Big Finish Games is committed to creating the very best story-driven games.
When you play a Big Finish Game, you can always expect:
- Intelligent, fun, and meaningful gameplay that blends seamlessly with the story.
- A variety of difficulty levels, allowing you to determine how challenging the gameplay is.
- A great story, well told.
Big Finish, Inc. is a production company founded by Chris Jones and Aaron Conners. Three Cards to Midnight was the first game produced by Big Finish.
Access Software days
Chris Jones was the co-owner and CFO of Access Software from 1982 until 1999, when the company was bought by Microsoft. Chris was the creative force behind many early adventure games, including Countdown, Amazon: Guardians of Eden, and the first two Tex Murphy games: Mean Streets and Martian Memorandum.
In 1991, Chris began a collaboration with Aaron Conners that resulted in three more Tex Murphy games: Under a Killing Moon, The Pandora Directive, and Overseer. After hashing out the story concepts and the game design together, Aaron would write the script while Chris handled production.
Microsoft and post Access Days
The partnership continued for several years after Microsoft acquired the company through a number of high profile (but ultimately unreleased) projects, including The Black Pearl, with Mark Hamill, and an action/adventure title based on the world of Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Plans to develop another Tex Murphy game never materialized and Chris left the video game business in 2004.
Aaron became Story Director for Indie Built (a subsidiary of Take Two), and his story for the Xbox snowboarding game, Amped 3, was nominated for multiple GameSpot awards. Aaron then went on to become a Creative Director at Ubisoft Montreal. Then in 2010 Aaron joined EA Games and worked on the Sims franchise through to early 2014, leading the creative direction for the Sims 3 expansion packs Showtime, Supernatural and University Life, and doing pre-production for Into the Future and an unannounced mobile game.
Big Finish Games is born
In late 2007, Chris and Aaron decided the time was right to take the plunge back into the adventure game genre and began work on the game that would become Three Cards to Midnight.
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
In 2012, Chris and Aaron announced a Kickstarter Campaign called Project Fedora that would help bring back the Tex Murphy series via crowdfunding. This campaign was launched in 2013, and achieved its goal within the allotted campaign time, raising $598,104 from 6,963 contributors. Production of Project Fedora began shortly afterwards.
The game was renamed to it’s official title ‘Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure‘ in late 2013, about the same time that ‘Atlus’ came on board to publish the title. Tesla Effect was completed and released in April 2014 via various online distribution platforms (including GOG, and Steam), and today holds a 4.6/5 star rating, and 9/10 rating on each platform respectively.
The Poisoned Pawn
After the release of Tesla Effect, a small collection of dedicated Tex Murphy fans (lead by Holger Kreetz) began working on a remake of Tex Murphy: Overseer that would be given Overseer’s original 1998 name (before it was changed prior to release): The Poisoned Pawn. The motivation for this was the result of Overseer’s general incompatibility with modern computers. Holger enlisted the help of other talented Tex Murphy fans, including one of Tesla Effect’s developers, Mat Van Rhoon, to assist in the project. Big Finish Games was supportive of this remake, and officially sanctioned it’s development.
In late 2016 the small collective of community developers working on The Poisoned Pawn officially branded themselves as ‘Chaotic Fusion‘. The final team was made up of four developers: Holger Kreetz, Darren Sebire, Karen Corthouts and Mat Van Rhoon.
By this stage, the game had gained so much momentum that Big Finish Games were interested in converting it into an official canon continuation of the Tex Murphy series, and in early 2017 Mat Van Rhoon acted as a liaison between Chaotic Fusion and Big Finish Games (being a member of both) to help negotiate a new direction for The Poisoned Pawn.
It was announced in mid 2017 that The Poisoned Pawn was no longer just an Overseer “remake”, but an official sequel to Tesla Effect, and even though the game would still have strong ties to Overseer, Aaron Conners would write an all-new “wrapper story” that would result in the game being considered: “Act one of the final chapter” in the Tex Murphy universe.
Progress on the development of The Poisoned Pawn can be seen over at the game’s official website: chaoticfusion.com.
The Making of Tex Murphy
From humble beginnings in amateur film, to a multi award-winning video game franchise, this documentary explores the history of one of the world’s longest-running and influential Adventure Game icons: Tex Murphy.