Ex-Blizzard Dev: ‘Working at a big studio can be very comforting’

Thanks to the success of modern digital distribution systems and mobile formats it seems like every developer and their dog is going indie these days. After a few years doing the rounds at one high profile developer or another it’s time to go it alone. […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageThanks to the success of modern digital distribution systems and mobile formats it seems like every developer and their dog is going indie these days. After a few years doing the rounds at one high profile developer or another it’s time to go it alone. Some inevitably fall at the first hurdle; others however, have more confidence in their ability to turn out a quality product.

“It’s become a whole lot more stressful, that’s for sure.” States Tyler Hunter, former Senior Cinematic Artist at Blizzard Entertainment. “ Working at a big studio can be very comforting, especially when you’ve been there as long as I was. I think that lack of security and the knowledge that your savings are now on the line, it’sElectronic Theatre Image a bit of a wake up call. So you begin to do things like working on holidays, and groan when you lose an afternoon for a dentist appointment.”

Hunter is frank and open about his transition from payroll to indie developer, and as the founder of LifeSpark Entertainment is quick to acknowledge that the transition hasn’t been easy. Working on the studio’s debut project, Rack N Ruin, Hunter has already discovered a few pitfalls on the road to success.

“It certainly forces you to flex all of your muscles. I’ve been editing videos, writing, making websites, doing sound design, design levels, game design, Electronic Theatre Imageprogramming, art, 2D animation, and so forth. When you have 3+ man team, everyone suddenly finds themselves being forced into a jack of all trades position,” adds Hunter.

LifeSpark Entertainment’s first project, Rack N Ruin, isn’t set for release until 2014 and yet is already beginning to amass significant attention from the gaming public. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on Rack N Ruin and a full question and answer (Q&A) session with Hunter.

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