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Former WayForward Team Goes Solo With New Studio, Yacht Club Games

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Nintendo systems on the agenda

WayForward Technologies is a studio that, in the opinion of quite a few, has produced some top-notch titles on Nintendo platforms and earned a place as a trusted developer. It's interesting news, in that case, that a team of six from the developer has split off and launched its own studio — Yacht Club Games.

The developer has a stated goal of fusing new and retro sensibilities together, with its team members having worked on some popular WayForward projects over the years. Launched in 2011 but only just announced, we can apparently expect news of game projects soon; we've been told that there are plans to develop for Nintendo systems, in addition to smartphones.

The press release confirming the new studio is below.

Hello World!

It’s with great excitement that we announce the formation of Yacht Club Games: a proudly independent game developer started in 2011 by Sean Velasco and a crew from WayForward. We are a fun-loving bunch of gaming geniuses who have dedicated our lives to video games ever since we saw our first pixels. However, our serious and solemn goal is to make really awesome games that fuse modern and retro game philosophies, and we have the pedigree to prove it! Our team is comprised of top talent that has worked on some amazing titles, including Contra 4, A Boy and His Blob, Thor: God of Thunder, Mighty Milky Way, BloodRayne: Betrayal, and most recently, Double Dragon Neon.

So what are we all about? While our team is synonymous with retro revivals, we want to share our original brand of personality! We want to create fun and challenging gameplay with concise and polished mechanics. We want to both tug at your heartstrings and delight you with levity and charm. We want to make games that you play together with friends and family. Most of all, we want to give everyone the same collective types of game experiences that have defined our generation. It’s such an exciting time to be a fan of games; the industry is experiencing a renaissance and creativity is flourishing. We are so, so excited to develop games that we love, in hopes that you love them too. Let’s make a splash!

The Team
Yacht Club Games

Yacht Club Games can be found online at

We'll keep you posted with news of Yacht Club Games' projects as soon as they're announced.

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User Comments (19)



Geonjaha said:

" well as smartphones" Well, damn it. So close.
Also - Yacht Club Games? I thought these people were renowned for actually being original and innovative. Could have chosen a better name.



DePapier said:

I wish them the best in this new direction: the tone of their announcement seem to mask the fact that it is a huge undertaking.



WaveGhoul said:

What a terrible name....seriously? Yacht Club games? Sounds like something my grandpa would come up with.
And that Logo? Yeesh.



SparkOfSpirit said:

Those are some of WayForward's best games. I hope they'll be fine without these guys.

Still I'm eager to see what this team can do now.



DreamOn said:

Terrible terrible name. I was at a yacht club not long ago and it's nothing I want associated with playing games. But I will look out for what comes from these guys.



Oregano said:

I'm surprised there's plans to work on Nintendo systems actually. I would have figured they would have gone the pure mobile route or PS3/360.



PuzzleMaster7 said:

The second issue of Nintendo Force is going to include an interview with Sean Velasco, the Captain behind Yacht Clubs Games, in case anybody wants to learn more about them. During the interview, he will also give be giving out the first look at Yacht Club's first game.



Dpishere said:

Hopefully their games will turn out to be good though I am curious as to why they split apart in the first place.



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