Finnish company Snowhound Games has made a publishing deal for its PC game Deep Sky Derelicts with Russian company 1C, the largest publisher, distributor and developer of computer and video games in Eastern and Central Europe. The game is set for pre-release in October 2017 and full release is scheduled for the end of the first quarter in 2018.
“The Finnish Game Day organised by Invest in Finland in St. Petersburg in June 2017 helped us to connect with 1C. After pitching our game at the event, we participated in the White Nights game conference the following day as part of the Play Finland corner. We made contact with 1C through a matchmaking system and their producer spent two hours at our stand,” says Dmytro Zhovtobryukh, CEO at Snowhound.
Deep Sky Derelicts is an original indie game about exploring ancient spaceships, full of startling encounters, incredible loot and danger awaiting behind every corner. The target audience is PC core players and particularly fans of tactical strategies and RPGs, who enjoy indie titles.
Sharing experiences and making contacts
“The Finnish Game Day is a series of networking events that aims to bring professional game developers from Finland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus closer to each other and help explore business opportunities in Finland and beyond,” explains Oleg Paliy, Business Advisor at Finpro, who organised the event.
“This year we had a full house again at the Consulate General of Finland in Saint Petersburg. We strongly believe that these networking events will open up business opportunities for Finnish companies in the Eastern markets.”
Snowhound’s Zhovtobryukh also participated in the first Finnish Game Day held in 2016.
“I encourage Finnish developers to go and share their experiences and to get more interest from the CIS region,” he says.
Passion for games
With a turnover of EUR 2.5 billion in 2016, Finland has the fastest-growing gaming industry in the world. Zhovtobryukh says he is often asked about the secret behind Finland’s gaming success.
“We all support each other. If I ask something from my contacts, people are willing to help and give that information or advice. From what I’ve heard, it doesn’t normally work that way in other countries, so that’s our main strength and probably the biggest factor in the Finnish game industry’s success.”
Deep Sky Derelicts is drawn in a distinctive retro-futuristic comic book aesthetic, and set in a dystopian future. The mood at Snowhound is far from grim, however.
“The new game release is approaching fast and we are very excited. We hope that people can see all the passion that we have put into the game,” says Zhovtobryukh.
Snowhound Games was founded in December 2015 by seven members of the Game Developers Training course held in JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä. Their debut game Apestorm – Full Bananas was made for mobile and released on AppStore and GooglePlay in April 2016.
More information on Snowhound: http://www.snowhoundgames.com/
Image: Snowhound Games