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Wanna meet the new guys? From left to right...
Paul joins us as Game Lead. His mission is to recruit a new team of special agents to work on the next Spymaster game. He’s previously worked at famous companies like Crytek and Rockstar, and is also British, which means that tea consumption at PlayRaven (and maybe even in Finland) is now at an all time high.
Vinicius joins us from Rovio as our new Server Programmer. Originally hailing from Brazil, Vinicius kept the (very popular) Angry Birds Toons animations online with nothing but his own brute force and boyish good looks. Well, at least that's what he told us!
The addition of these two fine gentlemen means that we now have a grand total of three Brits and three Brazilians working at PlayRaven. I am still trying to figure out the best way to apply this knowledge, but I think it starts with a game of football...
There’s no better way to spend your Easter weekend than in a conference hall packed with a thousand demoscene dudes.
In our search for the next Spymaster team, we thought it would be a good idea (or excuse!?) to head to Saarbrücken in Germany and sponsor one of the biggest demoscene events in the world. It was awesome. With such a high bar for quality and such great people, the event was a massive success.
It’s also just a great chance to grab a drink and catch up.
Huge thanks to the organisers for doing such an amazing job! Be sure to head over to the After Party section on their site for more details on the event.
Imagine being a REAL spy. Hiding in dustbins, walking around undercover. Wearing a funny hat and a big coat, while talking to strangers in a gruff voice? For many people the life of a spy has been a fantasy that one never grows out of.
Well, not today!
Earlier we mentioned on our blog that we would be recruiting a new team of special agents to work on a brand new Spymaster game, and that time has come...
CALLING ALL SPECIAL AGENTS:
The opportunity to build the future of Spymaster is all yours!
Also we'll be continuing our hunt at Revision 2015 next weekend, April 3 - 6. If you're going then please come say hey!
In Beta: A few weeks back we announced that we would be running our first ever beta program across all of our upcoming titles.
Since then, the beta has been well underway, we’re currently at about 300 sign ups (thanks!) and we’ve been sending out test builds for our next release (which until now has been dubbed “Project Nano”) to everyone on that list.
It’s been going great so far. We’ve been getting all kinds of constructive feedback from friends, friends-of-friends and people we’ve never met before.
One more thing, we can now exclusively reveal that “Project Nano” will be called ROBOCIDE!!
Sign up to the Robocide beta at playraven.com/beta
It's great to be back after a long week in San Francisco.
As well as meeting and hanging out with awesome people, we also had the chance to catch a few sessions. Here are three of our favorite talks...
Designing CounterSpy: A Journey From Games to Pixar to Games
We love Pixar and we love spies. What more is there to say?!
From 58 to 81: The Mighty Comeback of Gazillion's Marvel Heroes 2015
Inspiring, a great talk for anyone working on a F2P game.
Crossy Road: A Whale of a Time
Doing things differently and reaping the rewards. Definitely an approach we believe in.
Make sure to check them out on the GDC Vault if you can.
All-in-all, an epic week.
Also… We had the chance to demo our upcoming game Winterstate and exclusively unveil a FIRE ENGINE THAT FIRES FIRE!!
See you all next year!
Ahhh! Palm trees, hot California sun and a conference hall filled with game developers!
Yes, we're getting ready for GDC next week.
There's a bunch of us going (EIGHT in total), so it shouldn't be too hard to track us down.
We’re really excited to meet everyone, grab a drink (or two) and share what we’ve been working on. Also, we’re still hiring...
Give us a shout if you want to hang out!
...is you do NOT talk about beta testing!
Just kidding! We don't particularly care for keeping secrets at PlayRaven, which is why we've launched our new playraven.com/beta page.
Feel free to head over, sign up and keep an eye out for our upcoming tests.
We have two new titles on the way and we'll start sending out test builds of our next release very soon!
Leaked documents suggest that a new team of agents is being recruited to take Spymaster’s tactical brand of espionage to the next level.
I have reached out across the room for comment, but no one is really listening.
Applications can be submitted at the top secret intelligence database at playraven.com/jobs.
The opportunity to reshape the world of Spymaster is all yours, No Strings Attached (NSA).
P.S. Sorry for the awful puns. I blame Finland - maybe I have been snowd en for too long.