Global Games Industry Mobilizes Around Ukraine | Pocket

Every fortnight(-ish) we publish our editor’s column, the view. It’s that column, but it seemed totally inappropriate to title it as such because right now our voice is far from being the most important.

This week you’ll see commentary from Ukrainian studios and teams, celebrations of their achievements and releases, updates over the past two days, and opportunities to show your support.

Frogwares is a Ukrainian studio based in Kiev, best known for the series Sinking City and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the latter having sold more than seven million copies (2017 figures). Many Frogware tiltes are available on Steam.

Ukrainian studio Sengi Games is the developer of the upcoming The Serpent Rogue, an alchemy-fueled action adventure game set in a medieval fantasy world, published by Team 17. The Serpent Rogue can be added to the list wishes on Steam, where you can also download a demo.

Founded in 2012, Kviv-based Vostok Games is best known for its battle royale title, Fear the Wolves, and its F2P shooter, Survivarium, both available on Steam. Vostok Games has also started working on a new, unannounced project.

Lviv-based Hologryph joined indie publisher tinyBuild in 2020 after working on the Hello Neighbor multiplayer expansion, Secret Neighbor. tinyBuild has revealed that Hologryph is working on an original IP build for PS5 and Xbox Series.

Gameloft’s Ukrainian studios – Kharkov, founded in 2007, and Lviv, 2014 – specialize respectively in the development and production of casual games and live games and in quality assurance. They’ve been responsible for some of Gameloft’s most notable franchises, including Asphalt Extreme and Order and Chaos.

Driven by a desire to protect the welfare of staff, 4A Games was founded in Kviv in 2006. Now based in Malta and Ukraine, 4A is the developer of several entries in the popular FPS franchise, Metro, available on Steam.

Poland-based 11 bit studios has announced that all proceeds from its hit title, This War of Mine, across all stores and platforms over the next six days will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

The European Federation of Game Developers has explicitly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calls for greater international support for Ukraine and its game developer community. Their full comments can be read here.

You can also donate directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross via the following links:

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