Polish game developers will for the second time present their productions at the largest industry event in China: China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference (ChinaJoy) held in Shanghai. Between 3rd and 5th August 2018, ChinaJoy will host some of the most interesting indie game development studios from Poland.
As in 2017, the project is the result of the collaboration between the Indie Games Polska Foundation, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Institute in Beijing. From the submitted applications, 14 games have been selected to represent the diversity of the Polish gaming industry.
11bit Studios returns to ChinaJoy with the production Frostpunk, well received by both critics (according to GameRankings, it averaged the score of 85%) and players (250,000 copies sold within 250 days of the release). It is worth mentioning that 11bit Studios, known to the Chinese gamers from the award-winning This War of Mine, in June 2018 signed a contract with the Chinese gaming giant, Tencent, for the distribution of the game Moonlighter in China. The success of this Polish developer is undoubted evidence of the strengthening position of Polish video games and proves that they are worth promoting in China.
Another interesting production shown at the Polish stand at ChinaJoy is Bushy Tail, a narrative game released by the Fuero Games studio. The production is distinguished by an elaborate, extraordinary graphic design and a way of narrative, conducted by two children whose story accompanies the player throughout the entire game. Thanks to interactive elements and the possibility of influencing the story development, the game becomes even more absorbing.
Chinese gamers may also take a liking to Apocalipsis, an adventure game created by the Punch Punk Games studio, in which the player assumes the role of Harry, wandering in a dark land in search of his beloved. The game’s graphic design is inspired by such productions as Machinarium or Samorost. On his journey, the protagonist encounters characters straight out of Albrecht Dürer’s engravings or St. John’s Apocalypse. The game is accompanied by a soundtrack including music by the internationally recognised band Behemoth.
ChinaJoy is one of the most important and largest events in the video games industry. During the 2017 edition, over 4000 games from 30 countries were presented, and the event was visited by over 340,000 viewers. The expo is also an excellent opportunity to establish important industry contacts: according to the organisers, during the 2017 ChinaJoy over 370 contracts were signed.
It is also worth recalling that during the 2017 ChinaJoy a cooperation agreement was signed between the Indie Games Polska and the China Indie Game Alliance, which provides for the exchange of knowledge and mutual support in the promotion of games on the Polish and Chinese markets. The ceremony of signing the memorandum at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Shanghai was attended by Daniel Lewandowski, Polish Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage. As a result, a delegation of Chinese game developers participated in the Poznań Game Arena fair, and in the autumn of 2017 their Polish counterparts revisited Shanghai, where they took part in the WePlay Game Expo.
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Full list of games presented at the Polish stand at the 2018 ChinaJoy and their developers:
- Frostpunk (11 bit Studios)
- Apocalipsis – Harry at the End of the World (Punch Punk Games)
- Commander 85 (The Moonwalls)
- ElectriX: Electro Mechanic Simulator (SimFabric)
- Children of Morta (Dead Mage / 11 Bit Studios)
- Moonlighter (Digital Sun / 11 Bit Studios)
- Toolboy (Yo'mama Games)
- The Beast Inside (Illusion Ray Studio / Movie Games)
- Hexologic (MythicOwl)
- Lumberhill (2BIGO)
- ZAMB! (NANO Games)
- Plane Mechanic Simulator (Disaster Studio / Movie Games)
- Bushy Tail (Fuero Games)
- Slavic Monsters (Slavic Monsters sp. z o. o.)
Sources: own materials, partners’ promotional materials, compiled by ZG, Jul 2018, translated by AW 31 Jul 2018