Malin Hedström
We proudly bring back GAUNTLET!

All the latest news heard about Arrowhead has been of our upcoming game Helldivers with Sony, but today we are thrilled to finally announce our other project together with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

We give you GAUNTLET, our completely modernized take on the much loved classic arcade game originally made by Atari Games.


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Johan Pilestedt
Our new game: HELLDIVERS!

You may know Arrowhead Game Studios from our previous games like Magicka and today we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Sony Computer Entertainment and Foster City Studios to create our next game!

So, for all of you out there, both new fans and old, I give you HELLDIVERS. Built for both single-player campaigns and up to four player co-op missions, HELLDIVERS is a topdown shooter set in a satirical and dystopian future where mankind is ruled by a managed democracy.

HELLDIVERS PS3 3-Dawn Attack

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Therese Jansson
Lunch game #1 – Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe

This is meant as the first post of many on games that are played during lunches here at Arrowhead Game Studios.

What do you do when you have some spare time to relax during lunch?

Most of us here at Arrowhead either catch up on YouTube clips or play games, and since yesterday you’ve been able to hear the tunes from Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe coming out of the relaxation area here at the office. It’s often followed by screams of delight or raging curses…

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Axel Lindberg
1, 2, 3, BOOKS!


My title here at Arrowhead is that of “Producer”. Basically, one could say my job is keeping track of plans, talking to publishers, making sure commitments we make are delivered upon, and making sure the talented people here at Arrowhead Game Studios are motivated, happy, and badass.

My name is Axel Lindberg and I am going to use this opportunity for intra-web-tacular exposure to share with you, a list of three kick-ass books on the topics of human behavior and leadership…

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Niklas Malmborg
The perfect scene

You’ve probably seen hundreds of scenes in movies where the hero, the animal, or the monster does some really advanced manouver and pulls it off perfectly… almost too perfectly

In some scenes you really see how the director took 80 shots of that scene to get it just right, but if it takes 80 shots to get it right, maybe it shouldn’t be just right, maybe the hero should have slipped, or fucked up that jump.

For instance, how often does a person stumble randomly in movies, or hit his head on a lamp or get distracted by something that wasn’t of interest to the plot of the movie? Not often… but these things happen all the time in real life.

It gets even more obvious in animated movies, where the chaos factor of our daily movement isn’t directed or thought about.

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Calle Winberg
The making of game art

Working as an artist at a game studio often requires more from you than drawing a pretty picture or making sprites in Photoshop once in a while since a lot of games these days are in 3d.

For a lot of people, making 3d objects for games and films is pretty hard to wrap your head around and it is also very hard to explain to people how it works, as Rob wrote in a previous post about Visual effects for games. (So how do you paint smoke?)
With this post, I’m going to try and cover another part of game graphics and hopefully straighten out a few question marks around the modelling of a 3d object.
With a few steps and images, I will show you the making of this car!

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Mikael Bauer
Turn it up to 11!

Proper volume

So it’s my turn to post something nifty on the blog and as usual the preparations have been perfect. Initially I had an idea of writing something cool about a new tech or a fancy implementation (I’m a programmer after all) but then life happened and time ran short. So I’m going to write a bit about my main hobby interest (besides from hanging around Plattan), which is to make noise in a somewhat rhythmic pattern.

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Therese Jansson
Working at Arrowhead (from an artist’s point of view)

I often get the question; “What’s it like working at Arrowhead?”

Now I know that I can only talk about this from my own point of view as an artist, but I think that some of my coworkers would agree on the answer I have for that question.

The usual and very short answer would be “Awesome!”, “Great!” or “I love it!”. But that would not make much of a blog post so I’ll try to give a more in depth description below.

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Kalle Sjöström
A New Hope

In October last year, me and Peter began having nightmares about the foundation which The Showdown Effect code was written upon. This all started when the authors of it had left the building and the one who could see through all the fog was shot in the crotch by our lead artist and we never saw him again… This gave us massive aneurisms when we began implementing hot join in The Showdown Effect.

During the gaps of rage and despair, we began thinking and discussing ways we would write our own foundation for future projects (assuming that we would still use the Bitsquid engine). We dreamt of structure and rules, nicely ordered messages, separated data and event replication, basically adopting fascism. During evenings and weekends we began hacking away, building our new hope; The Arrowhead Code Foundation.

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Rob Tatnell
So how do you paint smoke?

It’s that situation again. I’m sat chatting to someone completely new, who doesn’t “get” video games and I have to explain to them what my job involves. It’s a bit better I think for environment or character artists, and perhaps even animators; but explaining how visual FX work, and what they are, is often a bit tricky.

Below is a slightly more in-depth description, as I’m assuming if you’re reading this post, you “get” video games. Hopefully by the end of it you won’t have that glassy-distant stare of someone who’s stopped listening about two words after I started speaking…
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