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Flyhunter Origins Buzzes Onto PS Vita Soon

Andrew Dayton's Avatar Posted by on Jun 06, 2014 // Co-Founder, Steel Wool Games

Hello, I’m Andrew Dayton, Co-Founder of Steel Wool Games. Getting the green light to make our first game doesn’t seem that long ago. And now, we’re living the dream and exhibiting Flyhunter Origins on PS Vita this year at E3!


Steel Wool Games was started by five animated film veterans (including myself) with a shared love for games, a desire to create something fun together and a combined 60 years of film animation experience. Sounds simple, probably makes for a good story. How hard could it be?

Well, hard… exceptionally hard in fact. But it was also an absolutely amazing experience.

We knew what we were good at and were well aware of what we lacked in experience. Being a gamer makes you no more fit to design a game than an avid movie watcher would be directing a film. Joshua (one of our other Co-Founders) had experience building game rules for his table top gaming company Zombiesmith, so we had a good grounding in game mechanics. Building a game that we wanted to play ourselves was daunting but we were determined. We did our research, studied games of the genre and we took advantage of the experience in game craft from our publisher Ripstone. But what were the speed bumps?


Since we were learning the art of game design as we went, we wanted to stick to a genre that had a great history for inspiration. We knew Flyhunter Origins was going to be a 3D platformer/3D chase game but where on the spectrum should we aim? We wanted to make it accessible to kids aged six and up but also fun and challenging for all ages.

We had to first and foremost create a fun gaming experience and pepper it with the qualities that were part of our pedigree. Fun, compelling story, great animation performances, a character that you learn to care about and some really pretty visuals. Our mantra is “This has to be fun to play”.

We leveraged our publisher’s experience and suggestions and held our ground on certain things we were passionate about, but we really took what Ripstone said to heart. They have been great partners on this adventure.


Nothing about the process of making Flyhunter Origins was what you would call traditional. Our publisher is in Liverpool, we are all in California – so setting up meetings or conference calls was always tricky! It was difficult, stressful and exhausting but we are all proud of what we have made. We always keep coming back to the same thought – imagine what we could do if we all were in the same building full time. It would either be a nerdy version of Andy Warhol’s Factory or fight to the death Thunderdome style ;-)

Flyhunter Origins (PS Vita) will be on the Sony Booth in the West Hall at E3 this year. If you’re lucky enough to be attending, come check it out and if you’re not – follow us @SteelWoolGames and Ripstone @RipstoneGames on Twitter for show updates.

For more information on the game – check out the Facebook page and the Flyhunter Origins website.

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+ Rezolution77 on June 6th, 2014 at 10:51 am said:

Pics look good.

Lets hear more :)


+ GeoDarky on June 6th, 2014 at 11:03 am said:

Loving the art-style and the premise looking forward to hear more about this game


+ syzygyC on June 6th, 2014 at 11:05 am said:

Agreed; looking forward to more information on this. Looks really neat so far.


+ xClayMeow on June 6th, 2014 at 11:05 am said:

Gameplay trailer please!


+ mvillatoro on June 6th, 2014 at 11:11 am said:

good good thanks for more games


+ Elvick_ on June 6th, 2014 at 11:24 am said:

I’m liking what I’m seeing already. You have my interest.


+ remanutd5 on June 6th, 2014 at 11:25 am said:

3D platformer vita game = 2 copies sold!!!!! It would have been great if you guys showed gameplay video.


+ CrzyGun on June 6th, 2014 at 11:35 am said:

I certainly will be checking your game out next week!


+ RE_Player on June 6th, 2014 at 12:25 pm said:

On my radar now. It looks great.


+ tonezone on June 6th, 2014 at 1:55 pm said:

The screenshots look great guys! I’m liking the animated style! I just added this to my (sadly) small list of PS Vita games to keep an eye on. :) Great story too, good luck!


+ bothebo on June 6th, 2014 at 4:16 pm said:

Not a fan of indies but you have got my attention! It’s 3D (thank you there are too many 2D indie games) and the artwork looks fantastic. I’ll keep watching!


+ Benzitor on June 6th, 2014 at 7:55 pm said:


Looks really cool, and the style is so Pixar like, that it will stand out…

Cant wait to see more


+ dkarlowicz10 on June 6th, 2014 at 8:15 pm said:

It looks very interesting. I like the fact that it appears to have nice graphics/design for the Vita.


+ Rainwater on June 7th, 2014 at 4:25 am said:

Art looks good. Look forward to seeing this in action and thank you for supporting the Vita.


+ da1true-king21 on June 7th, 2014 at 6:33 am said:

If you wanna see some gameplay videos they have some up on their website.

Game looks like a fun platformer imo, I’m down for a Day 1 purchase. Keep up the good work


+ squishybot76 on June 7th, 2014 at 8:51 am said:

An open and honest developer about the process, a 3D platformer, gorgeous visuals, and a VITA game? You have my purchase.


+ TomatoDragon on June 7th, 2014 at 5:55 pm said:

Art style has me hooked. Can’t wait to see more.


+ KristopherAry on June 8th, 2014 at 7:49 am said:

for some reason this kind of reminds me of mr mosquito


+ Matrix_Lion on June 8th, 2014 at 11:22 am said:

This game has my attention.


+ Einhander138 on June 8th, 2014 at 3:25 pm said:

Physical media or no sale.


+ tusunami on June 9th, 2014 at 1:32 pm said:

This sounds like a interesting game that i will be looking for at E3 to see what its about. Its good to see more ps vita games coming out !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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