Maschinen-Mensch is a German independent game studio of former AAA developers that left the mainstream industry to experiment with new forms of generative storytelling and create innovative games that aim at unattended niches in gaming. The studios debut-title The Curious Expedition, a game about fictitious expeditions set in the 19th century, was released in 2015 on Steam Early Access and won the German Developer award for “Best Indie Game 2015”. The founders: Johannes Kristmann spent more than 8 years in the AAA-Industry and worked on “SpecOps: The Line” or Dead Island 2 as an Artist, Leveldesigner and Gamedesigner. In 2014 he decided to leave the mainstream business and co-founded the Berlin based independent games studio Maschinen-Mensch, to work on unconventional games far off the mainstream mold. Riad Djemili is the co-founder of Maschinen-Mensch. Riad started working in the game industry in 2005 and worked for seven years at Berlin game company YAGER, where he among other titles worked on the critically acclaimed game Spec Ops: The Line.