Like the valiant knight in their hit video game, "Infinity Blade," South Jordan-based developer Chair Entertainment is ever growing stronger, mightier and focusing on going to the top.
The developers are about to release the third mobile game in their series, "Infinity Blade III," on Tuesday, just before the release of the new iPhone 5S and 5C on Friday. The first two games have sold a combined total of about 40 million downloads, said Donald Mustard, creative director for Chair.
"It's really the culmination of what these kind of entertainment experiences can be on a device that I carry with me all the time," he said about "Infinity Blade III," the final chapter in a trilogy. "I'm very proud of what we have done."
The game will be available on the iTunes App Store for $6.99 and be played on an iPhone 4 or later, an iPad 2 or later, the iPad mini and the iPod touch.
Due to their success, the company that began in Provo in 2005 has grown to more than two dozen programmers, artists and others and recently moved into a 14,000-square-foot office in South Jordan, about triple the size of their old office in downtown Salt Lake City. The company has made five games in the last five years.
Their success has not gone unnoticed. For the third time, Chair was asked to come out on stage to demonstrate its game during an Apple event, a prestigious calling for any Apple developer. Through their work with Apple, Mustard and his brother Geremy, the company's technical director, have met Steve Jobs and Apple's newest CEO, Tim Cook. They showed off "Infinity Blade III" at the Apple event earlier this month for the debut of the iPhone 5S.
"We feel very fortunate to be honored in that way," Geremy Mustard said. "But it comes with a lot of sweat and hard work getting to that point where we have something that looks so incredible that they [Apple executives] have no choice but to show it. It shows off their hardware the best, and they know it."
"Infinity Blade III" continues the epic journey of Siris as he seeks out the evil Worker of Secrets and the powerful Infinity Blade sword. This time, players can also control a second protagonist, Isa, a companion to Siris.
The player moves through a sword-and-sorcery world where he or she fights a variety of monsters with weapons and magic with just a swipe of the finger on the touchscreen. As Siris moves forward on his quest, he becomes more powerful and obtains better armor and weapons.
Like the second "Infinity Blade," there will be a multiplayer mode called "Clash Mob" in which players from around the world can all contribute to killing creatures for one ultimate goal. There also will be a new mode called "Aegis" in which players compete in a tournament for high score.