World’s First Video Game to be Synced with Home Lighting from Philips


Chariot LogoFrima Studio Inc. (“Frima”), Canada’s largest independent game developer and Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, are proud to announce the integration of Phillips Hue connected lighting  with the hit game Chariot. Frima is bringing immersive home entertainment to a whole new level by making Phillips Hue lighting interact in real time with the gameplay of its popular title. The enhanced Chariot game experience is now officially available exclusively on Microsoft’s Xbox One.

“Chariot has been a great title in our ID@Xbox portfolio since it launched into Games With Gold last year. We’re thrilled that Frima is pushing the boundaries with this new technology from Philips Hue and are really excited to see it come to Xbox.” Said Chris Charla, Director ID@Xbox at Microsoft.

With over one million downloads worldwide, Chariot is a popular couch co-op platformer with rich, vibrant colors and out-of-this-world graphics and environments. It is now able to control all the Philips Hue lights in the room to reflect in real time what is happening in the game. Different lights are connected together to create a unique ambiance with hundreds of colors for the ultimate immersion in the game universe. When enemies attack, Hue lights blink red. When colorful plants bloom, their colors are reflected in the room. From subtle shifts to sudden bursts, everything onscreen is reflected in a Hue-enabled space.

“With its stunning art and mesmerizing environments, Chariot is a perfect fit to demonstrate the full potential of Philips Hue for games and Frima is the ideal partner to help us showcase a technological world premiere,” said Wout Verhagen, Director Strategic Alliances & Partnerships at Philips.

The game is fully localized in English, French and Japanese (voiceover and user interface/menus). The game is also localized (subtitles over English voiceover and localized user interface/menus) in Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian.

“As a leading digital entertainment company in Canada, Frima innovates yet again bringing the video game experience to a whole new level of immersion,” said Steve Couture, Frima’s CEO. “We are very proud to be the first in the world to integrate Philips Hue lighting with a videogame and are excited to offer this unique experience to fans of Chariot.”

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