Meet the team of former PopCap all stars behind Space Otter Charlie! An upcoming game from The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild and Wayward Distractions

SEATTLE, WA – January 11, 2021 – Wayward Distractions has partnered with The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild to release the zero-g puzzle-platformer Space Otter Charlie in 2021. Wayward Distractions is made up of former Popcap Studios team members. Ed Allard, formerly the worldwide studio head at PopCap is the brain behind Space Otter Charlie. He’s working alongside Matt Holmberg, Isaac Aubrey, and Jeff Weinstein on Space Otter Charlie, in development with a release scheduled for early 2021.

The Space Otter Charlie development team is a group of familiar faces from the glory days of PopCap. Joining former global studio head of PopCap Ed Allard, we have Jeff Weinstein (AstroPop, Bookworm Adventures, Zuma’s Revenge) on code, Matt Holmberg (PvZ, Peggle 2, Feeding Frenzy, Magi Nation) on pixels, and Isaac Aubrey (Space Tyrant, Forza, Bejeweled Blitz, Motor City Online) on level design. It’s a tiny team working on something that’s otter this world!

Here’s what Studio Head Ed Allard of Wayward Distractions had to say about creating Space Otter Charlie:

“While I was playing around with zero-g prototypes, the fluid motion reminded me of Feeding Frenzy, which was the first game I created like a hundred years ago. I’m not the first person to realize this connection – NASA trains astronauts for spacewalks under water. I started thinking that sea creatures could probably adapt more quickly to the strangeness of Zero-G than humans could. Blend that realization with a zero-g game prototype and a long time love of sea otters, and you’ve got Space Otter Charlie.”

Unique Features

  • Use all your abilities to pull off trick shots and take on enemies
  • Channel your inner otter to “swim” through zero gravity, jetpack through dangerous new areas
  • Enjoy local multiplayer modes with up to 3 friends
  • Craft new weapons, upgrades and wacky spacesuits to help you tackle puzzles and enemies
  • Learn more about your furry friends with fun facts as you explore

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About The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild:
We’ve always been indie, and we want to give indie studios the deals they deserve. The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild was founded in 2011 and received global critical acclaim for our early titles, ‘The Bridge’ and ‘Tumblestone.’ In 2019, we broadened our focus to collaborating with indie developers publishing on PC and consoles to provide opportunities on every platform available. Recently publishing ‘FRACTER’ and ‘Breakpoint’ further expanded our library, adding atmospheric puzzler games and twin-stick action games to our catalogue. Look forward to award-winning games ‘Sail Forth’ and ‘Space Otter Charlie’ releasing from QAG next year.

About Wayward Distractions:
Wayward Distractions is a small group of game industry veterans with a passion for working in small, creative teams on strange and new ideas. Founded by Ed Allard, former PopCap Head of Studios, the company draws on decades of experience working on everything from casual game hits like ‘Plants vs Zombies’ to big-budget PC and console games. Keeping true to their history, Wayward Distractions aims to put their unique spin on hand-crafted fun.