From virtual reality to the ongoing war of the clans: how the Finnish game scene is shaping up in 2015
We head to Finland to discover the next moves of the European mobile gaming superpower
Our return to Finland brings meetings with both established studios and fledgling startups, and with creators of both free-to-play mobile titles and PC games. It’s a reflection of the diversity of a region that has powered its way to prominence in recent years and now faces up to what happens next, as discussed in our roundtable interview 1 (p124). Our profiles section opens with a visit to Mindfield Games 2 (p128), a new company staking its future on the promise of virtual reality, before moving on to Kempele’s Fingersoft 3 (p130), the self-styled punk outfit with mobile sensation Hill Climb Racing on its roster. At Small Giant Games 4 (p132), we discover how a group of Habbo Hotel veterans are embarking on mobile action titles, before a visit to PlayRaven 5 (p134) reveals how the studio is progressing following the launch of its hit strategy game, Spymaster. At Tampere’s Traplight Games 6 (p136), we discuss the motivation behind the UGC-powered What On Earth!, while Shark Punch 7 (p138) tells us about its action strategy title The Masterplan and new game-discovery tech, Playfield. Finally, we check in with Next Games 8 (p140) to talk Compass Point: West and the studio’s relationship with Hollywood, and round things out with a look at the strategies at play at the powerhouse that is Supercell 9 (p142).