The Studio

Red Essence Games focuses on The Three E’s of the Entertainment Industry; to entertain, to educate, and to elevate. We strive to create experiences that are engaging, will make people think, and are visually pleasing.

The Studio began in creator Nik Hagialas’ home office in Philadelphia, where him and Arman Ayrapetyan started work on their flagship title, Mask of Semblance. Mask of Semblance is the first game in our line, and is a Narrative Driven, 2D action adventure / RPG.

Meet the Team

Nik Hagialas

Lead Artist / Writer

Nik earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania State University and specialized in Concept Art and Digital Media. He was previously the Art Director and Concept Artist at Nectar Game Studios, and has freelance experience in the vidoegame, film, and trading card game industries. Most notably, he has produced work for Fantasy Flight games, working on the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones TCGs. His wide range of experience in the industry has led him to begin creating Mask of Semblance, where he acts as Lead Artist / Writer.

Arman Ayrapetyan

Lead Game Designer

Arman earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Drexel University and specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction. He has experience in most modern languages, and creates trading card games and board games in his free time. He is the Lead Game Designer and Lead Programmer of Mask of Semblance.