March 2019 Newsletter
March 2019 Newsletter

We can't believe it's the end of March already! With all the excitement of Dreams Early Access being announced last month and our various adventures on the road this month and all the work going into that build we're putting in your hands this spring...we've just accepted busy as our normal state. So thankfully, Mm Monthly is here to recap everything we've been up to, and everything we're about to get up to!

We hope to see some of your faces at our Boston CoMmunity meetup during PAX East, and we'll have more information about Early Access as we near it's release. It's coming soon!

Guest Artist:

Our Guest Artist this month is Choro Choi from Guerrilla Games! Choro is a Senior Concept Artist for Guerrilla, and is responsible for this year's amazing International Women's Day PS4 art and theme, which we've used as this month's newsletter header!

The theme is available to download to your PS4 now, and you can do so here.


Dreams Fact!

Look at all of these stats we collected during beta! There's a lot to digest here (oh no, is this missing a cake stat? Yes, TALLY THE CAKES, TOM!) but we did want to highlight one thing: The most common words you used when leaving comments for each other: “Thanks”, “Great” and “Love”.

We also checked the naughty words and in fact, even when you used those it was to emphasise kind words. Whenever you do something creative you give a little bit of yourself in it and it's pretty emotional to see a community that supports each other with kindness and compliments. So thank you, all the love you shared was great to see.

Dreams Fact!

This Month at Mm HQ

PAX East 2018

PAX East 2018

PAX East is right around the corner, and we're gearing up for a busy show! Alongside our showfloor activities, such as the return of our 10 minute PAX creations, you'll be able to get hands-on with Dreams as well as take part in a high-score mini-game challenge for a chance to win a D-Bug pinny!

We're also hosting our first CoMmunity Meetup in ages! If you're in the area on Friday 29th March, head over here to register your interest in attending our lil' shindig! You can check out the rest of our plans by jumping over to our blog.

Train Jam & GDC

Train Jam & GDC

We packed up both our Dans (Goddard and Kidney) and sent them off to Train Jam 2019, the annual train trip full of game devs on their way to GDC! The Dans were on-board to give Dreams demos to any and all passengers! We're super excited at the idea of Train Jammers using Dreams on their journeys in the future!

Then, GDC! Ed and Todd took to the stage to open up the show with an amazing animation and music performance, which was followed by Siobhan delivering a keynote on our Dreams journey! You can check out their show, as well as Siobhan's speech, by watching the livestream right here.

SXSW Gaming Awards

SXSW Gaming Awards

Abbie and John took to the stage at the SXSW Gaming Awards this month to create in Dreams with the help of a live audience! The catch? They only had an hour to create! The result? Red Panda Cowboy! You can check out their creation on YouTube, thanks to our friends over at ImpSpace!


Last Month at Mm HQ

Dreams Early Access Announced

Dreams Early Access Announced

February was an exciting month for us at Mm Towers, as we announced that Dreams Early Access will be launching in Spring 2019! We've been busy getting everything ready for the launch since then and we can't wait! You can read up about all the goodness over on the PlayStation Blog.


Inside Mm HQ

Meet a Molecule

Meet a Molecule

Jewel Leffley is one of Mm's wonderful Tools Programmers, making everything tick along beautifully in Dreams. She's recently started here with us at Mm Towers, so we thought there's no better time to introduce her to the CoMmunity!


What do you do on Dreams?

I’m a Tools Programmer, working alongside a few others to make sure things everything behind the scenes keeps running smoothly, and helping the rest of the team be more efficient with tooling and automation. I may as well be a ghost to everyone outside the company, because everything I do is done so that you never know I existed in the first place!


What're you looking forward to the CoMmunity doing in Dreams?
I’m really interested in seeing people try things that haven’t been tried before. That, and getting more ambitious in scope and scale, making things I would have never thought possible. I’ve already seen that happen through the Beta and I’m still awestruck at the creations people have managed to make in only six weeks, while still learning the tools; which really excites me for what’s possible in the years after launch.


What do you like to do in Dreams? Do you have a favourite creation?
I haven’t had much time to toy with Dreams personally as I only joined the team around the launch of the Beta; but other than wanting to play what everybody else makes, I’m definitely interested in trying out the sculpting tools with some move controllers at some point. It looks cathartic, and the art I’ve already seen has blown me away.


Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!
I’m thinking Spaghetti Bolognese; or, really, just pasta in general. You can’t go wrong with pasta, right?

Cabin in the Woods. I’m a big psychological horror fan, and it was hard to pick just one movie I liked, but it’s such a good take on the genre.

A bit of a weird pick here for song, but I’d say “Lifetime Achievement Award” from a pretty niche album called “Spirit Phone”. I definitely recommend giving it a listen, it’s worth your while!


Finally, what’s your favourite game?
There’s a few games that keep fighting for that top spot in my head, but I’ve gotta give the award to Zelda: Wind Waker. It’s just so important to me in every aspect


CoMmunity Happenings

Fan Art Board

Last month, our friends at DreamsVerse.com ran a Valentine's Day art contest! The winner? @CanYouNAUT and their excellent Zombie characters from their beta creations, Radical! Next, we were gifted the awesome model of Connie and Cuthbert from the Start Dreaming tutorials - thanks @EnochRootDreams! Finally, @jrtannehillart has drawn the lovely image below of Frances and Foxy watching a sunset!

If you've got some art you'd love to show us, you can send it to us on Twitter or Instagram! Tag it with #DreamsPS4 to make sure we see it!


Jobs

We're on the lookout for new Molecules to join in the fun and make Dreams the best it can be! Follow the links below to read more about our current vacancies at Mm Towers!

Stay up to date on our jobs page

Current positions



This time next week we'll be in PAX-land! PAX East 2018 kicks off on the 28th March and, as we mentioned earlier, we'll be there for all 4 days creating live on-stage, chatting to all of you at the show and hosting our community meetup! We can't wait!

We'll also be heading to London on 2nd April to open the Game Impact Summit with a Dreams performance, before Siobhan closes out the event with a talk! You can keep up to date with all our goings-on with our handy Events Calendar!

Oh, and by all our accounts Spring has begun ...