Icelandic studio Klang gets huge investment to develop ambitious AI-driven MMO.
Klang, an Icelandic-founded studio now based in Berlin, has received $5 million from a group of backers to develop Seed, a planned MMO centred around an AI simulation that will never switch off even when players are offline. The backers are led by Hong Kong-based venture capital firm Makers Fund, and include Firstminute Capital, Neoteny, Mosaic Ventures, and Novator.
The independent studio was a breakaway from CCP, the well-known Reykjavik studio behind EVE Online. Klang’s developers have a combined experience of over 30 years with blockbuster MMOs, and their vision is to create a revolutionary new type of game, based on a combination of cooperation and conflict, as players colonize an alien planet and manage multiple characters. Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig has been brought in to consult in the design of Seed’s political system, and the new funding will go towards bringing in more top talent to realise the ambitious project.
Klang’s CEO Mundi Vondi said:
“We’re extremely honored to receive backing from these prestigious investors who have the faith in us to realize a dream that began over a decade ago. We believe Seed to be a vital part in the next generation of computer games, and it’s exciting to have their trust that we can turn this concept into a reality.”
Seed will be based around SpatialOS, a cloud-based platform for game developers produced by Improbable, who are based in London and specialise in making architectures for simulations and virtual world-building, and who have themselves received tens of millions of dollars in investment. Spencer Crawley, one of the new backers from Firstminute Capital, made a statement saying:
“Backing teams with the technical depth and creative breadth of Klang is a privilege. We believe their vision will transform the way people play games and redefine the MMO genre.”
This project is definitely one to keep an eye on, and you can stay up to date with it on the Seed website or on Klang’s blog. The game will also have a ‘Meet the Devs’ session on 21st of March at GDC ’18 (which, just in case you’d forgotten, will be taking place next week). Watch this space!