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4HEAD Studios™ gear up for the making of "Beowulf"

German-based developers team up to work on a next-generation console game.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Hannover, March 2006 - 4HEAD StudiosTM, the game development house behind the acclaimed The Guild series, have joined forces with 3D-IO to work on the next-generation console game Beowulf.

Beowulf is a AAA video game that is currently under development by a joint venture of leading European entertainment software companies. In addition to

4HEAD (, the initiative is comprised of art and animation studio 3D-IO ( and other partners. Tobias Severin, CEO at 4HEAD Studios, is enthusiastic about the project: "We are thrilled to be providing our experience and workforce to this amazing new title. Our workflow and toolchain have been tailored specifically for large-scale productions such as this, and our team has proven that it can deliver great action adventure game experiences. We look forward to bringing the Beowulf franchise to next-generation gaming platforms."

Igor Posavec, Art Director at 3D-IO, is convinced of the synergy effects that the collaboration yields: "3D-IO is renowned for its unique artistic style, and is specialized on delivering stunning 3D graphics of the highest quality. Partnering with 4HEAD allows our own tech department to focus on nextgeneration visual effects and graphics. This partnership is an ideal match of skills and will allow us to significantly boost the overall production output, and thus the scale and appeal of the game."

Gustaf Stechmann, Producer and Creative Director of Beowulf, is equally positive about the partnership: "Beowulf is an exceptionally strong license and has the potential to make quite a splash on next-generation platforms. With 4HEAD and 3D-IO, we have brought two of the most talented teams in the industry together, in order to develop this game to its maximum potential."

Beowulf is a combat-driven action adventure game set in the realms of nordic mythology. It tells the story of a daring hero, Beowulf, and his adventures in the times of the early viking age. The innovative new fighting system and the exceptional story and characters make this game a must-have for action

adventure enthusiasts. Beowulf is currently being offered for publishing. The game's website at offers a host of material and background information.


4HEAD StudiosTM is a full-service game development studio based in Hannover, Germany. 4HEAD develops intelligent PC and console games for the international market. 4HEAD is a privately owned company and was founded in 1997. Our track record includes "Die Fugger I + II", "Europa 1400", "Big Biz

Tycoon II" and "Back to Gaya - The Game". Our most recent production is "The Guild II", the sequel to our original, highly successful PC game published in 2003. 4HEAD is an officially licensed Xbox and Nintendo developer.

4HEAD StudiosTM / AHEAD Entertainment Software GmbH

Bödekerstraße 84

30161 Hannover


Phone: +49 511 3886000

Fax: +49 511 3886001

E-Mail: [email protected]



3D-IO is a graphics and cinematics studio dedicated to excellence and originality. 3D-IO produces high-quality art assets for video games, including 3D graphics, animation, cinematics, and concept art. 3D-IO is based in Wiesbaden, Germany. We have contributed to several succesful games and edutainment titles such as the long-selling "Physikus", the top 10 hit "America", the critically acclaimed "Historion", and the innovative "No Mans Land". Our most recent production is the adventure game "Ruhemasse Null", published in 2004.

3D-IO Design & Development GmbH

Scharnhorststraße 32

65195 Wiesbaden


Phone: +49 611 2369393

Fax: +49 611 2369392

E-Mail: contact: [email protected]



BEOWULF is the great masterpiece of Anglo-Saxon literature. Dating back to the 6th century AD, this saga faithfully captures the archaic spirit of the early viking age. It can rightfully claim to be the ancestor of modern-day "Sword & Sorcery" and served as source of inspiration for many fantasy stories and novels, including J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of The Rings".

The BEOWULF video game builds upon the original story and characters. You are Beowulf, the legendary warrior. BEOWULF is a third person action adventure with real time combat. Explore the northlands, fight enemies both natural and supernatural, and prove your worth among the heroes of the ancient north.

The extraordinary appeal of the BEOWULF video game lies in its innovative fighting system that builds upon authentic techniques of medieval sword fencing. The game offers a unique mixture of adventure and beat-em-up elements. Powered by cutting-edge 3D technology and featuring a unique visual design, BEOWULF brings to new life the northern world of ancient times.

Press Contact

Gustaf Stechmann

(Executive Producer)

Phone: +49 - 4344 / 413 713

E-Mail: [email protected]


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