Poland's NCBR, or National Center for Research of Development, has granted CD Projekt RED 30 million PLN, or $7 million, for its proposals on four game development goals, including city creation, seamless multiplayer, cinematic feel, and animation excellence.
Another proposal was approved for GOG.com which focuses on cross-platform multiplayer gaming software for consoles. Overall, of the 116 million PLN fund available, CD Projekt RED received the biggest cut.
Of course, they weren't the only developer getting grants. Flying Wild Hog’s approved proposal is related to the development of RoadHog 2, a new version of the engine fans have seen in Shadow Warrior 2 lately. Techland, responsible for games like Call of Juarez, Dead Island, and Dying Light, received two grants, one of which is for “developing a prototype for an action RPG set in an original fantasy world, played in FPP (first person perspective) and using DX12 technology."
CI Games, responsible for titles like Lords of the Fallen and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, received one grant for a project called LADAI (working title) and another for “the development of innovative technology based on advanced algorithms, dedicated artificial intelligence to generate ambient player in the crowd, and herds of animals." Deadfall Adventures creators The Farm 51 also received two grants, both dedicated to research.
Lastly, Bloober Team, the studio behind Layers of Fear, will use the funding they received to develop a “self-learning automatic system modeling personalized replayability real-time gaming with the horror genre,
based on the interpretation of the reaction and the player psychology."
All of this information an be found on an official document released by the organization. It's great to see the Polish government actively participate in the gaming industry like this, supporting developers and keeping fans guessing what great projects they might bring to us in the future.
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