Born in former CSSR in the 70ies, Ivan Ertlov grew up as Johann Ertl in Lower Austria. During grammar school, he managed to sell his first games (mostly adventures for C64) to DiscMags. In the mid-90ies, Ivan Ertlov was among the best render Artists in Austria with his shows "Welcome to the Cyberspace" and "Atomic City" being shown at the Knight Games events with hundreds of thousands of visitors. As travellign journalist, Ivan created the docs "Rockin USA" and "Adventure Down under". After several years of studying, DJ-ing and journalism, with an obscure degree earned, Ivan became a teacher in Lower Austria. He managed to survive the kids and pupils for five months before going back into media business as Online Writer for the JoWooD AG, developer and publisher of the "Giant" and publisher of Gothic. With his own label "Homegrown Games" Ivan created two independent developed games being shipped worldwide before quitting JoWooD in 2009 and focussing on Indie Game making alone.

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IvanErtlov Jun 15 2015, 1:34pm replied:

You are not that far from the truth :D

+1 vote   news: First look at Unreal Playable!
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IvanErtlov Jun 1 2015, 11:42am replied:

Into the Ice is still developed on a 25% track, which means, that 25% of our team are working in ITI.

+1 vote   game: Antinomy - Justice, not Vengeance!
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IvanErtlov May 8 2015, 9:41am says:

That´s an interesting question - I can´t tell you exactly WHY. However our "bigger" jobs are often released under false flag, as Publishers want to make gamers believe that their games are invented & made in one of their studios, so there you have to scroll far down the credits until you find us.

+1 vote   company: Homegrown Games - a HRMC label
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IvanErtlov May 4 2015, 10:07am replied:

We have a fast travel system for the desert you can unlock by taking over caravanseries. Most bigger locations have secret shortcuts ;)

+1 vote   game: Antinomy - Justice, not Vengeance!
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IvanErtlov May 4 2015, 10:04am replied:

Well, out of the box it´s pretty limited as it is still in Early Access, but if you know your DBPro and LUA, you can do some magic.

+2 votes   news: The World of Antinomy: The Capitol
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IvanErtlov May 3 2015, 12:16pm replied:

Thanks!

+1 vote   game: Antinomy - Justice, not Vengeance!
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IvanErtlov May 3 2015, 9:39am replied:

Very appreciated :)
Right now we use the GameGuru Editor and customized LUA environments.

+2 votes   news: The World of Antinomy: The Capitol
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IvanErtlov Apr 23 2015, 2:37am replied:

Oh, you have infiltrated the nerdy TGC community? :)

+1 vote   game: Antinomy - Justice, not Vengeance!
IvanErtlov
IvanErtlov Dec 28 2014, 6:42am says:

We built 1 entire level in Unreal 4 and experimented with that approach for 9 months, however, we didnt like the outcome well enough.

+2 votes   media: Latest screens
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IvanErtlov Jul 17 2014, 9:27am replied:

The question is WHEN will be this available ;)

+1 vote   game: Into the Ice - Nazis of Neuschwabenland ALPHA
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IvanErtlov Jun 12 2014, 5:47pm replied:

we scripted a god mode for a player with arthritis. Contact us when you a are desperate enough to need that ;)

+1 vote   game: Into the Dark
IvanErtlov
IvanErtlov May 30 2014, 6:58pm says:

you already got them in your desura client!

+1 vote   news: Steam & Desura united peacefully...
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IvanErtlov May 15 2014, 11:58am says:

AWESOME GAME!

Enjoying the Alpha right now!

+3 votes   game: Excubitor
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IvanErtlov May 3 2014, 4:06pm replied:

Read here:

Steamcommunity.com

+1 vote   game: Into the Dark
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IvanErtlov May 3 2014, 2:05pm replied:

By the way - 12 reviews on steam. 3x not recommended, 9x recommended.

That´s what counts.

+1 vote   game: Into the Dark
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IvanErtlov May 2 2014, 11:00am replied:

it has an options menu. It even works!
But it´s hidden in the steam app folder ;)

+2 votes   game: Into the Dark
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IvanErtlov Apr 5 2014, 5:41pm replied:

Oh yeah, the first time I visited here, I thought "OMG, LSD flashback!"
Not again!

+1 vote   member: Miia
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IvanErtlov Apr 3 2014, 3:35pm replied:

yes. There are big news on Into the Ice waiting, but first we have to get the steam launch done.

+1 vote   news: Into the Dark: Steam, Oculus, and many improvements!
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IvanErtlov Jan 18 2014, 5:11am says:

Armin, the resolution is the same and actually we have REDUCED the memory footprint, and we are working very hard to get it down to a poitn where EVERYONE can play the game on highest texture settings.

+1 vote   media: Into the Dark 1.3 Preview
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IvanErtlov Jan 17 2014, 7:56am replied:

OK, calm down everybody.

- Jan, please stopp calling people "insane" here.
- grouchbag, Armin replied to Jan, whose statement is listed below, IndieDB gets the sorting wrong. So he (Armin) did nothing bad to you, actually he didn´t even refer to your name.

@ Topic - we keep the game as cheap as we can afford, and we had already 3 participations in Bundles, where you could get Into the Dark and severall other games TOGETHER for 5$ or less.

+1 vote   game: Into the Dark
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IvanErtlov Jan 3 2014, 4:52pm replied:

send the savegame to homegrown@gmx.at and my team will look at it!

+1 vote   game: Into the Dark
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IvanErtlov Jan 3 2014, 6:18am replied:

Can you tell me which terminal you mean? THe Obama key was used for the one that lead you to the basic key, so this is ok.

+2 votes   game: Into the Dark
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IvanErtlov Jan 1 2014, 9:47am replied:

Unfortunately, Hoshi82 has not yet responded to my answer below. However, he has a valid key provided by the Romanian site Playinjector who got a bunch of keys from us as help to get their business started.

+1 vote   game: Into the Dark
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IvanErtlov Dec 28 2013, 1:53pm replied:

Hi Hoshi!

All settings are confiogurable in the setup.ini file in your game folder. And if you send your desired keys mapping to homegrown@gmx.at, my staff will send you a customized ini with your prefered settings.

+1 vote   game: Into the Dark
IvanErtlov
IvanErtlov Dec 26 2013, 5:43am replied:

THX!

However, if you had played Into the Dark, you would know that the accent is a part of the story and the gameplay, in some istuations even a key to solving puzzles.

+1 vote   game: Into the Ice - Nazis of Neuschwabenland ALPHA
IvanErtlov
IvanErtlov Dec 26 2013, 5:42am replied:

Well, we were not 100% happy with the German Boxed version, thats the reason why we created a totally new version for Desura.
However, if you look at the German Boxed version, you will see that the subtitles were rather descriptions of what is happening, and only the context info was given in German. This is because of the fact that many eastereggs and jokes were based on linguistics, therefore not translatable.

If you want, I can have our team make a patch that translates the mission log, this could rather useful.

+1 vote   game: Into the Dark
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IvanErtlov Dec 24 2013, 4:11pm replied:

Don´t exaggerate. We were lucky and it was about time to show the authorities that is stupid to judge games different from movies.

+4 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Indie Game of 2013 Players Choice
IvanErtlov
IvanErtlov Dec 24 2013, 11:53am says:

Congratulations to all winners here!

Rogue Legacy has definately earned a sweet spot of glory!

+4 votes   feature: Indie Of The Year 2013 Editor Choice
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IvanErtlov Dec 24 2013, 6:57am replied:

Thx for your support! We got many emails and skype messages of a rather angry nature stating it´s strange that we aren´t listed here with an "Into.." game.

However, please keep in mind that this is the UPCOMING list.
Into the Dark was released on Desura on the 19th of April, and the ITI Alpha was released in September.

So none of our games can be in an "UPCOMING" list. Let´s wait for the "current games" top list!

+5 votes   feature: Best Upcoming Indie Game of 2013 Players Choice
IvanErtlov
IvanErtlov Dec 19 2013, 3:24am says:

Good point!

However, this scene was put together for demo purposes only in 50 minutes. A more lifelike distribution can be seen on the prototype screenshot here:

Indiedb.com

and all models are still placeholders that come with the engine beta, our own assets won´t be in before February.

+2 votes   news: Developer insight: The creation of a scene
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