Flying Sheep Studios has announced that its Star Life, a social massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, is receiving a funding of about EUR 1.1 million from the German government.
The game focuses on cooperation, and community-driven experiences that will prioritise socialising and being part of the metaverse, eventually hosting events and concerts. The studio is known for its expertise in HTML5 web-based game development, and is utilising its skills to create a sophisticated web-based metaverse game. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action has agreed to support it.
One of the key features of the game is its high accessibility, making it conveniently playable from any browser on any device without needing downloads, installations or high-end technology. Players can start entering the game’s metaverse with just one click via a web browser on both desktop and mobile devices.
The game prioritises diversity, offering players various options for character creation, shopping, and community-driven events, such as concerts and exhibitions. It will incorporate optional blockchain-enabled items, or NFTs, giving players more ownership and agency over their virtual belongings. These belongings can be transferred and used on different platforms, making the process streamlined and convenient. Star Life will be a free-to-play game available to everyone.
“This funding demonstrates the federal budget for video games working as intended, fostering the development of cutting-edge technical know-how ‘made in Germany’ and creating and securing jobs,” said Flying Sheep Studios founder and managing director Thomas Rössig.
Flying Sheep Studios is a subsidiary of iCandy Interactive, an Australian-listed international games studio. iCandy Interactive has video games studios across Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia) and Flying Sheep Studios is its first major investment made in Europe.