We all know that a project such as Sonic Mania would not have seen such success if it weren’t the talented developers like Christian Whitehead and Tom Fry who joined Sega in the creation of this love letter to retro 2D Sonic titles of the past.
Bringing back the tried and true formula from the Sega Genesis days, Sonic Mania revitalized our favorite blue hedgehog in more ways than one, and the people who helped to do this have actually formed up to start a brand new studio.
Called Evening Star, the game studio is headquartered in Los Angeles with operations in Melbourne and London whose mission is to –according to the official site – “design fresh, fun games that will stand the test of time.” The site continues with more info on their goals:
“For Evening Star, being a “boutique” game studio has a specific meaning. Every member pursues a goal to make their own great games. By encouraging strong technical foundations in every discipline, members are given a voice and latitude to impact games in unique ways.
By reinvigorating gaming history’s more cunning techniques, the team boldly explores directions long since left behind. With that driving approach, and a proprietary engine and tool set, Evening Star has developed an innovative workflow which minimizes the barriers between ideas and execution.”
Evening Star was incorporated in late 2018 and has Dave Padilla as CEO and Producer, Christian Whitehead as Creative Director and Lead Engine Architect, Tom Fry as Art Director, Hunter Bridges as Technical and Audio Director, and Brad Flick as Design Director.
Seeing as these people brought Sonic the Hedgehog back into the shiny spotlight with one of the highest rated Sonic games ever, it’s going to be very interesting to see what this team has in store for us in the future.
For more info on Evening Star, check out their official website right here.
Source: Game Informer