Established in 1999 as the world's first Games Design & Narrative Consultancy, International Hobo (or ihobo, for short) is a team of experts filling the roles of game designer, narrative designer, and scriptwriter. We provide a number of fixed price services on a contract or on-demand basis.
Complete Game Design with Narrative and Script
From £5,400 or $7,200 or €6.300
For projects that needing a guiding creative vision, we provide an external design and narrative team that is integrated into the entire production process, delivering on a milestone schedule with regular scrum calls. We have extensive experience working on design and narrative for RPGs, strategy games, and educational games, and have also worked on VR, free-to-play games, and license adaptations.
Examples include: Shadows: Awakening (2018), Vikings: Wolves of Midgard, Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition (90% review scores), Ghost Master (90% review scores), Discworld Noir (90% review scores)
Narrative Design and Script Writing
From £5,400 or $7,200 or €6.300
One of our most popular services is providing an external narrative design and script writing team, working on a milestone basis with regular scrum calls. We will work closely with your team to craft the narrative design that works for your game, with a story that adds to the player experience without ballooning the asset requirements. We can work to any brief, but have particular experience with license adaptations, science fiction, and sword and sorcery.
Examples include: Tropico 6 (2019), The Persistence (2018), MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Bratz: Rock Angelz, Spongebob Squarepants: The Creature from the Krusty Krab, Pac-Man World 3, Fairly Oddparents, four more titles still under NDA.
From £1800 or $2,400 or €2.100
Not sure about a concept in pre-production? A game design audit will analyse both the production and the market for a particular idea, identifying any likely problems, and suggesting a selection of improvements that will minimise production cost but maximise either audience reach, review scores, or both.
Examples not covered by NDA include: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall, Hellmut: The Badass From Hell, Luxuria Superbia, Sentris, more than a dozen other titles still under NDA
Script Revision and Polish
From £900 or $1,200 or €1.050
When your game's script just isn't up to scratch, get a professional writer to revise the text and polish it in line with any guidelines you provide. We have particular experience in polishing games translated from non-European cultures, and dealing with the restrictions placed on brands by corporate license holders.
Examples include: Archlord, Barbie Horse Adventures: Wild Horse Rescue, Jakers! Let's Explore, Diva Girls: Making the Music, several other titles still under NDA.
Voice Direction and Studio Recording
Pricing upon request
On many of the projects we work on, we also provide the voice direction and studio recording services, although we usually only provide these services on the games we have scripted.
Examples include: Shadows: Awakening (2018), The Persistence (2018), Air Conflicts: Secret Wars, Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition, Mashed