November 6, 2023

Andreas Betsche

Introducing Generex: Laos’ First Foray into the Gaming World

November 6, 2023 | Andreas Betsche

In an industry overflowing with innovative and captivating gaming experiences, one nation has long remained unnoticed. Laos, a country tucked away in mainland Southeast Asia, is finally grabbing the spotlight with its first-ever homegrown game development studio, Ex-Hysteria, and their ambitious project known as Generex.

The setting of Generex is a science-fiction world.

Kicking off Laos’ Game Development with a MOBA

Despite lacking the vibrant game development scene witnessed in its neighbouring countries, Laos aims to make an impact on the gaming landscape with Generex, a free-to-play MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) designed for PC. Spearheaded by the seven-member team at Ex-Hysteria, this Laotian studio is prepared to challenge the dominant forces of the genre, such as Dota 2 and League of Legends.

Generex is a game that combines the elements of MOBA and action gaming genres.

Generex: More Action, More Skill?

Generex thrusts players into the futuristic cityscape of Cosmo Vertexera, a metropolis teetering on the brink of annihilation. The game’s distinct third-person perspective and combo-based action sequences, which include acrobatic wall runs, promise a more “skill-based” gameplay experience. Trying to set itself apart from the traditional MOBA formula, Generex introduces a shooter gameplay element, allowing players to purchase and wield an arsenal of guns on the battlefield.

Wallruns are an efficient way to travel quickly from point A to point B.

From Lanes to Highways: Fast-travel in Generex

Drawing inspiration from the titans of the genre, Generex offers two primary gameplay modes. Players must strategically decide whether to obliterate the enemy’s base or tactically destroy their barracks on the four lanes, halting the relentless onslaught of enemy minions. With expansive maps that can take up to three minutes to traverse, Generex emphasizes fast travel through the utilization of cars and highways, with players even given the ability to control these vehicles, albeit without car combat.

Players can drive on a highway that connects to the city.

Can the Studio Really Pull This Off?

While scepticism may arise considering Ex-Hysteria’s status as a fledgling studio, studio lead Farman Dedvalab highlights the wealth of experience possessed by its core members. According to his assessment, they honed their skills through years of contributing to significant game development projects abroad, making them well-equipped to tackle the immense task of bringing Generex to life.

Players have access to powerful special abilities, such as the blizzard, in addition to their firearms.

Support Needed: Developers Are Hunting for Publishers

However, a journey of this magnitude cannot be undertaken alone. Ex-Hysteria is actively seeking a publisher or investor who shares their vision and is eager to support the burgeoning Laotian gaming industry. With a playable demo already completed and recently showcased at gamescom asia in Singapore, Generex has taken the first steps on the gaming market’s surface. Anticipated for release in 2026, Dedvalab hinted that Generex may expand to consoles and mobile platforms in the near future.

First Gameplay of the Laotian MOBA Generex

We are committed to keeping our readers informed on the latest developments surrounding this first-of-its-kind Laotian game. While waiting for the release, we invite you to watch an exclusive first-look gameplay video:

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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