Pixar artists fire up Steel Wool Games

Pixar artists fire up Steel Wool Games
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

March 19th 2013 at 6:57AM

Crew of five reveals first game, Flyhunter, due 2013

A team of five artists from renowned animation studio Pixar have formed a game studio.

Steel Wool Games was founded in 2011, but only recently began spreading the word that its first game, Flyhunter, is to be released in 2013.

Sequoia Blankenship, Andrew Dayton, Jonathan Hoffman, Joshua Qualtieri and Jason Topolski have over 60 years of experience at Pixar between them, and have worked on films like Brave, The Incredibles, and Toy Story.

They hope to push the limits of game animation in the same way Pixar redefined what computer animation could do for films.

That said, Dayton told Edge that his team will be taking a slightly darker tone than they had while making movies.

“We have an internal phrase that we use to describe our style: ‘Grimsical’", he said.

"It’s our fundamental principle as a company. We create worlds that are funny and whimsical but dipped in gritty tones.”

Flyhunter will appear this summer and is being published by Ripstone.