UK studio TreesPlease has secured $8m in funding – and has just released debut game Longleaf Valley worldwide.
The studio is led by CEO and cofounder Laura Carter, a veteran of NaturalMotion, Square Enix and PlayStation. It currently has 15 staff.
Investment has been led by Lakestar with support from March Gaming and several angels including David Helgason (Unity), Chris Lee (Activision/Media Molecule), Shaun Rutland (Hutch) and Will Stephens (Fusebox).
TreesPlease says it will use its $8m in funding to invest in UA, growing the team and the ongoing development of Longleaf Valley.
The studio was actually founded in late 2019, and debut game Longleaf Valley has been in stealth since last year. It’s a merge game in which players restore the environment, and TreesPlease says that as players progress through the game, they will also help plant trees in the real world through a collaboration with Eden Reforestation Projects.
TreesPlease Games CEO and cofounder Laura Carter said today: “I decided to combine my passion for building games with my drive to help save animals and the environment to create a studio that made a difference at its central mission.”
“As we come out of stealth to announce TreesPlease Games and Longleaf Valley, I couldn’t be more excited and proud of our incredible team’s achievements with both our first game and the impact we are making for our planet and all life.”
Longleaf Valley is out now on the App Store and Google Play.