Nine studios in Australia will receive cash to develop and release games in the latest round of funding from the Victorian State Government.

The funding, which totals AU$654,000, is expected to support more than 40 employment opportunities in the games sector and generate almost AU$1.2 million for the state.

The games supported include a tactical RPG, a virtual reality sailing experience, and a narrative title involving a wombat.

Film Victoria is also supporting a further three projects to get to market through its Games Release program.

"The bar continues to be raised when it comes to the standard of games generated by Victorian developers," said Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi.

"Many of the projects we’ve supported are expanding onto new platforms which tells us that there is a high demand for Victorian games and that Victorian games companies have a terrific understanding of the marketplace."

Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries in Victoria, added, "Victoria is the only state to consistently invest in games and it’s paying off – with a thriving industry that continues to grow and attract the best talent.

"This funding supports a wide range of projects that showcase the diversity of our industry."

The full list of games receiving funding:

Dead Static Drive
Team FanClub PTY LTD
"‘Grand Theft Cthulhu’– a stylised open world action set against a background of cosmic horror"

Hyper Jam
Bit Dragon
A neon soaked arena brawler

Joko’s World: Pocket Planet
Cultural Infusion
"A ‘spin the globe’ challenge to find lost aliens on earth"

Odd Gods
Inn Between Worlds
"A tactical time travel role-playing game"

Paper House
"A narrative of a wombat’s world in a hot Australian summer"
Official site

Putty Pals
Harmonious Games
"A quirky co-op problem solving game with putty forms"

Spies & Soldiers
Ghostbat Games
"A battle game of strategy and subterfuge across new worlds"
Official site

Tear Through
Walk With Kings
"Explores the life of a SWAT officer in a co-op tactical game"

VR Regatta
Virtual Reality Sailing PTY LTD
"The Sailing Game - compete, train and relax in a virtual sailing experience"