Alice Ruppert
Game Design | Game Development

Windstorm: The Legend of Khiimori - Creative Producer (Pre-Production) | Consultant

since 2023
Team: Aesir Interactive GmbH, Nightingames
Publisher: Mindscape
Role: Creative Producer (2023), Consultant for Marketing, Audience and Community Management (2024)

Windstorm: The Legend of Khiimori is an open world adventure game where the player takes on the role of a Mongolian courier rider in the 13th century. The game was announced in May 2024 and is scheduled to release in Early Access in September 2024.

The concept and pre-production phase for this project began shortly after the release of Horse Tales - Emerald Valley Ranch in late 2022. Together with the Nightingames team, I outlined and designed plans for the next big horse game at Aesir. While very early plans included a modern setting and competitive equestrian sports, we eventually pivoted to a historical setting. My motivation in pushing for this shift was to bring some much needed fresh wind and diversity into the "typical" themes of horse games, while using existing lore of the Windstorm franchise and its references to Mongolian mythology as a hook.

Windstorm: The Legend of Khiimori is set to include many well known "horse game" features such as training, taming, breeding and horse care, but aims to make these mechanics interesting and accessible to a wider audience through its historical setting, highly detailed environments and central courier gameplay. The community of "horse game fans" that I've gathered over the years of running The Mane Quest is recognized and utilized as an audience of eager early adopters.

In 2024, I left my position as Creative Producer at Aesir, but decided to stay on board as a freelance consultant, further lending the project my expertise in the horse game market and its audience's needs, as well as in general marketing and community management. I remain involved in certain design decisions, market strategy and communication.

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