• 31Oct

    Spry Fox is joining Netflix!

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    Not going to bury the lede: It’s our great pleasure to announce that Spry Fox is joining Netflix, where we will become the sixth in-house games studio!

    What does this mean for Spry Fox? It means:

    • We can continue making the games that we were already making and wanted to make, but with more support and resources to make those games better and bring them to more people around the world.
    • We can stop stressing about how our games generate profit on our games and instead focus exclusively on making them as enjoyable and fulfilling to our players as possible.
    • We can collaborate with other creative people within Netflix to hopefully get better at what we do and how we do it.

    And what does this mean for our existing games? They’ll remain downloadable and available in their current forms on their current platforms. What about development efforts on new games? Everyone at Spry Fox was already focused on making Cozy Grove 2 as well as a larger, non-violent MMO that we still haven’t revealed much about publicly, and that is still the case. So there’s no change in our current development efforts.

    Real talk: we’ve been at this for almost 13 years. It’s been exhilarating, humbling, endlessly interesting and often challenging. We’ve always known that above all else, we wanted our games to bring people happiness. But in other ways, it feels like we only recently figured out what “we want to be when we grow up.” What has become clear over the course of all of our adventures: We are a studio that builds original, world-class cozy games. Especially games that bring people together. And we are confident that Netflix is going to help us do that.

    Thank you to everyone – our fans, our partners, and especially every single one of our past and present team members – who helped us reach this milestone. We remain ever grateful.

    Love,
    All the Spry Foxes

  • 13Sep

    NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

    Spry Fox is looking for a skilled 2d game artist to help us bring to life the sequel to our hand-drawn lifesim game Cozy Grove! We are looking for an artist who brings passionate and thoughtful opinions about the lifesim genre with a body of work that showcases advanced drawing skills and all tastes cute, cozy, and chonky, particularly in isometric perspective. We currently expect that we need at least 6-9 months of your time, possibly more.

    Responsibilities

    • Creating 2d game art assets such as clothing, decorations, resources and materials, environmental assets, icons, and marketing assets, etc.
    • Adhering to stylistic guidance and working with other disciplines to find creative solutions to systemic design constraints
    • Following workflow and file organization conventions while creating assets
    • Working with producers to track tasks, help scope future work and balance your workload
    • Communicating decisions and tradeoffs to the rest of the team
    • Proactively soliciting and incorporating artistic and design feedback
    • Implementing art in Unity following documented pipeline
    • Assisting with improving and updating the asset production pipeline and maintaining documentation

    Qualifications

    • A portfolio with a few samples demonstrating a strong command of bold linework in isometric perspective and color theory.
    • Must be proficient in Photoshop. (Our pipeline uses Photoshop scripts, so the bulk of production art will be created in Photoshop.)

    Desirable additional skills

    • Familiarity with Spine rigging and animation is a plus, but not required
    • Experience using Unity is a plus, but not required
    • Experience using Github and\or a Git client such as Fork or Sourcetree is a plus, but not required.

    What are we offering?

    • Any necessary software licenses
    • Interesting, highly original work in a small, very supportive, and friendly team

    We love to see candidates from under-represented backgrounds. If you think you might fit our needs but aren’t sure, please, don’t hold back! Send us your resume. The absolute worst that could happen is that we’ll receive your email with gratitude and let you know that while this opportunity might not be the best fit for you, others we’ll have in the future could be. Best case, you’ve got yourself a new job with people who are psyched that you took a chance on us. 🙂

    Please send your full resume, portfolio, references, and anything else you think we should see to jobs@spryfox.com.

    Selected candidates will be contracted for a fully paid art test.

    What’s it like working for Spry Fox?

    We strive to be a company that is a pleasure to work for. We hope to be an important but not dominating part of your life. We want you to have friends, family, hobbies, and a life outside of work. We want you to love your colleagues and know that they support you 100%. We want you to be proud of what you do and how you do it.

    We make highly original games. Invention is part of our DNA. You’ll be working on designs that often don’t fit in a comfy genre box.

    We’re fully remote, which means you have the flexibility to work from wherever you like, and in whatever configuration you’d like.

    Spry Fox recognizes that crunch is a negative and counter-productive practice in our industry. Avoiding crunch is a formal and core policy within our company.

  • 09Jun

    We’re making Cozy Grove 2!

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    Hi Scouts! As most of you know, it’s been over a year since we first launched Cozy Grove. Since that time, we’ve released dozens of minor updates as well as four major updates, all of which were free, not including the recent New Neighbears DLC which we also released. It would take dozens of pages to summarize all the changes and improvements in those free updates, but here’s a brief summary of some of the bigger items:

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  • 06Mar

    NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

    We’re looking for a writer who will work alongside our studio’s leadership to flesh out the narrative and write the characters for one of our upcoming nonviolent games. Like Cozy Grove, the story of this new game will be a critical part of what makes it memorable and impactful. And like Cozy Grove, this game will serve a wide audience that includes adults of all ages, and our narrative will not shy away from challenging topics.

    For this position, we are requiring that candidates have written for at least one shipped, commercial video game or tabletop game, and preferably more. This is not a junior position.

    We welcome candidates from anywhere in the Americas, Europe and Africa (timezone-wise, these locations have proven workable for our studio in the past.) Please note that our studio’s “core hours” are 10am to 2pm Pacific Time, so if you’re based in Europe or Africa, working for several hours during your evening will be a requirement of this position.

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  • 21Feb

    NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

    We’re looking for a designer to help lead the team working on one of our original, cozy games. As a Game Designer at Spry Fox, you will plan, design, iterate and improve the player experience in our games. You’ll create new non-violent activities, events, quests, narrative moments and joyful secrets. You’ll plan new updates and help set the vision for the player’s long-term journey.

    For this position, we are requiring 4+ years of professional game design work experience on at least 1 commercially-shipped title. This is not a junior position.

    We welcome candidates from anywhere in the Americas, Europe and Africa (timezone-wise, these locations have proven workable for our studio in the past.)

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  • 22Nov

    We’re Hiring: 3D Environment Artist

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    NOTE: This position has been filled. We are no longer hiring.

    We’re looking for a Environment Artist who can create vibrant and clean environment assets for a 3rd person, non-violent MMO. You’ll be responsible for creating models and materials for props, buildings, and world assets.

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    Responsibilities:

    • Authoring high quality, appealing environment models for use in a procedurally generated and modularly built world
    • Collaborating with Art Direction to work on cel-shaded, non-PBR assets. A willingness to work with texturing techniques not standard to the industry
    • Implementing your assets into UE4
    • Working with Art Lead to help identify necessary workflow and pipeline improvements
    • Working with designers and developers on a small team to make sure a breadth of content is optimized for performance on multiple platforms
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  • 21Sep

    We’re Hiring! 3D Character Artist

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    NOTE: This position has been filled. We are no longer hiring.

    We’re looking for a Character Artist who can create vibrant and clean character assets for a 3rd person, non-violent MMO. You’ll be responsible for creating models and materials for player characters, their clothing, wildlife, and creatures for a pro-social, stylized, multiplayer game.

    Responsibilities:

    • Authoring character models for customizable avatars, clothing, NPCs, and creatures both mundane and imaginative
    • Collaborating with Art Direction to work on cel-shaded, non-PBR assets.
    • Implementing your asset into UE4.
    • Working with Art Lead to help identify necessary workflow and pipeline improvements.
    • Working with Animators and developers on a relatively small team (for an MMO) to make sure that content is optimized for performance on multiple platforms.
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  • 20Apr

    We’re hiring! Shader Technical Artist

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    We’re looking for a highly skilled Unreal Shader Technical Artist that can bridge the gap between Art and Engineering. This is a key role in developing the unique artistic style of our game. Extensive knowledge of shading, lighting, rendering, and post processing is required, as well as a strong understanding of the 3D-graphics pipeline and a keen eye for aesthetics and best art practices.

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  • 02Feb


    Spry Fox is looking for a 3D Art Lead to help us work on a new, original game — a stylized, joyful and non-violent MMO project!

    Our 3d Art Lead will be a key role, bridging the gap between Engineering, Design and Art. We are looking for a talented, multi-disciplinary 3d artist who loves to dive into the organizational and technical side of things, and strives to find systemic and scalable solutions to keep the team moving. You will establish and maintain our art pipelines and processes while helping drive key visuals in the game. You will need to be very comfortable with all the technical and creative aspects of art production.

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  • 04Aug

    If you’ve ever wondered who Spry Fox is, why we do what we do, and what inspired us to make Steambirds Alliance, there is a delightful (short) documentary video you can now watch on that very subject. 🙂

    By the way, if you like this video, the wonderful person who made it – Russ Pitts – is doing a Kickstarter to fund more videos of this sort! Please consider supporting Russ, he’s a real treasure.

  • 11May

    We’re very pleased to announce the worldwide launch of Bushido Bear, our new action game for iPhones & iPads and Android devices! Don’t be fooled by its adorable appearance… Bushido Bear is a very challenging arcade game that will take many hours of play to master. 🙂

    In Bushido Bear, you play as the guardian of a forest that is being invaded by evil creatures, spirits and demons. You can collect additional guardians, each of whom has unique characteristics and abilities.

    For example, Lone Cub is a tiny bear who easily dodges enemies but is slower than normal; he rains arrows down on his enemies when he makes a combo. Neo Bear is larger, speedier, and capable of slowing down time as he plans his maneuvers. And Chef Bear… well, let’s just say that he enjoys making sushi.

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    We could say more, but we’d rather you just played the game!! We really hope you like it.

    <3

    The Spry Foxes

  • 15Sep

    Hi folks! We’re pleased to announce the first major FREE update to Road Not Taken! Today’s Steam update includes:

    • New “just for fun” Timed Mode: try to rescue all the kids within four minutes! You lose time whenever you take damage, and you add time to the clock whenever you eat food and rescue children. Timed Mode has no impact on your career, so it’s a great way to enjoy Road Not Taken for a few minutes with limited stress. 🙂
    • New creatures: the Forest Kraken and the Golem (and for those who haven’t yet noticed it in our previous micro-update, the Ninja Bear!) These guys add a little spice to the early years of your career!
    • “Easier” mode and hard mode: In our previous micro-update, we split the game into two modes, Normal and Hard. “Hard” is basically our original gameplay mode with a few tweaks; “Normal” is more generous with energy and had less crowded rooms, among other changes. Checkpoints are also less punishing to use now. We’ve done more work in this update and now consider these features “complete!” This should make the game much more accessible to new users.
    • Mod support!: Now you can edit everything about the game, including the properties of objects and levels, make your own hand-crafted puzzle rooms and more, and share your work with your friends! Running a mod will prevent your game from uploading scores to the leaderboards (to keep them pure/fair.) Also, please note that using mods is something you do at your own risk! We’re a very small studio and can’t be expected to prevent or to fix every issue that could arise in the zillions of possible mods that can be created. We’re excited to see those zillions of possibilities emerge though. 🙂 Detailed instructions on how to use and create mods can be found here.

    These changes (except mod support, sorry!) are coming to the PS4 for free as well as soon as they clear QA and certification! It’ll be a few weeks, but it’s definitely coming. 🙂

  • 25Aug

    Hey folks – I’m pleased to reveal the teaser trailer for Free-Range Dragons, an original action game that we’ve had a small team quietly prototyping for the past year while we were putting the finishing touches on Road Not Taken. 🙂

    Free-Range Dragons is all about the joy of movement. We’ve spent a ton of time experimenting with and refining the mechanics of flight in this game, as well as the mechanics of chasing and being chased by wild dragons. Your dragon can loft itself into the air slowly, or use the terrain to send itself rocketing. You have a flaming dash maneuver that can be used as both an attack and a tool for altering your trajectory. We’re still experimenting with a variety of additional attacks and powerups, like fireballs, flame breath, lassoing, and more.

    If you’d like to stay up to date on the ongoing development of Free-Range Dragons, just keep your eye on this blog, follow us on Twitter @spryfox, or sign up for our email newsletter!

    And if you’re attending PAX Prime in a few days, stop by our booth and check out Free-Range Dragons in person! 🙂 We’re booth #135.