Teacups & Treasures
On a fine Thursday in May, the Cococucumber team, partners, fans and friends gathered in a private space to celebrate the launch of Ravenlok. This was not your average game launch party… In fact, it turned out to be quite the fancy tea party, complete with a custom high tea menu and string quartet performing two very special songs from the game!
Guests were treated to three tiers of high tea scrumptiousness, from the cucumber (get it?) cream cheese sandwiches, to the buttermilk Earl Grey scones and delightful raspberry cupcakes. Taking inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, the Ravenlok high tea menu was designed by co-chefs, Spencer and Tosh, from Fare Food Co (also owners of the beautiful space) and Ravenlok director, Vanessa. Alongside the food, there were four selections of teas from Sloane Tea, a Toronto-based woman-led brand, to complete a feast for the palettes.
Music to Our Ears
Upon entering the space, guests were treated to the soothing sounds of a string quartet playing a carefully curated list of songs from animated films, games and movies. To be specific, the setlist is exactly 37.5% Disney songs, which to the discerning ear will hint at many of Ravenlok’s inspirations.
Next, guests gathered to witness two very special songs from Ravenlok, “Castle Gate” and “Queen’s Chamber”, performed live for the very first time by the lovely string quartet led by Vedran from GTA Strings. Mike Rocha, Ravenlok’s composer, gave a few words of introduction before the sounds of keys and strings vibrated the air with a goosebump inducing performance, perfectly capturing the magic and emotions of the game.
“I’ve got to say, some of you have really committed to the theme – I’m just glad nobody showed up as the Caterpillar Queen!” — Ravenlok director, Vanessa Chia
A speech by Ravenlok’s game director, Vanessa, introduced guests to the dev team: Martin, Justin, Danielle, Simone, Vicky, Leona, Mike and Finnie, the hard working crew who built the rocket ship that launched Ravenlok to success. A special shout out was given to the three co-op students Patricia, Yuan and Kia, who worked on the game during their internship.
Partners CMF, Ontario Creates, Xbox and Epic Games were thanked for their support, as well as playtesters from Ontario Game Testers, Alanna and Delaney from DnA Creative and the great team at Continue Agency for their marketing and social support.
“Bellissimo!!!!” — 5 star review of Ravenlok (in Italian)
Cococucumber’s co-founder Martin gave an update on the soaring number of players that Ravenlok has seen since launch and read touching reviews from players all around the world. These words reflected how Ravenlok captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands, making it Cococucumber’s most successful game to date.
Ravenlok Milestones & Key Facts (From 18 May 2023)
- Over 375,000 players in 2 weeks
- 86% positive rating on the Xbox global stores
- Over 2,000 five stars player reviews on Xbox US global stores
- Top countries by players: United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada
Next, a surprise! A cake was brought out for Vanessa to celebrate her upcoming birthday and to mark her achievements as director, producer and writer on this remarkable game.
Finally the afternoon soiree wrapped up with a Ravenlok quiz about the team and game, with fun prizes that included a limited-edition Ravenlok tee and very special Ravenlok playing cards! For the dev team, this event also served as the start of their week-long, much deserved, post-launch break after the very hectic and thrilling release of Ravenlok.