Set in the close future...4) What kind of world is THEY set in, and does it have anything in common with our world? Are there any parallels between the events of THEY and events in our time?
Yes there will be parallels or even possible results based on current happenings, if you think of terrorism for example. The locations of the game will be very familiar to all players, as we are looking forward to let the main plot happen in well-known cities. Overall the world of THEY is not in a complete fictional future, as it is in a very close future (around 2012) – so things will not change so soon so dramatically. You will see known landmarks, buildings, streets, names etc. as it might be in the present – only here and there are elements, which will indicate a technical enhanced future.
5) Why have you decided to develop your own engine?
The answer is simple – money, time and quality! Common engines are expensive to license or do not fit the requirements we need for our vision of a game. Additional to that a development team with a licensed engine needs several weeks/months to get experienced with the abilities of an engine, where nobody has been involved into the development. This will cause a later release date and financial costs. But if you have already built an engine on your own and are able to enhance it based on latest technology issues and market demands, you will be very flexible and creative in your games production as you are not bound and free to decide the technical areas you need the most for your desired gaming experience …