Pixar artists form game studio

Five veterans of Oscar-winning animation studio create Steel Wool Games; first title Flyhunter expected to release this summer.

A handful of artists at Disney's Oscar-winning animation studio Pixar who worked on movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo have created a game studio called Steel Wool Games (via Edge).

Cofounders Sequoia Blankenship, Joshua Qualtieri, Jonathan Hoffman, Andrew Lee Dayton, and Jason Peter Topolski make up the Steel Wool Games executive team. The studio counts nine additional employees, according to its website.

The five current Pixar artists have not left the award-winning animation studio, but rather are holding both jobs: creating movies during the day and games at night.

Steel Wool Games is aiming to release its first title--Flyhunter--this summer. Platforms were not specifically mentioned, though the company said it plans to develop multi-platform games.

Dayton described the studio's style to Edge as "Grimsical," noting the company's ambition to to "create worlds that are funny and whimsical but dipped in gritty tones."

Flyhunter will be published by Ripstone, the studio behind PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game Big Sky Infinity, among others.

As for Pixar, the outfit is currently working on films Monster's University, The Good Dinosaur, and a Finding Nemo sequel.

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