More initiatives of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
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More initiatives of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft

Gaia Beyond: Riesenspiel mit winzigem Team

Kaum zu glauben: Das Team, dass im kommenden Jahr sein Weltraum-Spiel „Gaia Beyond“ bei Steam veröffentlichen wird, besteht nur aus drei Leuten! Und davon lebt nur einer hier in Hamburg. Wie kann so etwas funktionieren? gamecity hat nachgefragt.

Ein Spiel mit nur drei Leuten zu produzieren - geht das? Das geht - wie Tobias Offermanns, Florian Richter und Devendra Pohly mit ihrem Titel "Gaia beyond" eindrucksvoll berweisen. Im kommenden Jahr soll das Spiel über Steam releast werden, doch momentan arbeitet das Trio noch daran - mit klar festgelegten Aufgaben. So steckt jeder - gerne nachts - eine Menge Zeit in die Entwicklung. Kommunikationstools wie Skype helfen dabei, denn zwei Mitglieder des Teams leben in Bonn und eines in Hamburg. Damit es dennoch gut funktioniert, bezeichnen die Macher Vertrauen ineinander als wichtige Grundlage für die Arbeit an Gaia Beyond, das bereits seit Anfang 2011 in der Entwicklung ist.

Zuerst im Early Access

Erscheinen soll der packende Mix aus Klassikern wie "Freelancer" und der "X"-Reihe von Egosoft im Frühjahr 2018 als Early Access, die Macher planen bislang mit der fertigen Version 1.0 zum Jahresende. In Gaia Beyond soll der Spieler einen Weltraumtrip erleben, der mit Open-World-Mechaniken, Rollenspiel-Elementen und viel Entdeckergeist eine spannende Story erzählt.

Der Spieler beginnt sein Abenteuer auf dem Pluto und muss sich dann durch verschiedene Aufgaben kämpfen und duskutieren, mit unterschiedlichen Fraktionen zurechtkommen, im Weltraum gegen Piraten bestehen, Geld verdienen und vieles mehr. Die Handlung soll non-linear sein und dem Spieler eine Menge Entscheidungsfreiheit lassen. Wenn das nicht nach einem coolen Game klingt!

Spaß für große Zielgruppe

Gaia Beyond soll dabei eine Generation junger Spieler genauso ansprechen wie alte Hasen, die schon die Vorbilder gespielt und Lust darauf haben, so ein Abenteuer erneut zu erleben. Dabei fordert das Trio aber durchaus auch Geduld und Aufmerksamkeit vom Spieler: Damit die komplexe Story mit zahlreichen Wendungen und Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten ihren vollen Charme entfalten kann, muss ein Text auch mal gelesen und eine Schlüsselszene angesehen werden. Aber da macht sich gamecity:Hamburg mal gar keine Sorgen.

Wer jetzt neugierig geworden ist, sollte sich unbedingt einmal auf http://www.gaiabeyond.com/ umsehen, um sich selbst ein Bild vom ehrgeizigen Weltraum-Open-World-Game zu machen. 

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Three Questions to: Dom Schott, Creator of the Podcast OK COOL

Dom Schott has been a part of the German games journalism scene for some time already, but the last few years brought big changes for him: he joined the team of The Pod on a regular basis, moved to Hamburg and started his own podcast: OK COOL. We took this opportunity to reverse the roles and ask him about his work for a change.

3 years of Games Lift: Getting better with age

Three successful years lie behind the Games Lift Incubator. Before we start the fourth one, we take a look back. Our alumni have a lot to show.

2022 in Review

2022 was a big year for us at Gamecity Hamburg as we saw the return of in-person events, a new convention in Hamburg, great projects in our funding programs and so much more! We want to take the last slow business days of the year as an opportunity to look back and offer a sneak peek at what's ahead of us for 2023.

Three Questions to: Elbphilharmonie concert hall about their online escape game

Hamburg's famous Elbphilharmonie concert hall recently released its first game - yes, you've read that correctly: Together with the Hamburg-based digital agency Pop Rocket Labs, they've developed an online escape game in which players must save a classical concert by solving puzzles. We've talked to Julika von Werder from the Elbphilharmonie's marketing team about the background of this project.

Bytro Labs tests 4-day week: Interview with founder Tobias Kringe

Hamburg-based studio Bytro Labs tests out a studio-wide 4-day work week from October to December this year. We talked to founder Tobias Kringe about this decision, how it affects way of working and what they hope to gain from it.

Federal Games Funding: Applications open again from January 1, 2023

Good news for the German games industry: as of January 1, developers and studios can submit applications for the federal funding for video games. The funding for 2023 amounts to 20 million euros, and it is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Goodgame Studios Reaches One Billion Euros in Sales with Empire Series

Congratulations to Goodgame Studios for reaching more than one billion euros in sales with their "Empire" series. The franchise includes four titles at this point and is played by over 220 million registered users, making it a great success for the Hamburg-based studio.

Hamburg Games Conference 2023: First Speakers announced

The Hamburg Games Conference returns on March 1 & 2, 2023 with the topic "Invest in Games". Now the first games industry experts are confirmed, who will share insights and best practices in talks, keynotes and panels around the main topic, as well as on dev, funding and start-up topics.

Games Lift Incubator: Grown together

The graduation pitch has marked the finale of Games Lift Incubator 2022. All five teams got to present what they achieved in the last three months. Not an easy task – but everyone came well-prepared. The setting was relaxed, the presentations strong.

Recap: Games Compass 2022

On November 23, InnoGames and Gamecity Hamburg invited decision makers from the games and digital industries of Hamburg and beyond to their jointly organized, exclusive networking event Games Compass.

Road to Hamburg Games Conference 2023: Apply until January 30

For this year's Hamburg Games Conference, Gamecity Hamburg once again opens its Road to program: We offer a number of physical showcasing spot packages for Hamburg-based studios, publishers, teams, and devs. Apply until January 30!

Hamburg Games Conference: Focusing on the topic “Invest in Games” on March 1-2, 2023

The Hamburg Games Conference will return as an on-site event in a new location in Hamburg. The conference theme "Invest in Games" will shed light on current and future developments in the international games industry.

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