Award-winning Malaysian games showcased at videogame conference

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  • Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018

Level Up KL 2018 conference . Starpic. by kamarul ariffin/30.10.2018

Eager gamers can try their hand at Malaysian videogame studio Metronomik's debut No Straight Roads, which has a playable demo at the Level Up KL 2018 conference.

Metronomik's co-founder Wan Hazmer Wan Abd Halim spoke about the music-based action game at the conference here today, saying it aimed to subvert how music was usually under-utilised in the game design process.

"Our mission is to make games where rhythm plays a huge role in game play, but we do not intend to make rhythm games," he says, referring to games like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero.

In No Straight Roads, players take on the role of an indie rock band fighting an EDM (electronic dance music) empire using music to transform the environment and turn props into weapons. 

The game has already started to pick up accolades, winning the Indie Game Excellence Award from and a nomination for Best Indie Game by Playstation Dengeki Online following its demo at the Tokyo Game Show in September. 

Visitors to the Level Up KL 2018 conference in Bangsar South, which ends Oct 31, will be able to play a demo of the game to get a sneak peek into how it works.

During a press conference today, Wan Hazmer said he would apply what he learned in his seven years at famed Japanese videogame developer Square Enix to grow the local game development industry.

He is best known for his work as Square Enix's lead game designer on Final Fantasy XV, where he added Malaysian elements like roti canai and teh tarik to the game world.

He set up Metronomik with co-founder Daim Dziauddin, whose industry experience included work as a concept artist on Capcom's Street Fighter IV and on shows like Hasbro's Transformers: Prime and Disney Studios' Tron: Uprising.

No Straight Roads is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2019, for PC and the PlayStation 4. 

Fellow Malaysian videogame maker Ammobox Studios is also showcasing its strategic first person shooter (FPS) game Eximius, which is short listed for the SEA Games Award 2018.

While the game is available for early access purchase on the Steam games store, visitors will also be able to try the game for free at the conference.

In conjunction with the conference and Halloween, the studio also rolled out a seasonal update 'Homeland Horror'.
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