Thinking back on 2013, it was a great year. We’d been working at another company where we felt that we didn’t really have the opportunity to do what we wanted anymore and decided to start a new. This is how and why Night Node came to be, perhaps the greatest thing that happened to us all through the whole year.
Things are starting to get right on track. We secured necessary investments allowing us to actually complete Orbital Gear, as well as allowing us to avoid starvation. We also got contacted by Google, where we are now a strategic marketing partner and got on the develop’s 100 most exciting video game start-ups. Great things are happening for sure.
There is still a lot of work to be done, but overall 2014 looks like it’s going to be an awesome year. Not to mention that Orbital Gear will be released sometime in spring.
Happy new year from all of us at Night Node!
On January the 15th we will have our play test for Orbital Gear at Dragon’s Lair which is a game center in Stockholm. If you are interested in participating in the play test just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your first and last name, age and experience in gaming.
As thank you for testing and feedback we will provide you with something to eat either pizza or subway, if you have any allergies please let us now ahead of time.
We just want to add that we have a limited amount of seats for the testing so we can’t guarantee a spot. We urge you to be there and be square!
And on another note. Yesterday was awesome! I attended Uppsala Game Developer Evening and met a lot of people from Machine Games, Gaming Corps, Hansoft, Goo Technologies, Star Breeze and other awesome people. Thank you Hansoft for having such a great Game dev pub!
Hey There! It’s me MowHammer! And I got some news for you peoples!
Started out really awkward! I had a meeting with a animation company called Cinematic to see if they wanted to make the Orbital Gear trailer. Bad communication led to them going to our office and me to their’s. Pro-tip for anyone that is setting up a meeting is to pick a location for the meeting, it makes everything so much simpler. But it turned out great. They headed back to Stockholm and we had ourselves a little fika (fika is something swedes do a lot!) they wanted to make the trailer for a nominal fee. Now we just have to get the contribution from Almi so we can pay for the trailer. Almi is a government funded organisation who helps companies with loans and contributions to help their company grow.
After the meeting with Cinematic we went to STHLM TECH MEETUP to find some investors. Unfortunately we had no luck there. It seems hard to find investors that want to invest in non-mobile games that doesn’t have a free-to-play model. Everyone is looking for the next Candy Crush. Got a lot of free beers though ^_^
We had a meeting to set the feature list for the game 😀
Toca Boca Wednesday!
I came in to the office in time! Wohoo!! A friend of mine really wanted to try out Orbital Gear. Of course you can’t say no to a friend 😀 But he wanted to meet up really early! I was so sure that I would be late. But somehow I made it in time! Awesome!It seems like he really liked the game, which made coming in time to the office totally worth it. That day we found out that there was going to be a Unity3D meetup! There was only 3 spots left for the meetup so we acted fast! Me, Crylar and Binarin went there with a crappy laptop to show the game for everyone there. Toca Boca hosted the event and we gotta say wow. They rule big time! Amazing refreshments, awesome office and cool games! If you have the time you should really check out their games/toys. We saw some really cool things being presented on the meetup one of them was Shader Forge!It was still in alpha, but man it was cool. Get a look at it here —> (Shader Forge) awesome way to make beautiful shaders! Orbital Gear got some good feedback from the audience so we are very happy to have taken this opportunity to show our game.
So today was the big day that we have been waiting for! We had gotten an email from someone at Google about a possible a strategic partnership. He had read about us in Develop 100’s article, Most Exciting Start-Ups In Europe. After the meeting we were very pleased that they wanted to invest time and resources in us. When we asked him why he choose us, he said that he went with his gut feeling.
Is the future!
So our beloved CTO Joxe is still at home sick with some sort of throat super virus. We all miss the table flipping, the jokes, the frustration and having discussions at lunch. Hope you get better soon! Maybe this video will help!
Being sick really sucks! Crylar and Binarin seem to have a special gene that makes them immune to all kinds of diseases in the known universe. They never get sick! Me I get sick all the time so that is my normal state of health.