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: Play Bay - The new eSports hub

Play Bay is a new eSport training centre at the heart of Hamburg, established in 2021. Open to experienced players and total newcomers, their goal is to create a welcoming space for everyone. They offer individual training sessions and coachings, slots during which visitors can play their favourite games on PS5s or high-end PCs, and LAN parties. They also offer booths for streamers and team building events. On top of that Play Bay is also hosting tournaments. We took the opportunity to do a quick three-question interview with the co-founders Laurens Ahlring and Patrick Bauer.

Our year 2021 - Full speed ahead

We’re looking back on an exciting and eventful year 2021, which once again presented many challenges to our methods, workflow and implementation of our programs and offers - but also brought along so many interesting encounters, new projects and opportunities! 

Daniel Marx from Osmotic Studios

Indie Dev Insights #3: How to build a successful small indie team

In the third episode of our Indie Dev Insights video series, Daniel Marx, CEO at the Hamburg-based Osmotics Studio, gives first-hand insights about his experience with founding a studio and working in a small indie team.

The Rise of #cozygames on TikTok

For many above the age of 20, TikTok might as well still be called musical.ly and mainly feature dance challenges for teens. But with one billion users it has since then become a very exciting platform with unique trends that are amplified by TikTok’s algorithm. Luckily, that algorithm is pretty capable and so we found the #cozygames.

Hamburg Games Conference 2022: First speakers & Trailer

The Hamburg Games Conference sets course for new markets – with international experts from academia, games industry and public funding institutions already confirmd as first speakers for the hybrid event on March 2 and 3, 2022. Also: New trailer gives a peek into the extended hybrid event concept!

Games Lift 2021: Graduated!

​​​​​​​For the people behind the project, Games Lift Graduation is a cause for celebration. After three intense months, they can pause for an evening and marvel at the accomplishments of the five incubator teams. For the actual team members, celebration comes only after the presentation. Find out all about our Games Lift Graduation event in this Games Lift Log.

New Game from Hamburg: Deep Silver FISHLABS release "CHORUS" today

Big day for Hamburg-based development studio Deep Silver FISHLABS: Their eagerly awaited dark space-shooter CHORUS released today for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox X/S, Xbox One, Stadia, Amazon Luna, Steam, Epic, and GeForce Now!

Live today: Games Lift Graduation 2021

Five teams from Hamburg participate in our Games Lift Incubator 2021 with their promising games porjects from September to December - and now it's time to see what they have achieved and what they're up to. Join us for their final presentations on December 2 - live via stream or on-site in Hamburg!

Games Lift: ‘consider it’ get the green light

Timo Schneider and Kevin Westphal have been developing software successfully for years. Then something unexpected happened: An app of theirs was way too much fun to just be useful. With "supernightshift", they are taking the next step. Read more in our Games Lift Incubator Log.

Games Germany Steam Sale 2022 - Enter Your Game

Games Germany partner up with Steam, organizing a Steam Sale for Games made in Germany in February 2022

Job alert! We are looking for a Project Manager (m/f/d)

We are looking for a Project Manager (m/f/d) for Gamecity Hamburg (full- or part-time, for a fixed term as a parental leave replacement).

Gamecity Hamburg funds 3 games prototypes in second funding round 2021

In the second funding round in 2021, Gamecity Hamburg supports three promising games projects with a total of 159,000 euros through its Prototype Funding program. The non-repayable grant enables companies and developers based in Hamburg to develop prototypes of their games for the growing global games market. Together with the six projects selected by the awarding committee in the first funding round, Gamecity Hamburg funds nine prototypes with a total of 411,000 euros this year.

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