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We announce our first inhouse-production Tinkertown, A Sandbox Multiplayer RPG

Craft, Build and Survive Together - Demo Available Today!

27 August 2020 Today we announced Tinkertown as our first in-house product. For realizing the upcoming sandbox multiplayer RPG, the team at Headup was restructured in 2019 and expanded by an additional software developer. 

Tinkertown features a procedurally generated open world, which can be explored alone or via simple drop-in-drop-out multiplayer with up to three friends online. Sinister dungeons offer an additional challenge with merciless battles, but reward the players with epic loot, which can be used for numerous crafting possibilities.

The game world captivates with handmade pixel graphics and offers a dynamic day and night cycle, creating a very special, magical atmosphere. There are various biomes to explore, such as mystical forests, vast deserts, chilling ice tundras and mountains with glowing rivers of lava. And above all that, you will find one thing: Loot, Loot, Loot!

Utilizing many resources as well as countless blueprints and crafting recipes, there are no limits to the design possibilities in Tinkertown. Besides tools, armor and different weapons, players can also craft furniture, workshops and machines. This way, a small village can rise from an initial hut in no time, and eventually whole settlements and impressive cities will emerge.

By equipping their character with different types of weapons and armor, each player experiences Tinkertown their own way - as a rogue, warrior, mage, or in a self-created role. Character specialization is especially useful, because in this colorful world many dangers are lurking: In addition to small enemies, which will make life difficult for the player on the overworld right from the start, powerful bosses are waiting in the combat-orientated dungeons.


Free demo available today!

Tinkertown will hit Steam Early Access in 2020, where it will receive its final touch with the help of the community. You can try the game already now, as there will be a first public demo available on Steam later today. In addition, Headup invites everyone to stay updated via Twitter, Discord or directly via the game’s Steam Page.


Funding

The ongoing project Fourest, in the meantime re-named as Tinkertown, is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the federal government's computer games funding program with a total of €153,669.

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Headup Partners with Studio Fizbin to Bring ‘Lost at Sea’ to PC and Next-Gen Consoles

What are the most important moments of your life?

25 August 2020 Headup is delighted to announce Lost At Sea for next-gen consoles and PC. The game is currently in development by Studio Fizbin, the critically-acclaimed creators of their beloved The Inner World franchise and the studio behind the 2020 IGF honorable mention Minute Of Islands.

With their upcoming narrative adventure Lost At Sea, the developers are taking a whole new direction: first-person gameplay, free exploration and for the first time ever in their games, imminent danger!

Lost At Sea is a game about life. It's about the journey we all take and the monster we all face. Set on a beautiful island, you will fight death and fear to remember the moments that connect us all and make life worth living for every one of us. What will you remember when you play? How do you want to live your life?

Check out the brand-new gamescom trailer:
 

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[gamescom] Action-packed 2D Shooter TinyShot Announced

Check out the Announcement Trailer!

24 August 2020 We're going to start this year's gamescom galore with the first public announcement of our upcoming roguelike 2D arcade shooting game TinyShot, where you play as a tiny boy who made a deal with Satan to get him his lost horn back – in return he will become famous and loved.

TinyShot is being developed by the young and passionate creator Allaith Hammed “ZAX” who moved out to the Netherlands from war-torn Syria. Settling in his new home country, he decided to start working on the thing that he liked the most: creating games. At an age of seven, Allaith fell in love with video games when he played on his uncle’s PC for the first time. Since then he knew that this is what he'll be doing for the rest of his life. A few years went by and here he is, doing what the young version of him wanted to do but didn't know how. The game is his first publisher-supported commercial release and is highly inspired by the works of one of ZAX’s idol game creators Edmund McMillen

“From the minute I met Allaith for the first time, I was blown away by the high level of passion and love he is putting in his games.”, says Dieter Schoeller, founder of Headup. “TinyShot breathes the spirit of a greatly talented young creator’s mind, who hasn’t been spoiled by mainstream standards yet. TinyShot is a wild, chaotic over-the-top ride. If this game was music, I’d called it pure punk.”
 

Features

  • The art style is a mix of realistic nature elements with flash/cartoony looking creatures
  • The game-feel is one of the most important elements that is designed to satisfy the player
  • Challenging boss battles and enemies
  • Random Items to be picked in the battlefield

TinyShot is going to release on PC in late 2020 and for consoles in 2021. Don't forget to watch and share the new trailer!

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A Headup Start Into gamescom

​​​​​​​World Premieres, Next-Gen Titles and Acres of Virtual Booth Space by Headup

18 August 2020

The annual gamescom havoc is almost upon us!
 
These days, where a lot of people are stuck at home for the very right reason protecting each other and caring for the next human being, we at Headup are thrilled to be unleashing tons of news during the week of gamescom to keep everyone well entertained in their four walls.
 
Join in from a safe distance and enjoy the ride with us when we proudly reveal

  • Two exclusive world premieres
    Bringing four brand-new games to the next generation of consoles
  • A packed bag of ten great independent games to be shown throughout the event
  • A First Look at and Hands-on with Headup’s very first own internal game production, the upcoming multiplayer sandbox RPG “Tinkertown
  • Thousands of square feet of virtual booth space at the Indie Arena with playable demos, brand new trailers, merchandise corner and much more…


With our offices pretty much right around the corner from the beautiful Cologne venue and with our hearts always beating for gamescom for many great reasons, we feel that the digital iteration of the event holds great chances for the players and the industry to take the experience of a purely digital event to the next level. This year, it’s not about who brings the biggest booth. It’s all about content, baby!


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Mobile Release Date Lifted for the Award-winning Mystery Adventure Trüberbrook: September 3rd!

Enjoy this Lynch-esque trip on your mobile very soon

12 August 2020 August 12th, 2020 – German games publisher Headup and developer btfannounce the release date of Trüberbrook for mobile devices, which will be September the 3rd. Take a journey to a mysterious 1960s sci-fi world in which nothing is as it seems.

With its superbly unique visual style, German charm, and a thrilling story of the likes of Twin Peaks and The X-FilesTrüberbrook comes as a modern adventure game appealing to fans of the genre and everyone who likes to delve into a Lynch-esque story and a unique artistic experience. Check out the new teaser trailer: https://youtu.be/qrUR0xG3CEI

During the estimated gameplay length of 5 to 8 hours, the player takes the role of young American physicist Hans Tannhauser who, while actually on a holiday, dives into the everyday life of the eponymous village of Trüberbrook, an ageing but beautiful health resort somewhere in the densely forested countryside of West Germany. He quickly finds out he didn’t get there by accident... but to save the world!

Among other awards, Trüberbrook is a two-time winner of 2019’s prestigious German Computer Games Awards. After being nominated in four categories, it received the ‘Best Staging’ award, and was also crowned with ‘Best German Game 2019’.

Trüberbrook's uncommon visual style is its most distinctive feature, especially on mobile devices. Produced by German-based production studio btf (bildundtonfabrik), mostly known for their current Netflix series “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” and the German late night show “Neo Magazin Royale” with Jan Böhmermann, the sceneries are purely handmade, which means: Manufactured using real hands! And fingers. And masses of glue.

Just have a look at what the developers created in the screenshots attached - piece by piece, by the sweat of their eyebrows. In these models every little detail is custom-made!

To give the game its realistic look, they illuminated each scene in a cinematic way with real film-equipment lighting in different moods. These scenes were then subsequently digitized through photogrammetry and refined. Afterwards, the digitized world got further enriched by digital reflections, real-time shadowing, particle effects, and depth of view. Dubbed by professional speakers like Justin Beard and famous German actors Jan Böhmermann, Nora Tschirner, and Dirk von Lowtzow, both the German as well as English version features high-quality and fun voice acting.

Soon, this surreal experience will be available on your mobile device too. Pre-order now on the App Store or pre-register on Google Play. Trüberbrook will also be available on the Huawei AppGallery, the Amazon App Store and in Google Play Pass starting September 3rd.

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Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four Out Now on Steam!

Turn-Based Card Combat meets RPG meets Roguelike

29 July 2020 Craving for a new and unique collectable card game? We are pleased to announce the release of our single player card combat RPG Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four - hitting Steam’s Early Access on July 29.

We are excited to unlock the gates to the Dark Realms of Magic tomorrow and will expand the game further on with the help of our community on DiscordSteam, and Twitter. Regardless if you are a card game pro or a newcomer to that genre, we're looking forward to your constructive support and feedback on these channels, so feel free to join!

You will be able to find tons of artworks and the newest and closest information directly at the source of the game. You can also chat directly with us, the developers, and the community for the perfect deck strategies on our Discord server.

Now let us kick off your magical journey with Cardaclysm's official launch trailer! (Also see below.)

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Explore the Mysterious World of Planet Eden, Available Now on PS4

23 July 2020 Together with developer Elder Games we are pleased to announce that the sci-fi action RPG Everreach: Project Eden is now available on the PlayStation®Store for €24.99, $24.99 and £19.99.

Get ready to delve the depths of the galactic unknown as you explore the mysterious planet Eden and try to uncover its deadly secrets. Gear up for deadly encounters by equipping futuristic weapons and upgrades as you prepare the planet for the rest of humanity’s arrival. Everreach: Project Eden will have you engaged in its gripping story and vicious combat from start to finish.

In celebration of the launch of Everreach: Project Eden, Headup has released a new trailer, available below and at this link: https://youtu.be/Ldj6CCd4qWI

A fast-paced, story-driven action RPG, Everreach: Project Eden is set on the visually stunning planet Eden. As Nora Hardwood, a member of the Everreach Corporation’s Security Division, your mission is to clear the planet for colonization and investigate recent unusual happenings on the planet’s surface.
 
Discover the ancient secrets of a long-forgotten civilization as you explore a vast alien world and descend into its enigmatic depths. Packed with engaging ground combat, high-speed vehicular warfare, and a compelling level and skill system, Everreach immerses you in its intriguing story and diversified gameplay.

Everreach: Project Eden is available now on the PlayStation®Store for €24.99, $24.99 and £19.99.

Features of Everreach include:
  • Over 80 upgrades available to let you customize your skills and gear 
  • Engage in fierce battles, deploy forcefields or use the environment against your foes
  • Hop onto your hoverbike to engage in high-speed vehicular warfare
  • Immerse yourself in eight hours of story — crafted by Michelle Clough a writer and former narrative QA for the Mass Effect trilogy
  • Explore Eden's beautiful vistas designed by Mai-Anh Tran, a film artist who worked on movies such as WarCraft and Star Trek: Beyond

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Dead Age 2 Available Now on Steam and GOG for PC, Mac & Linux

Tactical Zombie Survival Action Returns - Welcome Back to the Apocalypse!

16 July 2020
Headup and developer Silent Dreams are pleased to announce the Early Access release of their tactical zombie survival horror game — Dead Age 2 for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam and GOG. As the sequel to the top-selling and highly rated Dead Age, the game has players returning to the zombie-infested wastelands that once were a thriving civilization, but are now overrun with the living dead.

Dead Age 2 follows a group of determined survivors who have fled to Freedom City in search of a cure for the plague that triggered the zombie apocalypse ten years ago. Join them on their journey for survival as they complete quests, scavenge valuable resources, and build up their base to live long enough to see the world at peace.

Tense turn-based tactical combat against gangs of looters and hordes of brain-devouring monsters can result in death for their character — permanently — while unlocking persistent upgrades can bring hope for the future of the weary group of survivors. With a branching story-line and six unique endings, every decision made counts as the player’s group must befriend other survivors, navigate difficult choices, and maybe even find romance along the way.

Check out all the gripping action in Dead Age 2 by checking out the new launch trailer:


Features include:
  • A Brave New (Open) World: A new feature for the franchise, players can now freely explore the open-world map, limited only by walking distance as well as the number of resources that will keep them alive until they reach one of the 80 destinations. New indoor locations, including desolate hospitals, dangerous bunkers, eerie diners, and resource-rich army supply stores, as well as a return to the barren wilderness, bring a new depth to the struggle for survival.
     
  • Home, Sweet Home (Base): Dead Age 2 introduces the Advanced Base Management System. Players can increase their chances of survival by assigning tasks to survivors on their team, such as crafting essential items, building and upgrading stations used to improve defense and the quality of life at their base. Growing your base will unlock advanced crafting recipes that will improve craftable items and resource yield.
     
  • We're All In This Together: As the undead apocalypse progresses, new factions of survivors spring up: the merciless Military, the devious Smugglers, and branches of independent civilians who have banded together to survive. Players must visit these factions’ outposts, take on missions and make quick decisions during events to gain their favor (or gain new enemies) through an all-new Faction Reputation System. Gaining the support of the factions will improve trade relations in order to purchase upgraded faction gear and unlock new endings.
     
  • Upgraded Combat: A new and improved combat system allows players to strategically place their combatants with new front and back row positioning. With the ability to use up to 24 skills and execute powerful knock-back attacks in battle, players are more powerful than ever as they engage deadly flesh-eating zombies and other survivors hell-bent on taking their resources for themselves. Random events now appear in 3D, adding a terrifying layer to the spine-chilling battles.
Dead Age 2 is available now on Steam (Early Access) and GOG for $17.99, €17,99, £14.99 – in the first days minus a 10% release discount. Owners of Dead Age 1 may even claim an additional 10% loyalty discount on Steam and GOG and save up to 20%.

Keep up to date with Dead Age 2 by following its Discord and Headup on Twitter.