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Flyhunter Origins Buzzes Onto PS Vita Soon

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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 said:

June 6th, 10:51 am

Pics look good.

Lets hear more :)

GeoDarky said:

June 6th, 11:03 am

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

syzygyC said:

June 6th, 11:05 am

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

xClayMeow said:

June 6th, 11:05 am

Gameplay trailer please!

mvillatoro said:

June 6th, 11:11 am

good good thanks for more games

Elvick_ said:

June 6th, 11:24 am

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

remanutd5 said:

June 6th, 11:25 am

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

CrzyGun said:

June 6th, 11:35 am

I certainly will be checking your game out next week!

RE_Player said:

June 6th, 12:25 pm

On my radar now. It looks great.

tonezone said:

June 6th, 1:55 pm

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 said:

June 6th, 4:16 pm

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 said:

June 6th, 7:55 pm


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

Cant wait to see more

dkarlowicz10 said:

June 6th, 8:15 pm

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

Rainwater said:

June 7th, 4:25 am

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

da1true-king21 said:

June 7th, 6:33 am

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 said:

June 7th, 8:51 am

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

TomatoDragon said:

June 7th, 5:55 pm

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

KristopherAry said:

June 8th, 7:49 am

for some reason this kind of reminds me of mr mosquito

Matrix_Lion said:

June 8th, 11:22 am

This game has my attention.

Einhander138 said:

June 8th, 3:25 pm

Physical media or no sale.

tusunami said:

June 9th, 1:32 pm

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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