Sudden Event Studios, LLC.
Based in Erie, PA
Whitethorn Digital (official website)
BOMBFEST is a 4 player party game that features blocks, toys, bombs, and explosions. It’s like sumo wrestling with explosive! The last player standing earns the most points, and the player with the most points at the end wins!
BOMBFEST’s first incarnation was created in early 2015. Zac Pierce envisioned a medieval-inspired, co-op adventure for 4 players. Back in those days, players could swing swords and shoot arrows, and bombs were an afterthought. This game was simple and enjoyable, but it was never exactly what Zac wanted.
BOMBFEST, then titled Well-Wishes, was shown to a panel of judges at OGDE 2015 (now GDEX). The competition was to pitch a title or potential title for the chance at winning a Unity 5 license. BOMBFEST, then titled “Well-Wishes”, got one resounding piece of feedback: the bombs were really fun. Zac was awarded with the Unity license and was spurred to create an even better game.
BOMBFEST was born in the winter of 2015 and has been in active development ever since. It was featured at GDEX 2016 and won the Accessibility, Crowd Favorite, and Best In Show awards that year. (The team would later win Crowd Favorite the following year, as well!) Since then, the BOMBFEST team has grown to feature the talents of Marisa Hike and contractors like Matthew Trowbridge, Jennifer Virnelson, and Brian Freeland.
In 2018, Zac officially partnered with Whitethorn Digital as a publisher to bring BOMBFEST to consoles. In the same year, Sudden Event Studios was formed. Whitethorn and Sudden Event spent months working on certifying the game for consoles and hosting not one, but two KickStarters. While the first Kickstarter fell short of its goal, the team was undeterred, and a month later launched what would become a successful Kickstarter to raise funding for marketing the game.
BOMBFEST was officially released on January 31st for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC through Steam.
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2/2/19: PSLS, James Kozanitis – “Bombfest Review – Fall Down and Go Boom (PS4)”
1/28/19: PSU, Eric Hauter – “Inside An Indie: BOMBFEST’s Zac Pierce Pushes Across The Finish Line”
1/24/19: pixelkin, Eric Watson – “THE 20 MOST EXCITING INDIE GAMES FROM PAX SOUTH 2019”
1/11/19: IFGN, Ivan Terziev – “You’ll Have a Blast With BOMBFEST”
1/8/19: Games Hedge, Umair Khalid – “Preview: BOMBFEST – A Highly Addictive Explosive Game Coming Out in Early 2019”
9/29/18: Gaming Nexus, Eric Hauter – “LIve from GDEX – Blow up your friends in Bombfest” [sic]