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With reference to our current science-fantasy role-playing game ELEX II (release date for PC and consoles on March 1, 2022), this presentation uses images and examples to illustrate how science fiction works in computer games. Afterwards, we are happy to offer a question-and-answer session.

There are many different settings one could choose for an open world RPG. Fantasy seems to be the all-time classic. But also post-apocalypse, western and also especially the science fiction genre enjoys great popularity.

Why is that? What thoughts do we computer game developers have when we decide on a setting for our games?

Here’s an essay on how we developers think about it and what the advantages seem to be with a futuristic setting compared to its peers.

And why did we Piranhas choose a hybrid setting, especially for the games ELEX and ELEX II, which combines several different eras?

Lecturer: Björn & Jenny Pankratz
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
We are Björn Pankratz and Jenny Pankratz from Piranha Bytes. Björn has been working at Piranha Bytes for about 20 years now and in addition to his role as Creative Director he is also involved in story, game design and music. Jenny has been working at Piranha Bytes for more than 10 years and takes care of story and PR in addition to game design. Piranha Bytes is a developer team based in Essen, Germany, which was founded in 1997 and has made a name for itself beyond Germany for more than two decades with detailed role-playing games such as Gothic 1-3, Risen 1-3 and ELEX 1-2, selling several million game units.

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