Innovations for Youth Capacity and Engagement (IYCE), a joint development effort between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and NetHope, seeking engagement for positive social change by supporting the development of a youth gaming and new media strategy in order to strengthen youth programs by developing tools and effective models utilizing the power of innovative technology, including serious games, to empower, engage and educate youth and assist them in their transition to adulthood.
Nethope, under the direction of the IYCE Program Manager and Game Executive Producer E-Line Media, are looking for expressions of interest from a Jordanian Art Production House to help set the look-and-feel and support production efforts throughout development of the Facebook platform city building game. As the game will be set in Jordan, the art and style of the game should reflect the geography and architectural style that one would expect to experience in Jordan, but still accessible for the broader MENA region.
The IYCE game will focus on strengthening community engagement and systems thinking skills of youth through enabling the creation of the participants’ own digital city. In the process of this city building, players will face concrete challenges, such as energy shortages, diminishing access to water, a growing population and a challenging economic environment, for which they will develop appropriate solutions. In addition to the game play, learning will be enhanced through micro-engagements (i.e., embedded videos and mini-games) and linkages to real world development programs (e,g., players receive rewards for participating in real world community engagement).
The Art Production House will be responsible for the overall visual look, concept art design and all art asset production of the IYCE pilot city building game. The Art Production House will work with the external game designer and developer to conceive, create and optimize all key in-game and manage the art production pipeline to ensure a visually compelling Jordanian-focused city building game. Also, will work with other IYCE core team members on key visual milestones approvals.
The ideal firm must be highly experienced with commercial game vector and 2D art styles that define Facebook social games, and provide high quality creative art development and production services in a consistent, efficient and reliable manner. Must generate inspiring mock-ups, prepare style guides, corrections, and have a deep understanding of the latest gaming market trends.
Note: Looking to start the project ASAP. This is temporary work-for-hire opportunity.