12 O’clock Studios was founded in january, 2011. In the little port town of Karlshamn in southern Sweden, a group of friends at the Blekinge Institute of Technology wanted to create something spectacular for their bachelors thesis. The key words were; 3D, high production values, narrative focus, and horror. Thus the concept for The Horror at MS Aurora was born. A detailed business plan was created and the company’s thoughts, opinions and focus on short games, non-violence horror, the episodic format, and interactive story telling were the fruits of that labour.
From this sprang the company, it’s entry into Blekinge Business Incubator and The Game Incubator Network, the successful funding for the game, and the long and hard development of it’s tools, processes and of course the actual game development. Business relations with Imagination Studios and Dynamedion were successfully engaged for the motion capture and symphonic orchestra recordings of the score, both of which has been a pure pleasure.
The Horror at MS Aurora is the first game in a franchise in the making, and is due Q1 2013.
Calle Leppäjoki: Producer and CEO. Has a background in sound design, played the guitar for 18 years, and was a co-founder and executive at the audio outsourcing firm Cool Core Audio. He’s dabbled in indie game development for a couple of years – doing everything from programming to graphics to writing – which has led to great insight into the different disciplines within game development. Business and network oriented and active as a board member in Coastalbyte. His favourite past time is casually studying theoretical neuroscience.
Victor Dahlqvist: The Creative Lead. First and for mostly a writer – having experience with writing novels, short stories, pen and paper role-playing adventures, video game scripts, and even a musical. Has experience with project management and project planning as well as design, concept art and gameplay and cinematic scripting. He’s an avid storyteller with an uncompromising view on interactivity and player control.
Fredrik Häthén: Music Composer, Sound Designer. Fredrik has been writing music for games, short films, commercials and various other projects for 14 years of his life. Apart from writing music and creating sound effects, he’s also been a very active writer and saxophone player. He’s passionate about creating powerful emotions through his music and is always looking to acquire new skills that will help him work more towards that goal.
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