It’s almost gamescom o’clock and so the time has come to finally unveil our plans for the most important games event of the year.
We’re extremely happy to report that gamescom 2017 will feature more Belgian games than ever before. That’s mainly thanks to the revamped Belgian pavillion (doesn’t it look great?) in the business area, but there’s also a lot of Belgian pride to be discovered in the trenches of the entertainment area.
These companies will defend the Belgian tricolore in the business area (Hall 04.1 stand A019):
- Apocalypse Hunters: After they joined Mission San Francisco earlier this year, the Brussels based team will show off Apocalypse Hunters, the first location-based collectable card game on mobile.
- Black Land Studio: Founded in January 2017, Mons based trio Black Land Studio is debuting at gamescom this year. They are currently working on Knightmares, a strategy game where badass fluffy toys fight nightmarish creatures in a cardboard puppet theater. Yes, really.
- Cloudalize: Developers of the My GDaaS (GPU Desktop-as-a-Service) concept that allows high-end graphical programs to be accessed anywhere, at any time and from any device.
- Crazy Monkey Studios: The Antwerp based studio is bringing both the action-packed sequel to Guns, Gore & Cannoli and the strategy game Warparty. You can also find them at their own booth (Hall 10.1 Stand A067). Crazy people!
- Cybernetic Walrus: The Antigraviator developers will show off their fast, furious and futuristic game at the pavillion and at their very own booth (Hall 10.1 E030) of the entertainment area.
- Fishing Cactus: Prepare to have your brain melted by their new monochrome puzzle platform game Shift Quantum, that will also be playable at the Indie Arena Booth in Hall 10.1 of the entertainment area.
- Frosty Froggs: Another newcomer this year is Frosty Froggs. Their four player party game Chased looks like it will cause a lot of guaranteed multiplayer mayhem.
- Glowfish Interactive: Anyone who keeps an eye on #screenshotsaturday has seen their twin-stick action-adventure Trifox in action. Returning for the second consecutive year, we’re curious to see how it evolved since last year.
- Happy Volcano: Would you like to go hands-on with mysterious point-and-click adventure game The Almost Gone (previously known as Winter). We’re quite sure the answer to that is a resounding yes.
- Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard: The Namur based school will be represented by two dev teams from their incubator program: the VR oriented Vidock Studio and the non-VR focused AnomalyX Studio.
- Mode4: They are putting the finishing touches on spaghetti western meets roguelike Bomberman Bombslinger and they very much want you to see the near final result.
- Not a Company: After succesfully securing funding through Kickstarter, Not a Company is bringing arcade arena combat game Hoverloop to Cologne for the first time. It’s good to see so many new and young teams putting themselves out there.
- OJOO: Should you somehow get bored from all the excitement, you can use the OJOO app to create your own game and transform the Koelnmesse itself into a playground in no time.
- Pajama Llama Games: Flotsam looks as gorgeous as ever. The team has been hard at work to improve their game, so we’re curious how much the water has risen since last year’s passage.
- Team Panoptes: Panoptic was born at gamescom last year, so Cologne will always have a special place in the heart of the developers. You’ll be able to play the latest update of the cat and mouse VR game. There’s even a dedicated VR space, so you don’t accidentally kill someone.
- Triangle Factory: Next to their succesful quiz app Switch, the Ghent based mobile developer will also pack two brand new games in its suitcase. Exciting!
But wait, there’s even more Belgian goodness to be found. Make sure to swing by the Indie Arena Booth to give sU and the Quest for Meaning (Guillaume Bouckaert) and Ary and the Secret of Seasons (eXiin).
Starting August 10, you’ll also be able to find more detailed information (trailer, screenshots, platforms, company info) of all participants on the Belgian Games website. That’s also the day you’ll be able to start registering for the Belgian Beer Cafe, taking place August 22 from 5 PM – 7 PM, where we wash away the first day of the event with some lovely beers.
All this wouldn’t have been possible without the valued support of Flanders DC for financing and organisation. We’d also like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors FIT, AWEX, digitalwallonia, Creative Europe Media Desk Flanders, Duvel Moortgat and our organisational partners WALGA, ScreenBrussels en startups.be. Thank you everyone.
Let’s all make this a week to remember.