ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ganymede Games offered the public its first peek Tuesday morning at Xenotheria, a new science fiction universe for gamers that the Las Cruces-based developer is preparing for release.
The independent studio is now signing up thousands of gamers to test run Xenotheria throughout this year before full market launch of the single-player role-playing game, or RPG, in late 2021 or early 2022, at the latest, said Ganymede CEO Jerry Prochazka.
“This is completely new science fiction intellectual property,” Prochazka told the Journal. “It’s not Star Wars or Star Trek. It’s a brand new world, or universe.”
The company has already built three prototype games for Xenotheria. It will release a gameplay demo, or trailer, this summer to offer a compelling taste of the new universe before the first game hits the market.
“Normally, when announcing a new RPG, the audience wants to see a gameplay trailer,” Prochazka said. “But we’re not yet at the trailer point, so we’re not revealing too much yet.”
But the company is inviting all players who want to test Xenotheria to sign-up at xenotheria.com. It’s already registered about 4,000 gamers through social media promotion. It expects to surpass 10,000 test players in coming weeks, said Ganymede co-founder Rob Thompson.
“We’re excited about fully unveiling our first product to the world,” Thompson said. “We’re inviting the global gaming community to test it. Anyone in the world can sign up.”
Prochazka, Thompson and two other video game industry veterans launched Ganymede in Las Cruces in March 2019. The founders met while working on the blockbuster “League of Legends” multiplayer battle arena game produced by Riot Games in Los Angeles.
Ganymede aims to develop single-player RPGs that provide aging gamers with the same hardcore experiences that attracted them at younger ages, but with content and formats that accommodate their current, busy lifestyles with jobs and families.
A survey of some 7,500 gamers last year about their playing preferences is helping to guide Ganymede efforts to develop compelling characters and rich story lines that provide fulfilling experiences, Prochazka said.
To date, the company has raised $650,000 from the New Mexico Angels and other investors. The state and City of Las Cruces also approved $350,000 in Local Economic Development Act funding for a Downtown studio and headquarters, but the pandemic slowed those plans, forcing Ganymede’s nine employees to work remotely since early last year.
But New Mexico Angels President Drew Tulchin said the company has made major progress in getting its first product to market.
“These are veteran developers with a long track record of success,” Tulchin said. “They’re consummate professionals who know their business. Even in COVID times, they’re proving themselves as capable entrepreneurs and managers.”