First spotted by Eurogamer, Creative Europe's list of grants has revealed numerous titles currently in the works by companies in Europe. Companies that were included in this are Daedalic Entertainment, This War of Mine developer 11Bit, Gothic creator Piranha Bytes, Bound developer Plastic, and Bloodbowl developer Cyanide.
The big leader here in many ways as far as surprises go is that PIranha Bytes has already funded, at least in part, the sequel to the upcoming open world action RPG Elex. The first game in this new series by Piranha Bytes and published by THQ Nordic is scheduled to release October 17th. The grant for Elex 2 is listed as being for 150, 000 Euros, which consists of 9% of the budget for Elex 2 - which would make the budget of the sequel over 1.5 million Euros.
As for 11bit Studios, their project is Dreamtime, which Eurogamer reports is merely a working title and also called Project 8 in some parts. It is apparently a project completely different from anything that we've seen from 11bit and also received a grant of 150,000 Euros, although in this case that makes up over a third of the budget. We won't be hearing more about Dreamtime until after 11bit has released their current major project, Frostpunk, which presently has no release date, and you can find out more about it here.
Plastic Studios is a bit of a similar case, in that Diama is also a working title that will probably change. Plastic Studios is reluctant to comment on it as the game is likely to change heavily as it's in development according to studio creative director Michal Staniszewski. It also received 150,000 Euros, although that makes up half of Diama's budget.
As for Daedalic, they have an unannounced project called Superlatent there that we don't know more about at this point. It also received the 150k Euro amount, which makes up 17% of the budget for the game.
As for Cyanide, it appears the name for their upcoming Werewolf: The Apocalypse game with Focus Home was released by this and it will be Werewolf – Earth Blood. The partnership with new World of Darkness owner Paradox was announced earlier this year and when we last heard anything about it, it was in pre-production. The grant here was for 150k Euros (of course) and that makes up about 16% of the project's budget.
For those interested in a different sort of project, The Chinese Room (Dear Esther), received a 72,339 Euro grant for Little Orpheus, a total that makes up 50% of the game's budget. The Chinese Room has a couple of projects in the works, with So Let Us Melt and isometric RPG Total Dark which was teased back in 2016. Alternatively, it could be a third, previously unknown project as well.
You can see all the grants here, which show a variety of smaller developers projects, as 32 grants were awarded.
What do you think of Piranha Bytes decision to greenlight Elex 2? What titles are you interested in from the grants? Share your thoughts in the comments below!