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We were nominated for German Video Game Award DCP for three awards. When the news hit, we were super excited and slowly we’re turning back to normal mode. After a few days of digesting the news, I wanted to say some words.
The federal ministry of transportation and digital infrastructure, the BIU, the GAME and the Stiftung digitale Spielekultur, the hosts of the show, are using this prize as a recognition and support for games developed in Germany. We have been nominated in the past and unfortunately did not take home the award then. Still, that nomination was one of the many reasons that made us keep developing games. I am very happy to see that the ministry split the pot for the “newcomer” prize between all nominations since then. This will help small studios a lot. 10k can mean a lot for a small studio just in the progress of founding.
The prize is an institution that is worth a lot to studios like us. Not only is the amount of money a very significant funding opportunity for a next title, but also being recognized by a federal institution as a “worthy industry” means a lot.
Shift Happens goes live on Steam Early Access on 9th of September 2015.
Here is the trailer:
We’ve made the decision to finally get the game out there on Steam. We have been working on it for a long time and right now it feels like we have to see what the world thinks about the game.
Early Access for us means being able to communicate with players, react on their feedback immediately and building an audience. The team has been developing Shift Happens for a long time now, not always full-time, but a for a long time.
So yeah: It is happening! Go check out steam, add the game to favorites and be excited!
We are very excited about the launch.
Right now the E32015 is taking place in Los Angeles. Unfortunately we can’t be there ourselves because we’ve been very busy with contract work. But don’t worry! Our partners Deck13 are on site with a brand new gameplay trailer as well as exciting news for the future of Shift Happens!
Other than that, this years gamescom is gonna be a blast! We’ve been part of the Indie Arena of Gamescom 2014 and we will again be attending Gamescom 2015 at the Indie Arena Booth. You’ll be able to check out the latest gameplay demo of Shift Happens and meet Robin, Elena and myself there.
After some struggling with our game name, “Mercury Shift 3D” is now officially called Shift Happens.
We are way more comfortable with that name and it seems to fit very well. We’re all in for bad puns, shit happens a lot in the game and the name is easy to remember. All in all it is the name we have been waiting for. With a little outside help and some brainstorming, we finally came to rest and settled with the name. No further changes.
It marks the beginning of the last few steps of development. Going through Greenlight, finishing the game, launching on Steam and finally being able to bring the game out to you guys.
We’re happy :)
Edit: We are also on Greenlight. Please vote for Shift Happens to make it, well, happen.