Factsheet

Developer:
Sabotage Studio
Based in Quebec City, QC, Canada

Founding date:
April 2016

Website:
https://sabotagestudio.com

Press / Business contact:
thierry@sabotagestudio.com

Social:
Discord
Twitter
Facebook
Twitch
Youtube
Instagram
Steam

Games:
The Messenger (2018)
The Messenger - Picnic Panic (Free DLC) (2019)

Address:
633 Rue Saint-Joseph Est
Bureau 200
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
G1K 3C1

Phone:
1-418-880-0140

Description

We are an indie studio from Quebec City that makes retro-inspired games.

History

Early history

After spending a year working evenings and weekends to prototype The Messenger, Sabotage was founded in April 2016. Over the next two years, the team went from three to ten people, all gathering around the idea of creating modern games that encapsulate what made retro titles so compelling. The Messenger was released in August 2018, published by Devolver Digital, and was critically acclaimed, earning many accolades and awards, including a prestigious Game Award for Best Debut Indie Title.

After that

Our team is composed of 16 self-driven artisans who seek to be unleashed rather than controlled. Even though the vision for each game is clearly defined, everyone is given the tools and encouragement to express themselves in bringing everything they want both to the company’s culture and to our games.

Games


Videos

Behind the Schemes: The Messenger YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Winner of the Game Award for Best Debut Indie Game of 2018" - Los Angeles, December 6, 2018
  • "Winner of the E3 2018 Dualshockers Best Indie Game Award" - Los Angeles, June 14, 2018
  • "Winner of the E3 2018 CG Magazine Best of Show Award" - Los Angeles, June 14, 2018
  • "Winner of the E3 2018 PS Nation Best of Show Award" - Los Angeles, June 14, 2018
  • "Winner of the E3 2018 Shacknews Best Breakthrough Indie Award" - Los Angeles, June 14, 2018
  • "Winner of the GDC Best of The MIX 2018 Award" - Los Angeles, March 21, 2018
  • "Grand Prize Winner of the Ubisoft Indie Series 2018 Award" - Montreal, March 15, 2018
  • "Winner of the Montreal Independent Games Festival Gameplay Design Award" - Montreal, November 19, 2017
  • "Winner of the Montreal Independent Games Festival Music composition Award" - Montreal, November 19, 2017
  • "Winner of the NUMIX Award for most promising Startup in the Indie Games category." - Montreal, May 5, 2016

Selected Articles

  • "The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games"
    - Mike Williams, US Gamer
  • "I can't remember being this excited about an indie platformer since Shovel Knight."
    - Rich Meister, Destructoid
  • "Le top 10 des meilleurs jeux vidéo auxquels Pixels a pu jouer à l’E3, le salon de Los Angeles"
    - Corentin Lamy, LeMonde.fr
  • "The Messenger Could be the Next Shovel Knight"
    - Kat Bailey, US Gamer
  • "The Messenger stands apart from decades of Ninja Gaiden wannabes by presenting players with the tightest controls I've ever encountered in a game of this style."
    - Jeremy Parish, Polygon
  • "Tight controls define this retro homage to Ninja Gaiden"
    - Ethan Gach, Kotaku
  • "De quoi faire saliver tous les nostalgiques du genre"
    - Paul Blais et Charles Prémont, voir.ca

Team & Repeating Collaborator

Thierry Boulanger | Co-Founder
Creative Director

Martin Brouard | Co-Founder
Admin + Business relations

Philip Barclay
Executive Producer | Partner

Philippe Dionne
Level Designer

Sylvain Cloutier
Programmer

Frédérik Rodrigue
Programmer

Jeakim Hamel
Technical Artist

Pier-Luc Girard
Programmer

Jean-Bernard Filion
Graphic and UX Designer

Ricardo Bourgouin-Beaulieu
Programmer

Michaël Lavoie
Level Artist

Jean-Luc Savard
Character Artist

Savannah Perron
Character Artist

Édouard Diamant-Robert
Animator

Eric W. Brown
Composer

Carl Dubreuil
Quality Assurance


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