Creative Director & Writer
“Coup de Coeur” OF
THE ETPA Grand Prix
While he was still a student at ETPA, Matthieu developed the video game "Cendres", in collaboration with other classmates. This graduation project, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and follows the adventures of a small group of survivors, stands out thanks to an original graphic universe and a particularly immersive gameplay. These qualities are the reason why it was awarded the Special Prize "Coup de Coeur" at the ETPA Grand Prix.
"We tried to extract the essence of a tabletop role-playing game experience, and in particular three elements : the "moral" choices, which impact the player-characters and the world, the "group" aspect of characters, which creates tension in managing a team, where a single character can make different choices, and finally the immersive aspect of the role-playing game, letting a lot of things happen in the player's head and less on the screen, like what can happen around a table," he confided to the AFJV website in 2018.
BACK TO “Cendres”
At the end of the school, Matteo started working at Muybridge Studio (Montpellier), and very quickly launched himself into entrepreneurship, creating with his partners at the end of his studies the independent video game studio "Khimera". Still attached to "Cendres", they are currently working on a full version of the game, which they would like to bring to life by 2021.
"When it comes to video games, all our experience, knowledge and discoveries can bring something. If I had to give a piece of advice to the current students, I would tell them to be as open as possible to everything around them! Drawing, coding, music, writing... Gather all the knowledge you can while you can, get out of your comfort zone and, above all, be curious. This is the key that will make you a competent, rigorous and truly professional individual."