Introducing: Sawfly Studios
Team of seasoned game developers bands together to start a brand new adventure in Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England – January, 2013 – This is the official announcement of the birth of Sawfly Studios, a brand new game development studio based in the UK.
Sawfly Studios formed when four seasoned developers from Sony's Studio Liverpool decided to take charge of their destinies when the studio closed its doors last year. Studio Liverpool's principle designers Mike Humphrey and Karl Jones joined forces with lead programmer Andrew Jones, and veteran artist Jon Eggelton.
“As soon as news went out about the studio closure we were all approached by large developers regarding new jobs,” says Sawfly Managing Director Mike Humphrey. “To be honest, our first instinct was to take positions with those relatively secure companies. However, the more we thought about it the more we realised that we had something more to contribute to the games industry. We knew that the only way to make our own games, exactly the way we wanted to make them, was to start our own studio. At Sawfly we want to create amazing and memorable gameplay experiences under our own terms, so that's exactly what we're doing."
Together, this team has accumulated over 50 years of experience working in senior roles on some of Sony’s best-selling game franchises including Wipeout, Motorstorm and Formula 1. Working for companies like Sony, Bizarre Creations, Warner Brothers and Evolution Studios has given them a wealth of experience of delivering high profile and well regarded games.
Sawfly have already started pitching their own IP, something that the team had a lot of experience with while working internally for Sony, but are also taking on contracts for other companies. Karl Jones, Sawfly's Design Director says: “Pitching your own ideas is great and extremely satisfying, but we were keen to hit the ground running. Early on we secured work by signing production deals with a couple of different companies, which we are extremely happy about. We expect details of those to be announced in due course.”
Sawfly Studios are currently housed in the office of Catalyst, a game production service company. Catalyst’s Production Director Ivan Davies offered: “It's great to see such a well rounded new team start up here in Liverpool. The guys are extremely driven, talented and passionate about games. We're proud to be able to give them space to get started, and we're more than happy to recommend them to our extensive list of clients. We're all looking forward to their future success.”
Sawfly are just finishing up on their first title now, for local indie publisher Ripstone. Details of the game will be released soon, but for now all they can say is that it's really cheeky, irreverent and a hell of a lot of fun.
As for the future, the team hope to grow the studio slowly, only taking on the very best developers, and working towards creating truly memorable gaming experiences. “We take a lot of inspiration from games like That Game Company's Journey, and Playdead's Limbo,” says Jon Eggelton, the company's Art Director. “Each of us had personal and compelling experiences with those games and those are the kind of experiences that we want to create ourselves. We don't want to tick boxes just to get something out the door."
About Sawfly Studios
Sawfly Studios are a brand new game development studio, based in the UK. They were formed by 4 co-founders who all have a proven track record of developing high quality and commercially successful video games. Collectively they have a passion for the creative and technical process of games development and developing compelling gameplay experiences.
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