- Hothead Games Director of Game Technology Joel DeYoung
has made available a PSN launch trailer video today on Swarm which is hitting PlayStation Network soon.
To quote: We're super excited that Swarm
is finally about to be released on PlayStation Network. The genesis of the original idea for the game stretches all the way back to 2006, shortly after we started Hothead.
There was an indie video game developer contest we wanted to enter, so we brainstormed a ton of ideas on what to submit. Dr. Mike Hayward
, Hothead's resident Ph.D., brought forward a concept based on his doctoral research in artificial life.
He called it Swarm and it had plenty of science cred. We thought this was our contest winner, so we came up with a cute adorable character to go with his tech, the swarmite
, and got to work on a prototype.
In the end we did very well in that contest, placing in the final four, winning the people's choice vote, and garnering $300,000 in winnings. Every time we wore a Swarm t-shirt in public, invariably someone would ask us about the character. People really seemed to like it. So we knew we were onto something. We just had one problem: what we created wasn't really a game.