A VR Climbing Game Like No Other
Based in Albany, NY
Don’t Look Down
The robot you created has betrayed you and taken over your fortress at the summit of a mountain. In order to stop his evil plan, you need to overcome the traps and enemies that GearHeart has placed in your path. Can you make it to the top and save the world?
Catapult Games is an independent game studio with 4 full-time developers. They are focused on the incredibly immersive potential of virtual reality. Their first release is Don’t Look Down, a VR game that has you battling robots as you climb and fling your way up a mountain.
Catapult Games was founded in 2017 by Chris Caulfield and Dane Jennings, after they graduated with their respective degrees in Computer Science and Political Science. They decided to team up to work on a VR game after experiencing the magic of VR when Chris got a PSVR for Christmas in 2016. It was apparent to them that virtual reality was going to change the world and they would have to act fast in order to be on the cutting edge of this emerging technology.
They began by getting a crash course in start-up operations at the IgniteU accelerator in Troy, NY. By the end of IgniteU, Catapult Games was an incorporated studio with a working prototype of their VR climbing game.
With Chris handling the coding and level design and Dane crafting the business and marketing plans, the guys decided they needed to hire an artist. When their lead advisor, Sebastian had run a VR hardware company called Ilium VR, he worked with a talented 3D artist named Kolel. They set up the interview with Kolel and had him onboard in no time. With the artistic vision of Kolel, the game began to look more professional. When they pushed an update to Itch.io that included the new environmental design, they saw their game shoot up in the rankings of the most popular VR games.
Don’t Look Down is going to release in April 2019 on Steam and Oculus Store, playable on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The game has 4 distinct zones: earth, ice, lava, and tech. Each zone will have 7-8 levels that explore new challenges and skills. After the initial release, the team will continue working on porting the game to PSVR and Oculus Quest. Then you can keep your eyes open for the next game!
Redefining the Cutting Edge of VR
With a small team that is focused on developing the incredibly immersive, accessible, and fun virtual reality content, Catapult Games is poised for success.
In the last year since the studio was founded, Catapult Games:
- Was featured in a Spectrum News Story
- Was interviewed by Game Launch
- Presented at The Business of Digital Games
- Showcased at NYVR, Boston VR, Boston New Tech, and others