At Klang we’re busy working on creating a new world and to do so we need industrious, talented Klangers. The best at what they do, we’re delighted that we have new colleagues joining us as we progress along our goal.
But what's it like to join a studio - and not just any studio, what is like to join Klang Games? And what attracted them in the first place? I went around to some of the new joiners' desks (and deep into the newer corners of the studio’s Slack channels) and tried to get a sense of what it’s like to become a Klanger in winter 2021/22.
Once you’re inside a studio things are clear. But how about when you’re on the outside, looking in? ‘One of the first things that attracted me to Klang was the phrase ‘Klang is an entertainment studio exploring the future of humanity through various forms of media,’ says Alice, a new community manager who joined at the start of November 2021. And website text aside, she said: ‘I’m a little in love with the aesthetic and art style.’
Indeed, speaking of our art style, another one of our latest joiners is Muni, a 3D artist, who has ‘had [the] satisfaction of seeing assets I made myself that replicate the SEED style which I loved from the moment I first saw it.’ While for Anton, another recent addition to the Art Team, one big attraction was ‘the opportunity to design pretty much everything as the world of SEED is so vast and diverse’.
Long time members of the studio won’t be surprised to hear that the welcome was warm, even if it was online and mostly over Zoom calls and Google Meets. But again listening to Muni, it’s clear that the space and ability to excel is possible now more than ever: ‘It's only been a month since I started working, but I already feel like a valued member of my department. Working remotely is challenging in many ways, and has been in the past, but no one in Klang ever made me feel like I'm a distant associate or something. Before I started, I had a few doubts like will I fit in, do I have what it takes and such, but very fast it was clear to me that I can relax and just do what I know best, and that is modeling.’
Indeed, the ability to work from home is a good thing, as for some new joiners, if they had to up sticks and transplant their homes, the chance to get to work on SEED would have passed them by.
Germany, and indeed much of Europe, is all easily crossed by train and so the mix of meeting colleagues in person while keeping an address outside of Berlin is a great upside to an otherwise turbulent global crisis. We have colleagues who commute from Karlsruhe, Munich and Dusseldorf, to name just a few locations inside of Germany - we also have always had Klangers who had one foot firmly in places further afield.
As Anton sums up his experience: ‘It would be pretty hard for me to move to Berlin now. Without the possibility of working remotely I think, I couldn't be part of the Klang team which would be a pity! But still I want to meet all the Klangers in person and visit Berlin. In my opinion it is vital to talk face to face, to laugh, argue and maybe drink some beer together.’