August to September 2017, I had the very special honor and duty to help out on-site & fulltime (5 days a week) at Ubisoft Bluebyte as an audio designer, working in the trenches with the audio team of audio director Stefan Randelshofer.
This was beyond helpful & insightful, I learned so many new things & tricks, new perspectives, different ways to work with and think about audio, while being involved with 3 games, both international and national IPs. I mean, I am doing this for a while, but this big picture perspective of a company like Ubisoft, and Stefan’s strife for excellence – this was a great level up for me, for sure.
From the beginning, this was a limited position until the end of September, but we will of course stay in touch and who knows, maybe we will ride into battle again! Big thanks to the team: Stefan, Tino, Felix, Gabs and Arne, and all the other folks at Ubisoft Blue Byte! Thanks for the opportunity!
I hope to be able to shed more light on the specific games I got to work on, but safe to say, I take a lot of new input & energy into 2018!
My kind of karmic boomerang: I bought Original Sin 1 three times (2x for PC coop, 1x for Xbox), and chances are, if we ever met at a convention, that you had to endure one of my rants about that new wave of intelligent indie RPGs, where your choices and actions matter, where the world reacts to what you do, where you are not just chasing arrows to an x on a map … of which Divinity Original Sin is a prime example.
Cut to 2017, when we (mostly Heike) were asked to help with the translation of Divinity – Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios)! It has been a huge team (thx to Riotloc), okay, but I am more than happy to be connected to this stellar new wave rpg series now!
LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 is out for PC, Xbox One and PS4! Heike and I had the honor and joy to translate the whole thing into German, and let me tell you: We had a lot of fun. Seriously, I sat there, concentrating and all work-like, to then honestly lol out of the blue, because a great joke caught me off-guard.
The basic premise is hilarious: Supervillain steals a few dimensions and connects them to a super-city under his evil rule. All through the game, you have cultures clash, New Yorkers checking out medieval England, knights visiting ancient Egypt, vikings in the future … Add to that an extreme roster of 200 characters (including some very very obscure ones!), great jokes that don’t treat you like a kid, bizarre and funny situations and mesh-ups – if you want it super crazy, check out the GwenPool parts. Yes, GwenPool, a character that is basically an internet meme rather than an actual Marvel character, plays a major role here. Her missions are really absurd. NDA-wise I don’t feel good about giving too many examples myself, but I can quote Kotaku: “Another has Howard the Duck and Forbush Man breaking into a comic book convention to debut the video game they’ve developed.” Yes. WTF and glorious. And if you think this is a kiddy game, watch the game go on about NDAs, pitching a game, patching, DLC etc.
I would love to add more of my favorites, but a quick google search tells me how superficially those reviewers dash through their games, because most of the best parts have not been commented on yet. So I wont spoil them here. 🙂
Yes, it’s also a LEGO® game, so I think you know whether you will like gameplay and mechanics. Some people do, some don’t. But I can heartily recommend the writing 😀 We really fought to make the German version as funny as the original, and the German reviews so far seem to notice.
Thanks to Synthesis, Roland Austinat, Traveller’s Tales and Warner Bros.
Happy to announce that Heike and I are working for Blizzcon this weekend! We are part of a huge team, helping with the German version of the presentation.
Check this video here to see how you can join the event online:
Happy to say that Dungeons 3 is out now (for PC, Xbox One and PS4)! It was a big honor and fun working on the sound and audio integration for my friends at Realmforge in Munich again. Super happy to see the good reviews coming in, congrats to the team!
Thanks to everyone at Realmforge for allowing me to be part of this development adventure! It was a pleasure!
Today, I want to present to you a very special game I have been helping with since 2013. It was finished earlier this year. Sadly, you can’t really test it out, it’s a very special thing:
Lost Earth 2307 is a 4X space game AND a serious game, produced by Fraunhofer Institute for use in education by the German military (“Bundeswehr”). This time, I was involved in many areas: Music, sound design, voice recordings, editing & post-production, on-site audio integration using FMOD, text work, video editing and scripting them using ActionScript!
A BIG thanks to Daniel Atorf and the great team of scientist I had the pleasure to work with! Especially the on-site work was a fresh experience, to work with scientists is a pleasant thing! Thanks to Simon & Linked Dimensions!
“Ostwind – Das Spiel” (Aesir Interactive/Eurovideo) is out now for PC! “Ostwind” is a big series of movies and books about horses, very popular with a young female audience in particular, and we had the chance to help with the translations! 🙂 Thanks for the ride!