Flying Sheep Studios said its title Star Life, a social multiplayer online game (MMO) aimed at the metaverse, has raised $1.2 million in funding from the German government.
The game focuses on community collaboration and experience, with social, diversity, and partying as a priority, as well as participation in the metaverse, ultimately hosting events and concerts for players.
Star Life, a subsidiary of Australian company iCandy Interactive, is being developed using HTML5 web technology, which will make its metaverse highly accessible.
Flying Sheep Studios stated that it is “excited to bring Star Life to players around the world and looks forward to being part of the growing metaverse.”
Funding for the game came from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action. Star Life will be a highly accessible metaverse that can be played from any browser on any device. To develop this groundbreaking project, Flying Sheep hired additional professionals, including four industry veterans.
iCandy Interactive has an international presence thanks to other video game studios in Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia) and Flying Sheep Studios is its first major investment in Europe.
Players can begin logging into the Star Life Metaverse with a single click through a web browser on both desktop and mobile devices. The game also prioritizes diversity, offering players a variety of options for character creation, shopping, and community events such as concerts and exhibitions.
In addition, Star Life will include additional blockchain-enabled elements or non-fungible tokens (NFTs), giving players more ownership and freedom of action over their virtual items. These things can be transferred and used across platforms, making the process simple and convenient. Star Life will be free to play for everyone.
“We are grateful to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate for the support and trust in our project. This funding demonstrates that the federal budget for video games is working as intended, fostering cutting-edge “Made in Germany” technical know-how and creating and retaining jobs,” said Thomas Rössig, Managing Director of Flying Sheep Studios. .
Flying Sheep has also hired additional talent, including four industry veterans: Renke Bahlmann, lead game designer; Frank Reitberger, Lead 3D Developer; Daniel Schemann, Head of Server Development; and Nina Kiel, Head of Diversity and Inclusion.
Since the company’s founding in 2014 in Cologne, Germany, Flying Sheep Studios has delivered over 200 games on time, quality and value to satisfied customers, often working with brands such as Lego, Barbie and DreamWorks.
iCandy Group is backed by strategic shareholders including Animoca Brands, Fatfish Group, Baidu, Singtel, SK Square, AIS and IncubateFund, as well as several Australian and international funds.