Devs at Dynasty: Hans Emil Hoppe Rauer

Through a series of interesting interview questions both inside and outside of gaming, the Devs at Dynasty articles give our fans a special look into individuals working at Dynasty Studios.

What is your role at Dynasty Studios?

As the Lead Game Designer at Dynasty Studios I am mainly responsible for the overall vision and experience of the gameplay in our games. I collaborate closely with all departments, ranging from designers, programmers, artists and the marketing team to keep everyone’s goals aligned and to make sure the experience of the game is headed in the right direction. 

I spend a lot of time playing our game and researching new games and technologies to compare our game with competitors – always making sure we are making something which can be considered state of the art!

What do you like best about working at Dynasty Studios in Copenhagen?

It is great to work in a place where everyone is enthusiastic about their work and always willing to take constructive criticism in order to improve anything from the game, communication or work environment.

To me, this creates a very professional, yet friendly work environment, where you are not shy of asking questions – everyone listens and thinks the best of each other, and so the work morale just naturally becomes very high when you experience getting creative freedom and taking on your own responsibilities within a team.

What do you think sets Dynasty Studios apart from other game companies? 

Being a relatively young team, but with a lot of experience means that we are not afraid to experiment and try new things! We know how to create state of the art games, quality content and make smart decisions that work in favor of the company, its employees and the games we are making. 

We also know how much community interaction matters and will always strive to be honest with everyone.

What other interests would you like to pursue if you had to work outside of gaming?

I would probably want to work in either the traveling or restaurant industry.
I love traveling and in particular I love skiing, so being a ski guide or helping people plan their ski vacation could be a lot of fun.

I also really love cooking and spend a good portion of my freetime doing this. Experiencing new cuisines is a big highlight for me whilst traveling, but I can’t wait that long in between my gastronomic experiences, so I turn to my own kitchen in between travels.

What is your favorite video game and why?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is my all time favorite video game. I played more than 350 hours in total, with just one playthrough, including the two DLCs, which were also both amazing in their own way! Right now I am just hoping and waiting for the game to be graphically remastered, and then I will replay it again.

In my opinion, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt succeeds where many other open world games fail. I could list all the amazing things about the game, but I think it suffices to say that the world is just perfectly atmospheric and memorable and no matter where you go you will always come across something to spike your interest.

Finally, it also helps that I love the books and the Netflix TV show adaptation. Toss a coin to your witcher!

What is your favorite franchise?

I have always loved the friendly neighborhood Spiderman. The smart and goofy Peter Parker from Queens is by far the most relatable character. 

Both the comics and films are really good at including a lot of real world details that connect the superhero universe really well to our own. Details like what clothes Peter Parker is wearing when he is not in his spider suit, what kind of crime he solves or the food he or everyone else is eating in New York. 

The comic screams New York to me! Peter Parker is just such a good guy… how can you not like him?


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