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Stray Bombay is a new studio in Seattle made up of industry vets making cooperative games. Led by Valve alum Chet Faliszek, the studio’s goal is to create games that better reflect players’ desires for social experiences.
Released in January, The Anacrusis is a four-player, cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a massive starship stranded at the edge of explored space. From Stray Bombay, “Team up with your friends in an infinitely-replayable fight against alien hordes to unlock perks, weapons, and new ways to play that you can share with your team!”
When Stray Bombay first started out they had the impressive goal of shipping a game with crossplay on five client platforms with a team of only a handful of engineers.
In order to achieve their goal for The Anacrusis Stray Bombay needed a backend. Challenges included:
Beyond their launch, Stray Bombay has big aspirations, with an aggressive content plan spanning multiple seasons of content, building a matchmaking framework based on player compatibility instead of skill, adding deep support for user-created mods, and lots more.
“When we started prototyping The Anacrusis we knew that seamless multiplayer had to be a priority. But it would have taken a massive investment in backend engineers to implement and maintain ourselves. Finding a backend partner made more sense for our small indie team. AccelByte brings high level services down to the indie level, allowing us to offer the Triple-A experience that players have come to expect from live service games built by much larger teams. Their willingness to proactively dedicate resources to helping us hit our aggressive schedule lets Stray Bombay punch far above our weight.” - Chet Faliszek, CEO and Co-Founder of Stray Bombay
AccelByte provides Stray Bombay with:
After implementing AccelByte’s services, Stray Bombay has:
“AccelByte has been instrumental in helping us get The Anacrusis ready to ship. With multiple server options available, we have a high degree of confidence about our ability to scale through launch and beyond.” - Chet Faliszek, CEO and Co-Founder of Stray Bombay
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