Craig Derrick | Creative Director & Executive Producer

Star Wars x Contra: Return

Posted on January 16, 2019

Here's a peek at a big project we've been working on.  Lucasfilm and Tencent have partnered on a brand new survival game mode in Contra: Return -- Imperial Training!  Play as a Stormtrooper and compete in Imperial training exercises from within the Death Star.  Dive into the map, arm yourself with a vast selection of weapons and skills and eliminate other Stormtroopers to become the last one standing.  More to come soon!

Star Wars x Brave Frontier 2

Posted on August 24, 2018

We're kicking off an amazing collaboration between Lucasfilm and Alim for Brave Frontier 2!  Play as Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and Obi-Wan against Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and other characters from BF2.  The pixel characters and environments look fantastic and really feel nostalgic while fitting in perfectly with the style of Brave Frontier.  This is one of those opportunities that feels really special.  Hope you all enjoy it!

Fifth Journey Beams Aboard George Takei!

Posted on July 6, 2017

George Takei is entering the world of online games. He recently joined Hong Kong and San Francisco-based gaming company Fifth Journey as a creative director.

We're very excited to announce the addition of George Takei to our Fifth Journey leadership team.  Read more about this exciting development and what's in store for the future of our company via Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

Kubo Released and Featured in China!

Posted on January 13, 2017

Kubo: A Samurai Quest has just been released in China and is featured as an Editor's Choice in the top position on the iTunes store!  We're currently the 2nd most downloaded Adventure game, 16th overall, and 20th in the Top Grossing charts.  Congratulations everyone!

Our FIRST Game: Kubo: A Samurai Quest™

Posted on August 18, 2016

MATCH. COLLECT. BATTLE!

I'm pleased to announce the release of our first game: Kubo: A Samurai Quest.

Eric Tan and Craig Derrick at LAIKA

Match magical charms, discover and collect beautiful origami characters, and battle against the forces of the evil Sisters on your quest through The Far Lands. Based on the animated film Kubo and the Two Strings we worked closely with the incredibly talented team at LAIKA to create a Match-3 puzzle game with a fun collection and accessible battle mechanic that we think audiences of all ages will find entertaining and challenging!

I'm incredibly proud of the teams at Fifth Journey, Playside Studios, and Universal for making this beautiful game together.  Please go see the movie and give our game a try.  We really hope you like it!

Download it now HERE

Fifth Journey in the South China Morning Post

Posted on March 15, 2016

Reading a Chinese newspaper at Tempest Bar during GDC. As you do.

Congratulations to Fifth Journey and Eric for the great coverage in today's South China Morning Post following our company announcement.

“Many gaming companies want to work in Hollywood, but we understand their stories and characters first and then decide what kind of game to make.” The three Hollywood studios are so keen for Tan to get started that his team has been given permission to look at movies six months ahead of the release and have access to the writers and creators of the movies for as much information as they need to create the games.

The actual design of the storylines and characters, the game design and the monetisation are done by Fifth Journey’s creative office in San Francisco, led by chief creative officer Craig Derrick, while publishing, sales and marketing, dealing with Asian channels and distribution are done in Hong Kong.

Check out the entire article here or by zooming in on the paper I'm reading.

Announcing Fifth Journey

Posted on February 23, 2016
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Eric Tan and Craig Derrick

I'm very proud to finally reveal and announce Fifth Journey, the company I've co-founded with my friend and business partner Eric Tan!

From animated feature debuts to cult classics and blockbusters franchises, Fifth Journey creates fan-first, next-generation mobile entertainment based on film and television content. We’re pioneering mobile entertainment in partnership with Hollywood’s leading studios by advancing the latest technologies, including O2O and virtual reality, providing a platform for mobile streaming, video-on-demand and Hollywood-linked e-commerce while delivering these experiences into the fastest growing markets in the world. We’re a unique combination of creative and distribution strengths, united by a love of Hollywood and committed to making the most authentic and engaging experiences ever for mobile.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step...and this is a big one.  I hope you join us on this trip and that we find a way to entertain you through our stories and games.  Read the entire VentureBeat interview at the following link: Hollywood backs Fifth Journey to take movie licensed games to China.

(L/R) Robert Lepsoe, Craig Derrick, Eric Tan, Xavier Rosée, and Ian Dominguez