FAST TIMES AT BLACKBIRD πŸš€

Oh hey, here you are - welcome to the first edition of our recently rebooted newsletter!

Here you'll find news and updates about our games, some fun behind-the-scenes details that you cannot get anywhere else, and even the opportunity to win some cool swag (read closely till the end πŸ‘€).

We have been keeping busy, so let’s strap ourselves onto this rocket - it's going to be an adventure.

πŸ† STEAM AWARDS πŸ†
HARDSPACE: SHIPBREAKER

It is that time of the year again! Nominations for the Steam Awards just opened and will end on Nov 29th @10am PST. If you enjoyed your time cutting spaceships in zero-G, please consider nominating us in the "Most Innovative Gameplay" category πŸ™

PS: "Sit Back & Relax" wouldn't be a bad one either!

πŸ‘Š PVP DEV DIARY πŸ‘Š
MINECRAFT LEGENDS

How do you think the playful, unbridled, childlike creativity at the heart of Minecraft Legends translates into PvP? Click on the vignette above to watch the video and find out!
FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA #1
Jens, the Chief Creative Officer at Mojang and one of the very first employees of the studio, is a huge Homeworld fan. So much that he once made a 2D demake called "Houseglobe" which you can still find online and play.

πŸ₯‡ TROPHIES GALORE πŸ₯‡
HOMEWORLD 3

The very first Gameplay Trailer - that our in-house cinematics team co-created with Gearbox for the 2022 Game Awards - just won 5 awards at the prestigious CLIO advertising awards! πŸ₯‡ for Voiceover, πŸ₯ˆ for Gameplay Trailer & Editing, and πŸ₯‰ for Music. Rewatch it here.

πŸ“’ 1.0 LAUNCH & FREE WEEKEND πŸ“’
CROSSFIRE: LEGION

Christmas comes early πŸŽ„ Crossfire: Legion - the classic RTS we co-developed with Smilegate for their IP - will leave Early Access and be free to try for a limited time in early December.

The game has grown significantly during the Early Access period led by Prime Matter, and now packs a ton of content and improvements. Find all about it here.
FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA #2
Project codenames at BBI all come from Pacific Northwest animals. Crossfire: Legion's was ORCA - also like the iconic aircraft from the influential C&C series. And Shipbreaker's was LYNX - which gave its name to the corporation in the final game.

⏰ 4-DAY WORK WEEK β°
LIFE AT BBI

Pam, our HR Director, recently spoke with Tech Talent North about our shift to the four-day work week (32 hours).

β€œAt face value, the four-day work week sounded like we were going to lose productivity; but then we started asking if we were looking at productivity the right way [...]. It became a question of can we have quality over quantity?”

It turns out the answer was yes! You can read the entire article right here for additional details about this surprisingly effective schedule for creative industries.

🎨 PRODUCTION ART DROP πŸŽ¨
HARDSPACE: SHIPBREAKER

Do you enjoy visual design and concept art? Then go check out our new gallery filled to the brim with pre-production content from Shipbreaker!
FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA #3
There's a reference to Resident Evil hidden on the computer screen in the apartment at the beginning of the game. Can you spot it? The first person to reply to this email with the right answer will win a special prize :)

🎬 OPENING CINEMATIC πŸŽ¬
MINECRAFT LEGENDS

In case you missed Minecraft Live last month, here is your chance to watch the CG in-game cinematic opening for the game, entirely created in house by our talented cinematics team 😍

And don't forget to arm yourself with this collection of Minecraft Legends GIFs when posting online!

🀝 COLOUR-BLIND MODE πŸ€
HARDSPACE: SHIPBREAKER

Art by @tunayo
The latest update for Shipbreaker comes with this new helpful option, and a trove of bug fixes - read the full patch notes here.
FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA #4
In the lore of Shipbreaker, WareTech - the company that created the AI which eventually grew into the Machine God - owes its name to one of our key programmers, Trevor Ware.

πŸ”§ MODDING & UGC πŸ”§
HARDSPACE: SHIPBREAKER

The Shipbreaker Team recently shared some insights re: their ship construction process, in a document aimed at modders and those who may just be curious to get a peek behind the curtain.

Community member Piepieonline didn't waste time and created a Javelin variant, called "The Swordfish" - which Takovacs reviewed in a first look video that also leveraged Piepieonline's Shift Recorder mod to create a timelapse of the whole salvaging operation.

 πŸ“ FIG UPDATE πŸ“
HOMEWORLD 3

The Hiigaran and Raider carriers underwent some heavy redesign and shape-tuning. Find more about it and our design process in our latest backer's update.
FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA #5
The voice of Karan S'jet in the original Homeworld games was provided by Heidi Eaves - who is now the COO of Relic Entertainment and was named Canada's Best Boss at the 2021 GamesIndustry.biz's Best Places To Work Awards.

🎁 SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY πŸŽ

Look at that! You've made it to the end of the very first edition of our revamped newsletter.

As a token of appreciation, any subscriber who opened this newsletter and clicked on at least one link will be entered in a draw to win a Hardspace: Shipbreaker poster signed by the team.

And not just any poster: the infamous "Bunny Character D" one, created by Evan Szarka - a community member who won the poster fanart contest and saw their creation added into the final game.
Not already a subscriber / just got an email forward from a friend? Then make sure to REGISTER HERE.

Wanna increase your odds of winning something? Then make sure to read Trivia #3 above πŸ˜‰

Till next time,
– The BBI Team
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