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Phaser Lock announces strategic partnership with Smilegate!

We are excited here at Phaser Lock Interactive to announce our partnership with SMILEGATE, Korea’s leading game company and developer of the world’s top online FPS game Crossfire (with over 6 million concurrent users worldwide.) This collaboration allows us to continue creating high quality VR games along with new publishing opportunities of our current and future game titles in the Asian market.

Exciting times are ahead, not just for our studio, but the whole VR industry!



Phaser Lock Interactive announces strategic partnership with Smilegate to develop VR game


Leading Korean game studio, Smilegate to invest in long-term strategic partnership with Phaser Lock Interactive to develop VR game title

  • Smilegate invests in Phaser Lock Interactive’s future growth and VR projects

  • Partnership places Smilegate into the burgeoning VR industry while Phaser Lock Interactive expands their reach into the Asian market


AUSTIN, Texas (May 9, 2017) – Austin-based virtual reality studio Phaser Lock Interactive has announced a long-term strategic partnership with leading Korean game studio Smilegate to develop a future, yet unannounced VR game title. This partnership announcement will be the first of multiple rounds of investment in the future infrastructure and growth of Phaser Lock Interactive.

Smilegate will work closely with Phaser Lock on the vision and production of the VR game, as well as the handling, publishing and distribution.

“We’re excited to work with an accomplished industry veteran like Smilegate,” says Michael Daubert, CEO of Phaser Lock. “They understand the Asian entertainment market better than anybody else, as evidenced by the overwhelming success of their game, CROSSFIRE, the most played online First Person Shooter game in the world with six million concurrent players. We couldn’t ask for a better strategic partner to expand, especially with the lightning fast growth of VR we’re seeing in the Asian market.”

Phaser Lock is well-known for being one of the first developers with a successful, fully-realized VR game concept. Titled Final Approach, the aircraft-themed strategy and management title for HTC Vive and Oculus Touch, gamers play as an air traffic controller towering over miniature worlds full of varied aircraft. Players land planes, complete rescue missions, solve puzzles and other tasks in both a giant “God Mode” overlooking the world and up-close “Toy Mode” on the ground. The company later released a seated version of the game for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Final Approach: Pilot Edition.

Phaser Lock recently released their second VR project -- Twisted Arrow -- a fast-paced, arcade-style first person shooter that pits the player, armed with a bow and arrow against a city overrun with an evil, high-tech paramilitary force.

Smilegate saw the potential of Phaser Lock from the success of Final Approach and came to the studio with the intention of expanding their VR offerings and making an investment in the growing space.

“With Smilegate’s support, we feel we can make an even bigger impact on the VR market, creating a best-in-show experience nobody has been a part of before,” said Daubert. “We take pride in putting out high quality VR content. Our partnership with Smilegate will allow us to do that in new ways, and to reach an entirely new audience with our work.”

“We are excited to partner with Phaser Lock Interactive, one of the pioneers in the industry. PLI has shown innovative ways to create user-friendly interaction in virtual reality while also creating compelling game experiences. PLI is our first foray into a virtual reality global partnership initiative. We will continue to explore and identify industry leaders to aggressively facilitate our expansion into the new, emerging industry,” said Joonho Sung, Group COO, Smilegate.

Phaser Lock plans to release updates on their project with Smilegate in the coming months.

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About Phaser Lock Interactive

Phaser Lock Interactive, LLC is a creative studio based in Austin, Texas that develops virtual reality games, interactive experiences, and provides consultancy to businesses seeking to develop for virtual reality.

Known for critically acclaimed HTC Vive launch title Final Approach, a strategy and air traffic control management game, Phaser Lock creates polished interactive virtual reality experiences across various platforms that explore imagination and creativity.


About Smilegate

Smilegate is Korea’s leading game company, which develops and services mobile and online games.  It has five core business sectors - game development, publishing, platform, investment and social contribution. Established in Korea in 2002, the company is the creator of CROSSFIRE, the world’s top online FPS game with over 8.5 million concurrent players across the globe, and many more distinguished titles. 

For more information regarding Smilegate, please visit the website.


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