The Falconeer

Soar through the skies aboard a majestic warbird, explore a stunning oceanic world and engage in epic aerial dogfights, in this BAFTA-nominated air combat game from solo developer, Tomas Sala.

Game Description 
The Falconeer is the first Solo developed fully commercial title by Tomas Sala, formerly co-founder and creative director at Little Chicken Game Company. The title and effort are born from an honest attempt to reposition myself, my work and art. Basically walking away from team development, entrepreneurship in the shape of a company with employees and most importantly away from work for hire and client/contractor relationships. Partially born from a burnout and a long overdue reckoning with mental health issues as well as an inability to conform to current game development best practices.

I chose between being a flawed leader or a free artist, with the latter winning out. The Falconeer is a heady brew of ingredients. An art project that expresses a need for freedom and the struggles to escape, as much from your surroundings as your own internal constructs and expectations. 

But it is also a homage to a lost genre, fantasy air combat games such as Crimson Skies, combined with open world gameplay.  And last but not least it is a last desperate attempt to be viable in an industry that is often ruthless, an open armed dive into the commercial market ,asking:

Can you still make an uncompromising game on artistic and personal vision, while still following the commercial tenets that seem to underpin our industry, and while you be around to do it again, or fail and be thrown back to were you started? For now the answer seems a resounding yes. Hence I’m entering the game for the Dutch Game Awards.

Developer: Tomas Sala
Release date: November 10, 2020
Platform: The game is primarily known as a Series X/S physical launch title but was also launched on : Xbox One (s/x), PC(Steam/GOG/retail physical). From February 8th it was available on Xbox/PC Gamepass where it garnered 500K+ installs in the first months. It is als launching august 5th on: Playstation 5/4 Nintendo Switch with the following platforms releasing sometime soon: Amazon Luna Epic gamestore
Website: thefalconeer.com

Entry for: Best Game, Best Innovation, Best Audio, Best Art

Nominated for: Best Game, Best Art

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