. During his nearly twelve-year tenure at Pixar Animation Studios Stephan co-created and co-wrote two feature film development projects and worked on the visuals and production pipeline for several blockbuster films. As Creative Development Director at Telltale Games he oversaw all writing and directing for Walking Dead Season 2, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and Tales From The Borderlands. At Telltale he also shepherded nine episode releases and led three season-break writers’ rooms for their award winning series. Stephan is currently developing film, VR, and game projects for Episode Interactive (a division of Pocket Gems), WakingUp Media, Marza Animation Planet, DJ2 Entertainment, The Rogue Initiative, and U2K Entertainment. He is also on the creative advisory boards of Limitless Entertainment and Blackout VR. The first of three graphic novels he wrote in the “Amar” series is currently available on Comixology. Stephan also just completed filming two narrative short films co-starring an android puppet for Hanson Robotics, for whom he serves as VP of Creative.

“I am excited about Bound because it’s something I had hoped to create a digital platform to bring back illustrated serialized prose storytelling myself, and I’m glad Matt, Jamie and team saved me the effort,” said Bugaj. “Just like the turn of last century, when illustrated serialized print prose was all the rage, contemporary audiences have busy lives full of change which makes them well suited to enjoy short pieces they can read during their commute or while in line at the store. And making those short pieces serialized allows the reader to return to a familiar world they enjoy each moment they have the time to do so. As a writer accustomed to writing for imagery Bound’s illustrated format fits naturally with how I already think about storytelling. I prefer to focus my words on emotion, dialog and world-building and leave the scene setting and action to the visuals as much as possible, and Bound is the only prose platform to fully embrace that concept.”

Bound will be including Hard Reset as part of its early access release coming soon.

Sign up for early access at www.getbound.io.

About Bound

Founded in 2015 by game and entertainment industry veterans, Bound is a mobile platform providing busy story lovers with an easy to engage episodic prose fiction format via short sessions, in-depth companion material, and integrated community features. The company is based in Southern California. Bound is currently accepting sign-ups for early access. Learn more at www.getbound.io.

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Bound Partners with Best-Selling Thriller Author Eliot Peper

We’re excited to announce our partnership with Eliot Peper, author of The Uncommon Series, the #1 top-rated financial thriller on Amazon, to bring some of his future work to Bound. Eliot has been working with us to shape the platform and format. We are excited to be able to bring his work to more people. 

Eliot-44We highly recommend checking out Eliot’s newest novel, Cumulus, available today on Amazon with an adapted version coming soon to Bound. Cumulus takes place in a near-future where economic inequality and persistent surveillance push Oakland to the brink of civil war. It’s a dark, gritty thrill-ride packed with political intrigue, world-changing technology, relentless ambition, and questionable salvation. Eliot will be donating the first 6-months of proceeds from the story to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Chapter 510, a local literacy nonprofit serving underprivileged youth in Oakland. Look for the Bound version of Cumulus during our early access sneak preview later this year.

The official announcement can be found in its entirety below.

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Bound Partners with Best-Selling Financial Thriller Author Eliot Peper

Bound, a new digital publisher, today announced a partnership with Eliot Peper to adapt his upcoming novels Cumulus and Neon Fever Dream for the Bound mobile app.

Laguna Beach, CA, May 5, 2016  – Today, digital publisher Bound announced a partnership with best-selling financial thriller author Eliot Peper to adapt his novels Cumulus and Neon Fever Dream for the Bound platform. Cumulus takes place in a near-future where economic inequality and persistent surveillance push Oakland to the brink of civil war. It’s a dark, gritty thrill-ride packed with political intrigue, world-changing technology, relentless ambition, and questionable salvation. Eliot will be donating the first 6-months of proceeds from the story to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Chapter 510, a local literacy nonprofit serving underprivileged youth in Oakland.

Eliot Peper is an author and strategist based in Oakland, CA. He writes fast-paced, deeply-researched stories with diverse casts that explore the intersection of technology and society. His first three books constitute The Uncommon Series, which has attracted a cult following in Silicon Valley and is the #1 top-rated financial thriller on Amazon (think Panama Papers). He’s helped build numerous technology businesses, survived dengue fever, translated Virgil’s Aeneid from the original Latin, worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture capital firm, and explored the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang. He is currently working on his fifth novel, Neon Fever Dream, about a dark secret hidden in the swirling dust and exultant revelry of Burning Man.

“Working with Bound has been a delight,” said Peper. “In the books business, fiction vastly outsells nonfiction. But fiction is strangely absent in writing on the Internet. Bound is shooting to fill the gap by building a home for top-shelf fiction on mobile. Their team is the most rare of combinations: expert and humble. They are leveraging their experience in building gaming platforms to creating the most engaging and compelling experience possible for readers.”

Bound will be including Cumulus as part of its early access sneak preview. 

“Eliot’s Uncommon Stock Series highlights his skills as a storyteller and his ability to weave an interesting story through the lives of compelling characters inhabiting a dynamic world,” said Jamie Ortiz, Vice President of Story Development at Bound. “It’s been a pleasure collaborating with Eliot to adapt Cumulus for Bound to enhance the story with creative concept art and detailed source materials.”

Fans of fiction can learn more about Bound and sign up for early access at www.getbound.io.

About Bound

Founded in 2015 by game and entertainment industry veterans, Bound is a mobile platform providing busy story lovers with an easy-to-engage episodic prose fiction format via short sessions, in-depth companion materials, and integrated community features. The company is based in Southern California. Bound is currently accepting sign-ups for early access. Learn more at www.getbound.io.

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Bound Signs Award-Winning Game Writer Matt Entin

While we’ve been busy working on our platform, some great writers have been working with us developing original content for Bound. Given our team’s history in the game space, it’s probably no surprise that some of our first writers have game backgrounds. We thought we would introduce one such writer.

Bound is proud to announce that we have partnered with award-winning game writer Matt Entin on a new series, The Incorporated. Matt was one of the first to pitch us on a story last fall. The Incorporated is a dystopian sci-fi series that imagines an America under corpocratic rule. Matt’s series will be a one of the first series available during Bound’s early access later this spring.

entin1Matt Entin’s writing experience spans interactive fiction, games, and film. Entin won “The Game Awards – Best Narrative 2014 ” for his work on Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft). If you haven’t played it, you really should check it out.  Matt also worked on Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (High Voltage Games/Sierra), Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley (Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft), and LocoCycle (Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft). You should also check out his work on the 2015 horror comedy film, Lumberjack Man, starring Michael Madsen and featured in After Dark’s 8 Films to Die For.

Welcome aboard, Mr. Entin!

See the official announcement below.

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Bound Announces New Series From Award-Winning Game Writer Matt Entin

Bound, a new digital fiction platform, announced that we have partnered with award-winning game writer Matt Entin.

Laguna Beach, CA, April 26, 2016  – Today, Bound announced it has partnered with award-winning game writer Matt Entin to develop a new Bound digital fiction series, The Incorporated. The series will be one of the first to introduce mobile users to the Bound format. The Incorporated is a dystopian sci-fi series that imagines an America under corpocratic rule.

Matt Entin’s writing experience spans interactive fiction, games, and film. Entin won the 2014 The Game Awards – Best Narrative for his work on Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft). His game writing credits also include Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (High Voltage Games/Sierra), Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley (Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft), and LocoCycle (Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft). Entin’s film credits include the horror comedy film, Lumberjack Man, starring Michael Madsen and featured in After Dark’s 8 Films to Die For.

“As a video game writer, I’m trained to embrace brevity and to go in-depth regarding world-building,” said Entin, “so Bound’s unique format was perfectly tailored to my style of storytelling.”
Bound will be including The Incorporated as part of its early access release coming soon. Each Bound series will be presented in a “season format” on the Bound mobile app. Seasons will be delivered via episodes ranging from 500-3,000 words in length, with an entire season being about 25,000-30,000 words. The Bound format aims to appeal to mobile users.

“Above all, we’re looking for experienced storytellers who can bring a world and its characters to life. Matt has honed his narrative skills over the years writing across several genres for games and film, making him a perfect fit for Bound,” said Jamie Ortiz, Vice President of Story Development at Bound. “I’m looking forward to working with Matt to take advantage of the platform’s storytelling capabilities to fully realize his creative vision for The Incorporated.”

Sign up for early access at www.getbound.io.

About Bound

Founded in 2015 by game and entertainment industry veterans, Bound is a mobile platform providing busy story lovers with an easy to engage episodic prose fiction format via short sessions, in-depth companion material, and integrated community features. The company is based in Southern California. Bound is currently accepting sign-ups for early access. Learn more at www.getbound.io.

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