Jeg fandt en fornøjelig og nostalgisk oplevelse i Sonic Mania, da det udkom tilbage i august 2017. Derfor glæder det mig at finde ud af, at flere af udviklerne fra det projekt, er gået sammen om at starte sit eget studie.

Evening Star er navnet på det nye udviklerhus, og beskrivelsen på studiets hjemmeside vidner om masser af selvtillid:

Evening Star is a boutique game studio founded in late 2018. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with operations in Melbourne and London, Evening Star’s mission is designing fresh, fun games which will stand the test of time.

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.

Creating games that shine bright… Evening Star casts a light into the future.

Et af de navne som man måske genkender, er den primære drivkraft bag Sonic Mania, Christian Whitehead. Han har allieret sig med flere Mania-folk, i form af Dave Padilla (producer), Tom Fry (art director), Hunter Bridges (technical and audio director) og Brad Flick (design director).

Med den kærlighed til retrospil der unægteligt manifesterede sig i Sonic Mania, skal det blive spændende at se hvilke originale IP’er det nye studie vil berige os med.