Finnish gaming industry is thriving with innovation. The latest newcomers are Tribe Studios with a game concept called Stagecraft, which will be specifically targeted for 30+ adults. The idea behind the game is that modern grown-ups like computer games but can no longer play them for hours on end every day. Thus, Tribe Studios are designing a game that can be learned and played within one evening. The action will be centered around a story-telling narrative and allow for simultanious multiplayers, which means that just like in boardgames using the same tools you'd create different games every time you play. Stagecraft creators also want gaming experience to reflect that of watching a movie but in a more interactive way. Thus, the graphics are promised to be staggerring and playing a game would cost you as much as renting a movie or watching one in the movie theaters - between 3-10€ at a time. The game is estimated to be launched around the summer 2011.
Elina Arponen, one of the Stagecracft creators, shared that when creating Stagecraft they are cooperating with storytelling professionals from Finland like the Finlandia Prize-winning science fiction and fantasy author Johanna Sinisalo and an author and roleplaying game designer Mike Pohjola. While the game is not out yet, the idea of a non-time demanding social game with great audio-visual quality sounds quite compelling. The fact that game-creators are also trying to limit the time you can spend playing the game, rather then get you addicted to it, is also quite original. Seeing the end-result would definitely be very exciting. Let's wait and see whether or not Stagecraft achieves the kind of success and virality that other games from Finland have done in the past.