Well it looks like they couldn't keep themselves away from making their own games, so to make sure that they make the caliber of games that everyone has grown used to when see the Daedalic Entertainment logo they have opened up the brand new studio, Daedalic Entertainment Studio West. Now as we have seen in the past this is not always the easiest of moves, just look at the EA sister studios, or hell even the Blizzard North studio, but hopefully this studio will be around for at least as long as those studios, and maybe even longer. Now of course I'm hoping to see some awesome games come forth from the studio, and of course they aren't going to be giving any of their secrets away just yet as to what their first project will be. For more information I give you the official press release on the matter:
Daedalic Entertainment Studio West: Story-telling specialist establishes new development studio
Hamburg/Duesseldorf, July 14th, 2014 – Today, Hamburg-based adventure game and story-trelling specialist Daedalic Entertainment establishes a new development studio that is supposed to operate from Duesseldorf, Germany.
The new studio, operating under the name of Daedalic Entertainment Studio West, is a sister company of Daedalic Entertainment. Carsten Fichtelmann is appointed as Managing Director for both the parent company as well as Daedalic Entertainment Studio West. He founded the new studio together with industry veterans Andreas Suika, who takes over the role of Creative Director, and Technical Director Dirk Steenpaß.
"Our new studio continues our strategy of developing high quality story- and character-driven games. At Daedalic Entertainment Studio West, there will be a lot of similarities to what we’re doing at Daedalic’s head offices in Hamburg, however, the new Duesseldorf studio will rather be focusing on genres other than adventure games”, explains Daedalic founder and Managing Director Carsten Fichtelmann. “We’ll soon reveal details on Daedalic Studio West’s first project”, he adds. “Together with our industry veteran partners Andreas Suika and Dirk Steenpaß, we‘re very happy to not only start a new adventure for Daedalic, but also to secure Daedalic’s future development.”
“Making the dream of creating a really good game come true does not only require a partner who is ready to commit to bring it what it needs on the development-side of things, but also excels in marketing a product. It’s not easy to develop an outstanding game, but Daedalic is the right partner and gives the right set up to do so. Now, Daedalic opens up another base for developing great games”, says Daedalic Entertainment Studio West Creative Director Andreas Suika. “Over the past weeks, we realized that we share important values and ideas, and that we complement one another perfectly. Since the very first minute we met, we are seeing a very creative exchange happening between the creatives of both teams“, Andreas Suika adds.
Daedalic’s new studio now also allows the company to look for development talent in other areas than Hamburg.
Details on Daedalic Entertainment’s Studio West’s first projects as well as the office location etc. will be revealed soon.
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Well its about time that Daedalic Entertainment finally got around to give us the full Deponia experience in one nicely wrapped package, and of course this would not be complete without the appearance of extras, so for those out there wanting to get this collection, you are going to have more to look forward to. Now of course you have to be thinking to yourself, longtime Deponia fans, well crap what about the people who bought each installation? I mean we deserve some stuff too, right? Well it turns out that Daedalic will take 30% off the collection price for each title that you have. So basically if you played the entire game you will be able to get the extras for 10% of the original cost. Now of course I always fear that I might have missed something in the press release, so here it is so that you too can actually read the awesomeness:
Deponia - The Complete Journey: The big journey around Deponia starts now
Hamburg, July 8th, 2014. Those in search for one big and crazy adventure, will get lucky now! Today Daedalic Entertainment releases Deponia: The Complete Journey worldwide. This collection of the award-winning Deponia series includes all three games: Deponia, Chaos on Deponia and Goodbye Deponia in a revised version. A trailer is now available here:
Deponia: The Complete Journey offers the whole trilogy as one complete game experience, including a useful graphic questlog, which will not only be a very helpful feature to adventure-newbies, but also gives new useful information for seasoned Deponia-fans. Additionally, this edition also contains several extras, enriching the unique Deponia-experience:
- More than four hours of optional developers commentary, featuring the games author Poki and the English as well as German voices of Rufus (Kerry Shale/ Monty Arnold), Goal (Alex Wilton Regan/ Sinikka Compart) and Goon (Gronkh, German version only)
- 6 new songs from author Poki as downloadable mp3- & flac-files
- Bonus videos:
- The Art of Deponia
- How to draw Rufus & Goal with Art Director Simone Kesterton
- all bonus materials from the Goodbye Deponia Premium Edition (Soundtrack, Concept Art, Animation Workbook, “Introduction to Deponia”-Book)By the way, all those who already own one or more installments of the Deponia-Series on Steam will get a discount on Deponia-The Complete Journey in the Steam store. It's a 30% discount per Deponia title in your library. That means, one title grants 30%, two 60% and all three will result in a 90% discount. This offer lasts until September 8th, 2014.
The Deponia-trilogy is a multiple award-winning series of point & click adventure games, telling three ludicrous stories, set on the trash planet of Deponia and its bizarre surroundings: While Deponia’s regular inhabitants are forced to live on the planet’s trashy surface, the – literal – „upper class“ enjoys bliss and luxury in the floating city „Elysium“. Between both castes resides the Organon on giant monorail cruisers. The Organon is a group of grim officers controlling the fate of both the inhabitants of Deponia as well as Elysium.
Anti-hero Rufus lives on the Deponia surface, between junk and recycled things. All he dreams of is finding his way to Elysium, to finally leave what he thinks of is a stupid live. He’s an inventor and nothing can stop him from coming up with ideas for machines that will take him up on the space ship. However, no matter how hard he tries – he never actually had any success yet, and all he makes it to is the Organon level of things. There, he meets Goal, a beautiful girl from Elysium, whom Rufus takes for being his ticket to paradise.
Deponia is a series of hand-drawn 2D comic point & click adventure games, full of sarcastic dialogues and black humor. Deponia has won a number of impressive awards, such as the “Best Game 2013” trophy at the German Computer Game Awards for Chaos on Deponia, the second game of the series.
Deponia – The Complete Journey, including all new features will be available on Steam and the Mac App Store at 6 p.m. (CEST) for US$ 39.99/ € 39.99/ £ 29.99/ RUR 699 here:
Well in a world where studios are closing faster than ever before it would appear that we have the next victim, though to be honest no one really knew of its official closing. Sources are saying that upon trying to get into the studio's offices they found the doors locked and equipment for sale. So it would appear that Airtight Games, the makers of:
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Has faded into the night. I can only hope that those laid off, however many there were, are able to quickly find new jobs to keep them making games, and living the dream.