Aux fondateurs d’Amplitude Studios

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter Drucker

Amis, Votre troisième jeu vidéo Endless Legend sortira avant la fin de l’été. D’ici quinze jours, donc. Et me revient à l’instant un souvenir d’enfance, la couverture d’Astérix et Cléopâtre, « la plus grande aventure qui ait jamais été dessinée ». Plus de quarante ans après, je me souviens encore de cette couverture. J’avais été notamment marqué par le rapport étrange des 62 crayons à mine grasse et du seul crayon à mine dure, et des 27 gommes à effacer.

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Je vous sais donc penchés sur votre jeu, en gommant les dernières imperfections. Ce jeu vous l’aviez rêvé il y trois ans, vous en avez lancé la production il y a deux ans, et voilà, il est presque là. Chaque fois que l’on voit une entreprise qui réussit, c’est qu’un jour quelqu’un a pris une décision courageuse. Ce courage, vous l’avez montré en créant Amplitude Studios*.

Je vous admire, et je suis heureux et fier de partager cette aventure avec vous. Laurent

* Comme Cléopâtre, vous avez eu du nez.

L.T. Sachs is a proud member of Amplitude Studios’ Board of Directors.

Our first game Endless Space, a science fictional 4X strategy game, has been critically acclaimed since its release in July 2012. An international success with over half a million copies sold, Endless Space has won the much coveted Unity Awards at Unite 2013 in Vancouver (both the Golden Cube for Best Overall Game and the Community Choice Award). Our second game, Dungeon of the Endless, a retro-styled game, mixing 2D pixel art with 3D graphics, was released in early access on Steam last December. 10012043_262057897310079_4166962638113337588_o

Endless Legend is now available in Beta !

Endless Legend, Amplitude Studios’ third game, is now available in Beta on Steam, with new factions, multiplayer mode, enhanced battle system, improved diplomacy, and much more…

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Watching its trailer, we’re once again amazed at Amplitude Studios’ never-ending pursuit of beauty and atmosphere in every aspects : the incredible visuals, the haunting voiceover, the eerie music…

IGN -the world’s leading video game media- first played Endless Legend in early alpha, and were already quite impressed : “We’ve Played Endless Legend, and It’s Awesome. […] Endless Legend’s blend of RPG and 4X elements make it hard to put down.”

As always, Amplitude Studio’s team has been faithful to its GAMES2GETHER philosophy and has made good use of the community suggestions and feedbacks for Endless Legend, allowing them to improve the game and implement some new ideas. Watch all Endless Legend videos on its Youtube Channel and discover two new factions, The Roving Clans and the The Ardent Mages.

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Our first game Endless Space, a science fictional 4X strategy game, has been critically acclaimed since its release in July 2012. An international success with over half a million copies sold, Endless Space has won the much coveted Unity Awards at Unite 2013 in Vancouver (both the Golden Cube for Best Overall Game and the Community Choice Award). Our second game, Dungeon of the Endless, a retro-styled game, mixing 2D pixel art with 3D graphics, was released in early access on Steam last December.

L.T. Sachs is a proud member of Amplitude Studios’ Board of Directors.

Amplitude Studios - Create the best strategy games!

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About the Beta release

About Endless Legend

Endless Legend on Facebook

Amplitude Studios on Twitter

Endless Legend, Amplitude Studios’ third game, released yesterday.

We’ve Played Endless Legend, and It’s Awesome.
Even in early alpha, Endless Legend’s blend of RPG and 4X elements make it hard to put down.
IGN -the world’s leading video game media- played Endless Legend and they say it’s awesome.

Endless Legend was released yesterday night in Early Access on Steam. A turn-based 4X fantasy strategy game, Amplitude Studios’ much awaited video game is our third. Forget Games of Thrones, the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit : as far as I am concerned, it’s the media release of the century ! First of all, I would like to congratulate the whole team: they have been on this project for more than a year and seeing it going live after all this time does feel frightening but also very exciting. Here’s our gorgeous Alpha trailer: Dust to DUST.

Raymond Porreca of Entertainment Buddha calls Endless Legend, “Amplitude’s masterwork” :
[Endless Legend is] a game that builds upon the established conventions of the strategy genre and adds a wealth of additional elements, creating a game that will never feel stale (…).
It is astounding to say that these features barely feel as though they scratch the surface of Endless Legend. Amplitude Studios’ has built a name for themselves by creating games that have depth and plenty of replay ability, but Endless Legend surpasses the team’s other offerings.

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Our first game Endless Space, a science fictional 4X strategy game, has been critically acclaimed since its release in July 2012. An international success with over half a million copies sold, Endless Space has won the much coveted Unity Awards at Unite 2013 in Vancouver (both the Golden Cube for Best Overall Game and the Community Choice Award). Our second game, Dungeon of the Endless, a retro-styled game, mixing 2D pixel art with 3D graphics, was released in early access on Steam last December.

Amplitude Studios’ team was recently at PAX East (Penny Arcade Expo) in Boston to show Endless Legend for the first time at a public event.
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www.amplitude-studios.com

About the game

Endless Legend on Facebook

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Amplitude Studios - Create the best strategy games!

L.T. Sachs is a member of Amplitude Studios’ Board of Directors.

Dungeon of the Endless – The Best Game-like Trailer

Romain de Waubert, co-founder of Amplitude Studios with Mathieu Girard, revealed a while ago the story behind Dungeon of the Endless (I love the story, and I’m proud to say it’s all true) : “That game was never planned, it was just a love story between a concept and a bunch of drunk designers. […] After spending secretly the whole week-end on it , we already had a game design overview and a prototype when we were back on Monday. We presented that to [the CEO] AmpliMath who loved it right away, and although it was not planned at all, he agreed to hire some very talented guys to help us do it. Never in my life have I had the chance to have a game in full production in such short notice after the original idea.”

Dungeon of the Endless is a retro-styled Rogue-Like Dungeon-Defense game, mixing 2D pixel art with 3D graphics, in which the player and his team of heroes must protect the generator of their crashed ship while exploring an ever-expanding dungeon, all while facing waves of monsters and special events as they try to find their way out.

The game, while still in early access on Steam, has been very well received. Amplitude just released this great trailer, full of inside jokes (I caught a few, but I’m pretty sure there are many more).

L.T. Sachs is a member of Amplitude Studios’ Board of Directors.

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Libération sur Amplitude et le jeu vidéo indépendant

Libération publie un bon article sur Amplitude Studios et le jeu vidéo indépendant français. “Le secteur indé est depuis quelques années d’un dynamisme dingue”, écrit Erwan Cario, qui ajoute: “Endless Space, sorti en 2012, c’est un peu la success story du jeu indé français. Un jeu de stratégie et de gestion dans un univers de space opera qui se rapproche doucement de la barre du million de ventes”.

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Il est vrai que la montée en puissance de plateformes de distribution en ligne, au premier rang desquelles Steam et ses 70.000.000 de clients, a permis à de petits studios indépendants comme Amplitude de se concentrer sur l’essentiel: la création, et le développement d’une communauté de joueurs dans le monde entier. On peut désormais chercher à concurrencer en qualité les leaders mondiaux, à partir d’un bureau dans le 12ème arrondissement de Paris. Ceci dit, il y a peu d’élus. “Pour (…) quelques best-sellers, de nombreux titres sont condamnés à l’indifférence”.

Amplitude est un indie, mais d’un professionnalisme sans faille. De mon point de vue d’investisseur, d’administrateur non-executive, et de membre de l’équipe, c’est une pépite, et une aventure humaine à laquelle je suis fier de participer. J’ai écrit récemment sur Dungeon of the Endless (notre second jeu, sorti en décembre), et Endless Legend (qui sortira bientôt). Nous continuons à rechercher les meilleurs professionnels, avec des qualités humaines à la hauteur. Je parlerai très bientôt de notre prochain projet de recrutement.

Amplitude Studios’ Dungeon of the Endless released yesterday

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I am very glad to announce that our second video game Dungeon of the Endless is now available on Steam.

Dungeon of the Endless is a retro-styled game, mixing 2D pixel art with 3D graphics. Romain de Waubert, co-founder of Amplitude Studios with Mathieu Girard, revealed a while ago the story behind the game: “That game was never planned, it was just a love story between a concept and a bunch of drunk designers. […] After spending secretly the whole week-end on it , we already had a game design overview and a prototype when we were back on Monday. We presented that to [the CEO] AmpliMath who loved it right away, and although it was not planned at all, he agreed to hire some very talented guys to help us do it. Never in my life have I had the chance to have a game in full production in such short notice after the original idea.”

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About the Game
Dungeon of the Endless is a Rogue-Like Dungeon-Defense game, in which the player and his team of heroes must protect the generator of their crashed ship while exploring an ever-expanding dungeon, all while facing waves of monsters and special events as they try to find their way out… so what could go wrong… open the door!

Background story
A few hundred condemned criminals were being shipped to the Auriga system on board the prison hulk “Success”. While this was presented as a chance to earn back their place in society by working hard for the common good, they understood that in fact they would be slave labour, sent to colonize an unexplored planet. All they knew about Auriga Prime was what the probes told them: it had water, temperate zones, plant life, and plenty of metals in the crust.

In fact, the planet Auriga once hosted a major settlement of the galaxy-travelling ancestors known as the Endless. In addition, the planet was still orbited by a functioning (and well cloaked) defensive system, which sprang eagerly to life upon the arrival of the Success. Within a few minutes, the ship was nothing but a few large chunks of metal falling toward the planet.

Every set of holding cells also functioned as an escape pod, so the ship let itself disintegrate and the surviving prisoners fell bruised but (temporarily) alive and (momentarily) safe to the planet below. Safe, that is, until they realized that they had crashed through some sort of facility of the Endless, down to a sub-basement so deep and ancient it might as well be called a dungeon…

Great preview of the game on Gamekult (in French)

www.amplitude-studios.com

About the game

Dungeon of the Endless on Facebook

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Endless Space has won the Golden Cube for Best Game at Unite 2013

The winners of the much coveted Unity Awards have been announced yesterday night at Unite 2013 in Vancouver. Endless Space has won both the Golden Cube for Best Overall Game and the Community Choice Award.

Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance development platform used to make creative and intelligent interactive 3D and 2D experiences. Unity Technologies boasts a thriving community of 2 million developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists.

To our greatest happiness our first game Endless Space, a science fictional 4X strategy game, has been critically acclaimed since its release in July 2012. Working closely with players to share, discuss or compare ideas, we always wanted to bring the idea of community one step further with GAMES2GETHER , a new way for players around the world to participate in the creation of a video game!

In an endlessly continuing process, we announced last week at Gamescom our upcoming new game, Endless Legend. Amplitude Studios’ new fantasy 4X game is due out in alpha by the end of the year and slotted for a Spring 2014 release. I cannot resist the pleasure of showing off a preview of the beautiful artwork of Endless Legend :

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And here are a few bonus screenshots (pre pre alpha rendering, there is some much more coming !) :

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