Hello extended reality family, I am back happy and healthy from a successful GDC and ecstatic to put together my second blog since joining the Andromeda Entertainment tribe. If you missed the inaugural entry, you can find that link right here and in the links list at the bottom of this page.
This blog will also act as a quarter one update, where I will highlight some of the more exciting stuff Andromeda and Kinemotik have been up to since 2022 started. We have tons to go over today, so let’s dive right in with some award-winning updates.
Winner in two Best Game categories at the NYX Game Awards
We received this fantastic news right before I started working on this write-up–I already had the outline drafted and approved and everything–so I cannot tell you how excited I am that I was able to include it!
This year, the 2022 NYX Game Awards Season 1 received over 500 game entry submissions from over 30 countries worldwide. Including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Poland, New Zealand, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Sweden, and Denmark.
Winners of the 2022 NYX Game Awards included Dying Light 2 Stay Human (Techland), FIFA 22 (Electronic Arts), My Time at Sandrock (PatheaGames), Angry Birds Journey (Rovio), I Expect You to Die 2 (Shell Games), Martha Is Dead (Wired Productions), Faerie Afterlight (Mastiff), Beatstar – Touch Your Music (Space Ape Games), Robo Revenge Squad (Mill Games S.A.), Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic (Aldin Dynamics), and many more.
We are truly honoured to be alongside such gaming greatness, and our passion for creating transformative experiences has not only reignited, it has become a supernova of excitement and commitment to the future.
Game Developer’s Conference
My first time speaking at GDC was everything I had ever imagined, and I had imagined it for as long as I can remember. So happy to report the week was a productive mix of catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in years, learning, meeting new partners, new friends, and finally meeting friends face to face for the first time after years of covid collaboration. Shout out to the team at Tiltfive for letting us try out their tech toys.
Our session, Was This Review Helpful? Translating Feedback into Priorities for Production, discussed how we strip the inherent emotional narrative from feedback and reviews to reveal objective issues, concerns, or suggestions to prioritize for production or development teams. Didn’t get a chance to catch it? It will be live in the GDC Vault in the coming weeks.
The Audio Trip team has been hard-at-work backstage getting everything ready for full release later this year but that hasn’t stopped them from making serious moves worthy of mention in this blog.
Certified VR Healthy Game
Audio Trip has been officially certified as a “VR Healthy Game” in the categories of cardiovascular exercise (high intensity), and range of motion. Want to get your heart rate up while you boogie down? Audio Trip has all the right moves to fit right in to your fitness routine.
Kinemotik Studios is Hiring!
That’s right! With how quickly things are ramping up this year, the team has decided to bring on some additional troupe members to get things perfectly polished and ready for opening night.
We will list the current open positions below, but be sure to keep an eye on the Kinemotik website to keep up to the minute with new postings!
Andromeda Entertainment and Kinemotik Studios are now AIXR Members
Internationally, AIXR identifies, celebrates, and exemplifies the very best in immersive technology. By connecting people, projects, and knowledge together AIXR enables growth, nurtures talent, and develops standards, bringing wider public awareness and understanding to virtual and augmented reality industries. Officially founded in 2019, AIXR's not-for-profit, full time team now boasts over 100 company members, supports a growing network of over 12,000 people internationally and work's across North America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at https://aixr.org/
Andromeda Entertainment Announces Next Title: SolarBlack
For the finale, we would like to share that we are nearing the launch of our THIRD transformative title, SolarBlack. SolarBlack is the all-new out-of-this-world action-rhythm game made exclusively for VR by a single developer and we have been hard at work behind the scenes in closed testing getting it ready for takeoff to a head-mounted device near you.
We’d love to share a brief description for SolarBlack below and are stoked to be launching on the Pico platform later this year.
SolarBlack is an action-rhythm game made exclusively for VR where you slice and shoot to the beat to defeat an other-worldly threat. Immerse yourself in new worlds as you train your body and mind in time to a handcrafted soundtrack. Control the tempo of the battle as you see fit with Flextime and seek to unravel the secrets of the universe on your journey to becoming the ultimate legend of sound and space.
Interested in helping shape the future of this new action-fueled space adventure? Reach out to our Community Director, Ashley “Vause” Foo, about getting early access to our community of space-legends-in-training.
Until next time,
Ashley “ashleyriott” Blake
Links mentioned in this blog
@kinemotik on Twitter. https://twitter.com/kinemotik/status/1501575729896636419?s=20&t=At0lVRJaOWLUMw_PSOnKSw.
@tiltfive on Twitter. https://twitter.com/tiltfive/status/1510279477615542273?s=20&t=TR_sXvYd8OJd00kKmgO_qw.
Blake, Ashley "ashleyriott". 2022. 2022: Truly the Year VR Transcends to the Mainstream? 04 06. https://www.enterandromeda.com/blog/2022-truly-the-year-vr-transcends-to-the-mainstream.
GDC 2022 Session Viewer. Was this Review Helpful? Translating Feedback into Priorities for Production. https://schedule.gdconf.com/session/community-management-summit-was-this-review-helpful-translating-feedback-into-priorities-for-production/883860.
kinemotik studios unity vr diagnostics engineer. Work with Indies. https://www.workwithindies.com/careers/kinemotik-studios-unity-vr-diagnostics-engineer.
@thermyy on Twitter. https://twitter.com/thermyy/status/1509233890409340928?s=20&t=TR_sXvYd8OJd00kKmgO_qw.