Our CTO interview at most popular TV breakfast show in Finland

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We started our #Slush17 event with a big bang. Our CTO Veli-Pekka Kokkonen was interviewed at Yle Aamu-tv (most popular TV breakfast show in Finland) with Suman Rath (Senior Vice President of Nordisk Film, Chairman of the Board at Nordic VR Startups).

During the interview they talk about the VR scene and future of AR/VR in general. You can see the full interview (only in Finnish/Swedish) here: https://areena.yle.fi/1-4300770

 

 

We have office in Shanghai

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3rd Eye Studios first office was in living room in Espoo, Finland. In the beginning of 2017 we moved our HQ to Helsinki and today we are happy to announce that we have opened virtual office in China. Office is located Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai at FinChi premises. Super excited about opportunities in China and more news about 3rd Eye Studios operations on that area coming soon!

"3rd Eye Studios raised $1 million"

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Thank you for VentureBeat, Develop, Pocketgamer.biz, Virtualreport.biz, Gameindustry.biz, Gamasutra, Kauppalehti, Taloussanomat, Tivi and 70+ other publications covering our Seed round.

Here's the full press release:

 

GAME DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY STARTUP 3RD EYE STUDIOS SECURES $1,000,000 USD INVESTMENT ROUND

Helsinki, Finland - October 10, 2017 - Independent studio, 3rd Eye Studios today announced that it has closed a $1,000,000 round of funding for the games development and technology studio. The funding from main investors includes ColoplNext/ColoplVRFund, Karl Magnus Troedsson, Sisu Game Ventures Oy, GameFounders, Success (China) Limited and a group of private investors. 3rd Eye Studios will use the funds to develop its proprietary 3rd Eye Core tools and technology, whilst simultaneously building innovative, cutting edge games for new platforms such as virtual reality, including the ambitious VR game saga Downward Spiral.

“The round of investment has allowed the 3rd Eye Studios team to continue our role in bringing the best development tools for multi platform games development, to software developers, hobbyists and players”, said Kari Koivistoinen, CEO of 3rd Eye Studios. “At 3rd Eye Studios part of our mission is to build the next generation of game development tools, with our unique toolset 3rd Eye Core that can be used by by both consumers and developers to create awesome new content.”

"It took me less than thirty minutes to decide to invest in the 3rd Eye Studios team,” said Karl Magnus Troedsson, ex-Vice president of Group Strategy at Electronic Arts and investor behind startup’s including Raw Fury. “An awesome team with great skills and the right attitude, combined with a solid plan on how to build a games development platform, made this a simple decision."

“We felt a strong synergy, with a development team who are invested in the strategy of  developing games and game tools simultaneously, to understand and build tools that game studios truly need”, said Daiki Nishiyama of ColoplNext. “We’ve been blown away by their own IP Downward Spiral and under the helm of CEO Kari Koivistoinen, who has a long history of leading teams to create great IP and CTO Veli-Pekka Kokkonen who will continue to create the incredible technology, we are excited to see the studio's next steps.”

3rd Eye Studios’ unique games development toolset, 3rd Eye Core, allows for fast and effective game design for virtual reality, PC and mobile platforms. Scheduled for launch to the games development community in 2018, 3rd Eye Core is currently in testing in China and Finland. The studio's upcoming VR game, Downward Spiral: Horus Station, is scheduled for launch in early 2018.

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About 3rd Eye Studios

Located in Helsinki, Finland, 3rd Eye Studios was founded in June 2016 by a group of game industry veterans, who previously worked in senior positions at companies like Remedy Entertainment, Unity Technologies, Bugbear Entertainment, RedLynx and Moon Studios. The studio develops groundbreaking next generation technology and tools built specifically for developers. 3rd Eye Studios is also building innovative, cutting edge games, for new platforms including VR.

About ColoplNext/ColoplVRFund

ColoplNext/ColoplVRFund actively invests in early and middle-stage startups of both domestic and abroad and is a group company of Colopl, a Japanese leading mobile and VR entertainment company. http://coloplnext.co.jp/en/coloplvrfund/

About Sisu Game Ventures

Sisu Game Ventures is an exclusive advisory and investment company focused 100% on games. It was setup in 2014 by Paul Bragiel, Moaffak Ahmed and Samuli Syvähuoko and it focuses on the best gaming companies in the Nordic region. We are advising and have invested in the following 20 companies: 3rd Eye Studios, Armada Interactive, Combo Breaker, Dazzle Rocks, Epic Owl, Kopla Games, Next Games, Oddshot, Playmore Games, Quicksave Interactive, Reforged Studios, Resolution Games, Shark Punch, Singa, Small Giant Games, Snowprint Studios, Sólfar Studios, Theory Interactive, Umbra and Vizor.

https://www.linkedin.com/company/7942785/

About GameFounders

GameFounders is a startup accelerator and pre-seed fund working exclusively with game studios. Established in 2012, GameFounders started its operations in a hub in Europe, Estonia and in 2015 expanded with opening a hub in Malaysia to cover Asia. Currently GameFounders has 70 studios in its portfolio from 26 countries. The teams all have access to a wide array international mentors, partnership deals and small investment.

http://www.gamefounders.com/

About Success (China) Limited

Success (China) Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment management company that focuses on venture capital investment opportunities in Northern and Eastern European countries. The Company aims to create significant value by combining China's market potential with its portfolio companies' unique technological innovations.

About Karl Magnus Troedsson/Loot Spawn

Prior to founding investment company Loot Spawn, Karl Magnus Troedsson was CEO of Dice and VP of Group Strategy at Electronic Arts.  At Loot Spawn, Karl is a game industry investor who focuses on helping small developers create, fund and publishes their amazing work. Loot Spawn is the manifestation of an idea to make focused, early investments in talented individuals and small teams within the games industry while partnering up and supporting them in realizing their vision.  

 

"Finnish games score highly in China"

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We are on the news! Good News From Finland did write about us in their article "Finnish games score highly in China". Here's some highlights:

"Among the Finnish studios attending the event and wanting to expand in China was 3rd Eye Studios, a team of Finnish professionals on a mission to make VR mainstream."

"Their unique tools, named 3rd Eye Core, together with their unique technology team will allow fast and cost-efficient game design for VR but also other platforms such as mobile and PC. This gives the company a competitive advantage on the Asian market. "


Here's the full article: http://www.goodnewsfinland.com/feature/finnish-games-score-highly-china/

 

New awesome team members!

Super excited to have new, very talented team members. First, we have new Tech Lead Tomas (on picture left). He has been over 10 years in the games industry. Built tech for the Operation Flashpoint franchise at Codemasters and performed various roles at Unity Technologies with our CTO, including leading platform and editor feature development. Then we have Greg. He was Senior Narrative Designer at Remedy on Quantum Break, Cross Fire 2 and P7 with our CEO and Lead Artist.  Greg also worked as a Animation, Crowd or FX Technical Director at Framestore, MPC, Dr. D Studios and Animal Logic on Gravity, World War Z, Jack the Giant Slayer, Prometheus, Happy Feet 2, Sucker Punch and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Gahoole. Part of the Academy, BAFTA, Golden Globe and VES Award winning Gravity visual effects team. On art side we have new Junior 3D Artist Maikki. She's enthusiastic and driven 3D game artist and animator, who loves challenging herself on all aspects of the art process. Despite the fact she's just finishing her Bachelor of Culture and Arts she has already developed VR games before joining 3rd Eye Studios.   

Super excited to have new, very talented team members. First, we have new Tech Lead Tomas (on picture left). He has been over 10 years in the games industry. Built tech for the Operation Flashpoint franchise at Codemasters and performed various roles at Unity Technologies with our CTO, including leading platform and editor feature development.

Then we have Greg. He was Senior Narrative Designer at Remedy on Quantum Break, Cross Fire 2 and P7 with our CEO and Lead Artist.  Greg also worked as a Animation, Crowd or FX Technical Director at Framestore, MPC, Dr. D Studios and Animal Logic on Gravity, World War Z, Jack the Giant Slayer, Prometheus, Happy Feet 2, Sucker Punch and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Gahoole. Part of the Academy, BAFTA, Golden Globe and VES Award winning Gravity visual effects team.

On art side we have new Junior 3D Artist Maikki. She's enthusiastic and driven 3D game artist and animator, who loves challenging herself on all aspects of the art process. Despite the fact she's just finishing her Bachelor of Culture and Arts she has already developed VR games before joining 3rd Eye Studios. 

 

"VR is more than a game for 3rd Eye Studios"

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"From the Highwaymen to Audioslave, via Cream and Them Crooked Vultures, the concept of a supergroup has been a mainstay of modern music. However, the idea of bringing together a troupe of creative heavyweights is far from a concept confined to the music industry.

Case in point: 3rd Eye Studios represents the meeting point of many of the big hitters in the Finnish games industry. Founded in June 2016 by veterans of Remedy, Bugbear, Moon Studios, RedLynx and Unity, the studio has set out to shake up the world of VR gaming. They aren’t doing this just by releasing games, either. They have much bigger plans, starting out with 3rd Eye Core technology and tools, and the Downward Spiral series."

Nice article about our company. You can read the whole story from here: http://www.goodnewsfinland.com/feature/32604/

"We really want to show people what you can do in VR, really showcase the medium"

Here's good article about us in Gameindustry.biz-webisite: http://cdn.gamer-network.net/2015/gamesindustry/logo/2016.png

"When you're starting a studio the most important thing is definitely to get the right people."

"Indeed, Remedy's reputation is built on competencies that are particularly well suited to VR, where 'immersion' is the ultimate goal: world building, storytelling, the creation of atmosphere, all supported by and sold on immaculate production values. 3rd Eye Studios first project, Downward Spiral, seems a perfect fit for these values; an anthology series inspired by TV shows like Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone, where each episode is a unique and (mostly) self-contained experience, but related to the others in tone and theme."

"We really want to show people what you can do in VR, really showcase the medium.... We want to inspire other developers, but if they want a shortcut they can get our tools and have access to the same features. You'll be able to build better VR with us. If you think about all of the good game companies out there, you need a very strong technology side in order to achieve something great. If you use the same tools as everyone else it's way harder to stand out."

 

Youtube Reviews Roundup

Great videos again. Enjoy these but please keep in mind that these videos contain spoilers and this first one also a lot swearing but apparantely guys did have a lot of fun:

In next video we especially like the comment that game was "the best VR experience I have experienced by far"

And in last video again I very impressed player....was very surprised about the fact that did not get any motion sickness. 

ZERO-GRAVITY SPACE THRILLER DOWNWARD SPIRAL: PROLOGUE OUT TODAY FOR OCULUS RIFT AND HTC VIVE

Independent virtual reality studio, 3rd Eye Studios today announced that its epic zero gravity thriller Downward Spiral: Prologue is now available on the Oculus store for Oculus Rift and Steam for HTC Vive. Inspired by cult 1970’s science-fiction and devoid from the motion sickness that has plagued other zero-G virtual reality games, Downward Spiral: Prologue is the prologue to the ambitious saga Downward Spiral.

“Structured as a modern TV series, Downward Spiral: Prologue is the beginning of a space thriller, whose mystery will unravel over time as we release future episodes”, said Kari Koivistoinen, CEO of 3rd Eye Studios. “Built from the ground-up by our team of award-winning industry veterans, Downward Spiral: Prologue offers a space Zero-G experience like no other by allowing players to move freely in a VR environment without motion sickness.”

 

A prologue for the Downward Spiral anthology series, Downward Spiral: Prologue begins as the players find themselves in a capsule that has docked with a space station. On first exploration, the station appears empty and the players must use control panels to progress and begin unravelling a mystery that will span the Downward Spiral anthology. In Downward Spiral: Prologue’s Journey mode, play through the story solo or in Co-op mode with a friend or stranger.  Deathmatch, meanwhile, allows up to eight players to experience exhilarating zero gravity gunplay in environments familiar to the story.

Future content, will allow players will uncover an epic compelling narrative, with new characters, plot points and settings added with each subsequent episode. Featuring a soundtrack by lead singer and composer of gothic rock band HIM, Ville Valo, Downward Spiral: Prologue launches on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive priced at for €9.99, $9.99, £6.99.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/574940/