Based in Berlin, Germany
Press / Business contact:
+49 1575 170 89 88
Maschinen-Mensch is a Berlin-based independent game studio founded by two AAA developers who left the mainstream industry to experiment with new forms of generative storytelling and create innovative games.
Maschinen-Mensch was founded in April 2014 by Riad Djemili and Johannes Kristmann, combining 15 years of experience in professional AAA game productions. Among other projects, they worked on the multi-award winning game “Spec Ops: The Line” by YAGER Development.Curious Expedition
Maschinen-Mensch's debut title Curious Expedition was first released in May 2015 on Steam Early Access. After 30 feature updates (each documented with a video on their YouTube channel), the game reached version 1.0 in September 2016. In March 2017, the "Arctic Expanse" free DLC was released. The game, which to date has sold more than 300,000 copies was released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March 2020, in partnership with Thunderful.Curious Expedition 2
In February 2019, a sequel was announced, featuring a brand new art style, improved gameplay and vastly expanded content, aiming to provide hours of unique adventures to existing and new fans alike. A closed alpha programme was launched in November 2019 on the Maschinen-Mensch Discord server. The game launched on Steam Early Access on June 17 2020. The 1.0 release was launched on January 28 2021 on Steam and on August 11 2021 on Nintendo Switch. "Highlands of Avalon", the first in a series of paid DLCs was released on Steam on November 16 2021. The game will be released on Xbox and PlayStation in early 2022.Other project
Maschinen-Mensch is also working on Curious Case, a game about generative crime stories in the Roaring Twenties of Berlin, and on another unannounced game.
Curious Expedition 2 Launch Trailer YouTube
Curious Expedition Console Release Behind the Scenes Mini Documentary YouTube
"Expedition Essentials" talk at A MAZE. Berlin 2015 YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "Best Roguelike of 2016" - Rock Paper Shotgun
- "Best Independent Game" - German Developer Award 2015
- "Bestes Jugendspiel Finalist" - Deutscher Computerspielpreis 2015
- "Honorable Mention" - Indie Arena Booth @ Gamescom 2015
- "International Prize Finalist" - Ludicious Festival 2014
Riad Djemili on Twitter
Personal twitter of Riad Djemili (@riadd) available at twitter.com.
Johannes Kristmann on Twitter
Personal twitter of Johannes Kristmann (@8bitbeard) available at twitter.com.
Team & Repeating Collaborator
CEO, Programming, Game Design
CEO, Art, Game Design
Senior Game Designer
2D Artist and Animator