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Spacefolk City Reveal

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We are so happy to announce that Moon Mode, our sister studio revealed Spacefolk City

Spacefolk City is a new city simulator game for virtual reality, with a humorous, quirky and eccentric vibe.
It is an approachable take on the city-building genre. Players can construct a floating city in free space, and enjoy the tactile sensation of hand-placing buildings at any orientation to create unusual and unique layouts thanks to virtual reality. 

There is very few casual, accessible city simThe Spacefolk inhabits a solar system where the sun is close to going supernova. Solar flares and other dangerous solar activity have resulted in the destruction of Spacefolk settlements around the system, leaving many Spacefolk without a home. Wandering Spacefolk arrives in the player’s new settlement and the player must help them build a new city and eventually construct a solution to allow everyone to escape the solar system.

Spacefolk all have an Energy attribute, which decreases as they work for you, and is replenished at their homes. They also have an Interest, which is indicated by their head type. When you build them Facilities that match their Interest, you charge up their Interest attribute, which gives each species a special ability (such as walking fast, building fast, carrying more, etc.)

The city’s inhabitants each have their own interests and abilities which influence the player’s strategy and creates a fun challenge in organizing the city’s layout effectively. Cities can be decorated with a range of different absurd objects and items.

Coming soon on Oculus Quest, Rift and Steam VR.

INTERVIEW WITH MICAËL AUDET

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Get the best tips and tricks from our greatest Wands Champion, Micaël Audet.

At the beginning of this season, we shared the history and usage of 5 of our spells, including the Devil’s Split. Getting closer to the end of this season, we wanted to share tips and tricks on how to battle. What better way to get these insights from our Wands Champion in many Wands events, Micaël Audet.

Micaël Audet is from the province of Quebec in Canada and has been playing Wands since 2019. Despite being a Wands Champion, he is also a full-time paramedic and real estate investor.

Want to learn how to use wands and successfully battle in magic duels? Read Micael’s interview below!

How long have you been playing Wands?

I’ve been playing Wands for the first time on my birthday on January 13th 2019 on the Oculus Go

What was your first impression when you played Wands?

My first impression of the game was how great the community is. I realized that there are tons of stuff to learn and good thing I made friends on the first day I played and had a lot of people showing me how the game and the spells work. I’ve played several games in VR and Wands community is definitely THE BEST.

What are your favourite spells and character?

My favorite character is definitely the Assassin. I like how calm he looks on the picture frame and the color of his clothes is perfect for camouflage in Ortus Station and Sanctum of Sahir. I do not have a favorite spell since I like to play and getting better with all of them. Most of the spells I hated in the past, now I love them because I’ve learned how to master them. If there is one spell that I think must be the hardest to master and my favorite because of the amount of discipline and skills it takes to use: it would be Blood bolts.

What do you like the most about the game?

What I like the most about Wands is that it is a game of millions of possibilities that requires a lot of strategic thinking in a very short time. You have to analyze and react so quickly that it becomes almost a super instinct. It’s the only game I’ve ever played in VR that made my heartbeat as fast with an incredible rush of adrenaline.

You have been the champion for so many events, would you like to share some tricks and tips for our players?

First Tip I would give anyone is … Watch my youtube videos 🙂 I’ve put so much knowledge there for anyone to become a Champion! But here are some quick tips I can give you :
1. Avoid getting hit
2. Always make sure you have more Mana than your opponent
3. Learn how to grab the pickups while dodging projectiles or while shielding.
4. And my #1 advice is: USE the snap turn button to make quick 180 degree turns. This will increase your speed in the game because you can teleport and turn at the same time so when you land on the tile you are already facing in the direction you want to face without moving your feet.

You have also created great content on your YouTube channel, would you like to share with us your favourite video about Wands?

Here is one of my favorite videos I’ve made because of the slow-motion and the explanations I give that helps new players to understand how deep the game can be. The cool thing is the last part of the video when I replay the match without the slow-motion and then you realize how fast the game really is.
https://youtu.be/ZC7lzf57FK

Would you like to share anything else with the payers?

Here is a Portrait of the Assassin I received after winning Season 20.

Are you ready? Equip your wand with a wide variety of spells and battle other wielders for fame, power and glory in the realms of The Beyond. See you there!

Cortopia’s July Newsletter

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“The VR paradigm of this game is really unique and interesting.”

If you always wondered who Michael’s favourite character is, or what his first thought of the game was, this interview is for you! 

We had the chance to talk to Michael Gordon Shapiro, Down the Rabbit Hole’s music composer, about some fun questions. Check out this video and hear what Michael thinks of Down the Rabbit Hole, the characters and what difficulties he had composing the game’s music!

Wands’ 24th Season Starts Now!

The 24th season is live, waiting for you to show your best spell combinations. Speaking of spells, in July, we’ll have a weekly spell series article, providing you with valuable tips on using and combining the spells. They might be helpful for you to prepare for this season.

The 24th season starts on the 15th of July and will end on the 1st of September. Prepare, duel, and become the Season Champion!

Check out the previous season winners on our wiki!

Welcome To Cortopia!

Please welcome Erik Johansson to the Cortopia team!

Meet Erik, our UI and Graphic Designer! 😃

Erik brings us a fresh perspective and new ideas in art. He likes to hang out with his family and play any Star Wars related games.

5thAnniversary

Cortopia Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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Reflecting on five years of VR innovation! 

We at Cortopia Studios, the award-winning VR game Wands developer, are celebrating five years of success and driving innovation in the VR games market. 

“Today marks five years of pushing the boundaries of VR entertainment for Cortopia,” said Ricky Helgesson, our CEO and co-founder of Beyond Frames and Head of Studio at Cortopia Studios. “Gaming and entertainment continue to drive the growth of virtual reality, and our award-winning mobile VR game, Wands, was just the beginning for us. We are very excited about what’s next for our studio and the industry as a whole.”

Under parent company Beyond Frames, Cortopia Studios has fully dedicated itself to AR and VR gaming and has been since its inception.

In addition to exciting new game announcements in the near future, we continue to push the technical aspect of our top-rated game, Down the Rabbit Hole, into a stunning 120Hz, one of only a handful of VR games to do so and allowing for an unparalleled level of immersion.

To celebrate our 5th anniversary we wanted to share with you some fun facts about us. We hope you like them as we do!

  • Cortopia used to be a part of Univrses, a Computer Vision and Deep Learning company that wanted a demo for their latest tech. The demo turned out to be pretty fun so it was released as a standalone game as Wands for the GearVR on August 18, 2016
  • Our name was NUX for a while but we had to change it since it was already in use by a French company
  • One of the suggested company names was “Hills with legs”, but we ended up to Cortopia
  • Cortopia has two office dogs Bobo (aka. bobocopter) and Purjolöksson (aka. Purjo, Purjonn, Pelegrino, räkan, fröken lök, posthövet)

Meet Bobo

Meet Purjolöksson

Meet The Team

The celebration continues! We will celebrate across our social media platforms on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram a Giveaway with prizes of custom collective t-shirts and stickers. 

Have a cup of tea with us!

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Let’s celebrate International Tea Day with a tea party!

Did you know that the tea party has some social significance? In the Victorian Age (Alice in Wonderland was written in this time), tea parties were commonplace, particularly for the higher classes, allowing them to flaunt their cultural and intellectual highness. They were also good occasions for discussing agreements or finding out the most urgent news from around the world – or other neighbourhoods. 

In Alice’s story in Wonderland, the tea party is different. It is complete chaos without rules and without any kind of cultural or social pressure. This chaotic tea party is called The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. All the characters present at the party can and do act just as they want

Wands’ 23rd Season is Here!

We hope you had time to work on your strategies and spell combinations to prepare for this new season and climb to the top of the leaderboard! The new 23rd season started on the 15th of May and will last until the 1st of July.

And don’t miss out on our events to collect more valuable items and relic dust to defeat your opponents.

Arm yourselves with the best spells and wands and we’ll see you in The Beyond!

Welcome To Cortopia!

We are happy to announce that we have two new members on our team. Please, meet Anton and Petter!

Meet Anton, our Junior Game Designer! 😃

Anton will join our team on the 24th of May, congratulations on his new position! His favourite VR game is Walkabout Mini Golf, and in his spare time, he loves to cook and play the piano

Meet Petter, our Junior Software Engineer! 😃

Peter, joined our team on the 18th of January. His favourite VR games are Half-life Alyx and Gorilla Tag, and in his spare time, Petter plays competitive games, does sim racing, live-streaming and F1.

Cortopia Studios’ Down the Rabbit Hole VR Adventure Launches March 26

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New VR Game from WANDS Creator Coming to Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, PlayStation®VR and SteamVR; Wishlist on Steam, Oculus Stores and VIVEPORT Starting Today

Stockholm – February 13, 2020 – Is there truth to the Cheshire Cat’s “we’re all mad here” declaration? VR fans will soon find out.  Award-winning virtual reality (VR) game developer, Cortopia Studios, today announced that Down the Rabbit Hole, its upcoming VR title which serves as a prequel to Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland tale, will launch on March 26. Coming to Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, PlayStation®VR and Steam VR platforms, for $19.99 USD, the VR adventure game lets players imagine what happens before Alice makes her fateful trip to Wonderland. 

Starting today, gamers can wishlist the game on Steam, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift and VIVEPORT. Coming to PlayStation Store soon.  

Journey Down the Rabbit Hole in new preview trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRnb0OjBx1o  

“We’re excited to share that Down the Rabbit Hole, our long-anticipated, new VR game, will be available to play starting March 26,” says Ola Björling, chief strategist at Beyond Frames Entertainment, publisher of Down the Rabbit Hole. “For those who are curiouser, our team at Cortopia have been taking all the impossible things — from playtests to design updates to mad tea parties to bring this new adventure to life.”

Björling added, “We are all very excited for players to experience our interpretation of the magical and mythical world that Carroll created and look forward to delighting players with many surprise encounters, challenging puzzles and hidden secrets as they explore our miniature Wonderland diorama. It’s truly a Wonderland experience, and we cannot wait to share our creation with gamers and see their reactions when the game launches in March.” 

About Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole is an amazing VR adventure that serves as a prequel story to Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland tale. In the game, the player discovers a girl in search of her lost pet Patches that has wandered into Wonderland. Players must guide her as she moves through the mysterious world looking for her missing pet. But which way? Players control her fate by plotting her journey through an immersive diorama that wraps around them. Through the game’s many twists and turns, players will find themselves exploring the wondrous corners of Wonderland, solving puzzles, uncovering secrets and making choices, for the girl and other characters, along the way. 

For the latest news updates on Down the Rabbit Hole, and to download assets, including key art and screenshots, visit https://downtherabbitholegame.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dtrh_game 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DownTheRabbitHoleGame 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dtrh_game

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_XLpv9FWZlvFP8dMQU3M1g

Down the Rabbit Hole is the second VR title from the studio. Cortopia’s initial release, WANDS, is a top selling VR game available on the Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, PlayStation®VR and Steam.

About Cortopia Studios:

Cortopia Studios is an award-winning independent publisher, designer and producer of VR and AR games. The studio’s highly-anticipated second title, Down the Rabbit Hole, which is being created by the original team behind

its top-selling VR game WANDS, arrives in March 2020. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Cortopia Studios is part of the Beyond Frames Entertainment group. https://www.cortopia.com/

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Wands on Oculus Quest!

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At long last, something a lot of people have been waiting for: Wands comes to Oculus Quest!

Dodge spells with 6DOF tracking and never again worry about getting tangled up in your cables.

Wands on Oculus Quest includes an AI opponent that gets better as your own skills improve.

Buy now: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/2096339947076151

Learn more: https://www.wandsgame.com/

Join the community:  https://discordapp.com/invite/wands

 

Wands is a VR spell-flinging success — but we want more

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Andreas Skoglund, CEO of Cortopia Studios speaks with GamesBeat about Wands and Cortopia’s future.

Cortopia has been playing with magic since 2016. Its virtual reality dueler Wands started out on Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, but since then, its wizarding empire has expanded to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and, most recently, Oculus Go in May. PlayStation, one of the leading platforms for VR, is missing from that list, and that’s due to the challenge of porting between platforms. For now, the studio is focused on deepening the gameplay, reaching a broader audience, and fostering its nascent esports scene.

Read the full article.

Wands Update 1.4 – Sanctum of Sahir Trailer

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Check out our beautiful trailer of our upcoming update 1.4 – Sanctum of Sahir below.

Introducing the new workshop

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Introducing our brand new workshop

Our engineers, construction workers and wizards have been hard at work creating a brand new workshop.

We’ve basically rebuilt the whole thing from the ground up, making it more spacious, streamlining the functionality of the various stations, and adding a bunch of other improvements.

The new workshop is part of our 1.4 update which will be out this month.