Ilta Games is a Finnish video game company, which is currently developing a game called Shifter

Ilta Games was founded in 2021 by Niilo Hanni.

Story behind Shifter and Ilta Games

Shifter started development in the end of 2020. It has now been in development ever since and the vision of the game has changed drastically during the progress. Originally, Shifter was supposed to be a first-person shooter with multiplayer, where you could Shift gravity.

As you can see, the only thing that hasn’t changed in the game is it’s core game mechanic; gravity-shfting. Gravity-shifting and wall-walking have always been fascinating to me, and I realized that this could be a much better idea, if I made a single player game. Therefore I decided to turn it into a rogue-lite instead. I also wanted to make a game with a particular scifi thing, that I have always been interested in. I wanted to have the game be about microchips, that get attached to brains. In my opinion a good way to attach these two ideas would be to make a game that happens inside a dream, where the brain chip could play a role.

At start I had an idea, that the game could be a multiplayer coop game, and the idea behind that was that this microchip could let its users share their dreams with their friends. Even though that is a fascinating idea, in my opinion, I can’t make everything, so I had to cut the coop multiplayer off from this game, and completely focus on the singleplayer mode. This is how the game became about getting your dream hacked, and later I founded this company in 2021.

-Niilo Hanni

Pictures of Shifter