Keen Games, after receiving $10 million from Hiro and Tencent, will expand game development and publish their in-development Portal Knights spiritual successor.
“We are delighted to be investing in such a stellar team. [sic] From the first moments playing their game prototype, we knew that they were on track to bottle lightning again and build upon the success of Portal Knights, a game that has been played and enjoyed by millions of people around the world” [sic] said Cherry Freeman, a co-Founding Partner at Hiro Capital.
“We are incredibly excited to start a brand new chapter for Keen Games with the development of our next title and transition to a self-publishing studio.” Said Jan Joeckel, CEO of Keen Games. “We found in Hiro and Tencent two very strong partners that are aligned with our vision of taking the studio to the next level.”
Portal Knights, which is described as a 3D sandbox APRG where players can build almost anything, has sold 3.5 million copies since its release in 2017. The point of this new capital investment is that Keen Games is now equipped to "retain its creative and publishing independence", and in doing so they are hiring for multiple positions.
The spiritual successor to Portal Knights will be an open-world, multiplayer sandbox ARPG where players "can build their own kingdom, explore, fight and adventure together in a world full of mystery". The game will be cross-platform with PC and consoles, and to facilitate this Keen Games has developed a voxel-based engine that will apparently allow them to create massive open worlds. We'll have to see about that in 2023, when the game is scheduled to release.
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