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ERECTUS THE GAME

Erectus the Game is online and people from all over the world are having fun playing our free-to-play, strategy-focused empire builder MMO about our history.  The game is currently in closed beta. You can get your beta key at www.MMOgames.com and start playing our game right away. Have fun!

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STORY OF ERECTUS

Imagine the existence of a time machine that could instantly transport you a good 130,000 years into the past. Imagine you’d have the courage to actually use it. You would bear witness to the one event to which we all thank our lives…

STORY

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ABOUT US

Maata is a Dutch company established in 2013 in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Its roots can be found in the combination of marketing and history. Maata’s team is working from two locations: Arnhem, The Netherlands and Davao, Philippines.

 

Bridging the world by playing together

Maata believes that people who play together will have a better understanding of each other, learn faster, and can make more of their lives. For example, during the Olympic Games that occured during the Cold War in the eighties, you could see athletes from the east and west becoming friends. Today look at children from different nationalities playing football on a beach during vacation which leads to new friendships. Maata has developed the Erectus concept, a tale of the origin of mankind. The Erectus concept contains online games, real life events and in the near future there will be other features such as books, movies and merchandise. The Erectus concept is about playing, learning and communicating together all over the world. The Internet provides us with the opportunity; Erectus gives us the reason to play all together.

TEAM

The first game title of Maata is called Erectus the Game. It is a free-to-play strategy-focused empire builder MMO about our history. The game is about building and expanding your empire in a pre-historic world that existed 130,000 years ago. Back then Homo sapiens weren’t alone on this planet. Next to Homo sapiens there was also another type of humans, called Homo erectus. Where the development of the Homo sapiens was mainly technology driven, the development of the Homo erectus was based on a symbiosis with nature. The Homo erectus worked together with animals and lived on our planet for 1.5 million years.

 

In the game, you play as a white, brown, black or yellow individual of the Homo sapiens. Together with thousands of other players, you explore the dynamics of working together, trading and forming alliances. The common enemy that you encounter in the game, is the Erectus people.

 

Erectus the Game is now available in closed beta. Get your beta key at www.mmogames.com and try it out. We welcome and encourage everyone to register and play.

 

 

Concept

Erectus is about our history, the history of mankind. We are so different from each other but if you look at us from a different perspective, you will discover that we actually have a lot in common. Everyone that you can encounter on our planet comes from the same species: Homo sapiens.

 

The concept of Erectus gives people from all over the world a common sense of being. It lets people enjoy together, whether it is in a game, in an event or by reading the books or enjoying the movies about our common history.

 

OUR GAME

Developer: Maata Games BV
based in Arnhem,  The Netherlands

 

Founding date: May 2013

 

Website: www.maatagames.com

Press/business contact:
aludwig@maatagames.com

 

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Address: Stationsplein 3,
6811 KG  Arnhem The Netherlands

 

Phone: +31 26 3030010

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  • Description

     

    Maata Games is a Dutch company established in 2013 in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Its roots can be found in the combination of marketing and history. Through Erectus the game, Maata aims to reach millions of people all over the world. Erectus is fun, but also gives its players an understanding of where we humans came from and an understanding of our origin. This concept of learning while playing, will give people the opportunity to develop, play other roles than in daily life and get to know other people in different parts of the world. We think everyone should have this experience.

     

    In the near future Maata wants to connect the online world of Erectus the game with the real life world through events, movies and other features.

  • History

     

    The founders of Maata Games are Paul and Alet Ludwig. They have been working on the concept for Erectus the game for four years. Together with their graphical designers team in Arnhem, they put together the storyline and the game graphics. Then a big hurdle needed to be overcome, the financing of the project in order to get it developed and to bring it online. Paul and Alet promoted the company to investors and managed to get the required funds. Also, a crowdfunding campaign was started to raise money for international brand protection of the word Erectus, the name of the game. This all was done in 2014 and the first half of 2015.

    For technical development, the management chose to go to the Philippines. They opened an office in Davao, Philippines, for their programmers and named it Maata Creative Lab.

  • The first product

     

    Erectus takes its players back in time, about 130,000 years.

    Back then, the Homo sapiens and Homo erectus lived alongside one another. The players will be able to pick one of the 4 available Homo sapiens races and are given a starting village on the map, from there a advisor will instruct and guide them through the first stages of the game. Players will be building their first city during the first few minutes of play. This city will be the base from which the player builds the rest of his/her empire.

    The process of building an empire has been recreated as “true to life” as possible, it is filled with obstacles and pitfalls that the player will have to keep in mind. One example of this is the need to build up a sizeable civilization, as a small civilization means you won’t be able to build up an army.

    Another important aspect is your economy. Players can obtain silver in a multitude of ways, one of which is through taxes. The height of your taxes is entirely up to the player though care should be taken not to set them too high, otherwise the citizens will become angry and rebellious. Another factor to keep in mind is that no civilization enjoys living in an empire that is constantly at war with other rulers, though successful battles do tend to go hand in hand with spoils which the citizens are always happy to have.

     

    Erectus is filled with economic, military and management features; both social and strategic. The kinds of decisions that rulers like Charles the Great had to make in their time will now have to be made by the players of Erectus.

    The player is able to micromanage his empire at all times, allowing for an optimal game plan at all times. By making the correct decisions in a constantly shifting and changing world the players will be able to expand their empires and lead their people to greatness.

    Until the Erectus arrive, that is.

     

    The Erectus is the race “played” by the game, and eventually the ever-growing empires of the Sapiens will start to look very threatening to the Erectus, at which point they will start to attack the players.

    The game changes drastically once the Erectus arrive. The players will have to stop fighting amongst themselves and form alliances in order to work together and fight back against the Erectus armies.

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TEAM

Paul Ludwig - CEO/creative director

Alet Ludwig-Roesink - Managing partner

Gerrit Koolstra - Game artist

Aafke Teunissen - Front end graphical design and video editing

Tom Schollen - The voice of Erectus

Mike Kothuis - Manager marketing and events

Alex Tavasolli - Game artist

Bomar Sinday - Senior web developer/teamleader

Dustin Ramirez - Senior gamedeveloper/teamleader

Eugene Maning - Development operations engineer

Carlo Dinopol - Intermediate gamedeveloper

Matt Custorio - Junior webdeveloper

Hanz Certifico - Junior webdeveloper

Fatima Valguna -  Site Operations Manager

Jacky Mueller

Isabelle Tanahatoe

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CONTACT

HEAD OFFICE

Stationsplein 3, 6811 KG Arnhem, The Netherlands

 

T +31 26 30 30 010

 

E info@maatagames.com

MAATA CREATIVE LAB

2/F ACC Bldg. Quimpo Boulevard Ecoland,
Davao City 8200 Philippines

TOKYO OFFICE

SS Building 3F, 5-8-9 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku,
151-0051 Tokyo, Japan

 

T +81 50 5539 3320

 

E japan@maatagames.com

MAATA LIMITED

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Wan Chai, Hong Kong