Video Game Industry Veteran Tony Barnes Opens Independent Game Studio in Southern California

For Immediate Release:

June 5, 2020 – Industry veteran and Jerry Lawson Lifetime Achievement Award winner; Tony Barnes, designer of the iconic Strike Series and countless other influential titles, both retro and modern, announces a new game studio, RetroNinja.

“RetroNinja has really been a long time coming,” says Barnes. “I grew up loving action / arcade / adventure games. Those are the types of games I enjoy playing and those are the types of games I enjoy making.”

With one of his early successful titles, The Strike Series, he helped create one of the first open-ended, multi-directional shooters, a process that was refined through several successful sequels. Most recently, his work can be seen in the intensity of Medal of Honor 2010 and the rapid-fire carnage of Strider 2014.

One of the first Black game designers and creators in the games industry, Barnes has been instrumental in leading and maintaining multi-million unit selling franchises, over an extensive and storied career, spanning more than 35 years.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work on and create dozens of exciting titles, but they’ve always been other people’s properties. It’s really time I make something that represents me, something that’s laser-focused on giving players visceral action experiences, versus something watered down to appeal to the broadest market. Something that contains content that may be shied away from, with larger companies. It’s very exciting to me.”

The studio is already working on the first of several titles.

More information can be found at the RetroNinja website and social media outlets, here:

Site: https://www.retroninja.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RetroNinja5
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RetroNinjaGames/

About RetroNinja Inc.
Headquartered in Orange County, California, RetroNinja is focused on developing games targeting gamers who crave visceral arcade action/adventure games, on all leading platforms.

Founded in 2020 by industry veteran, Tony Barnes, RetroNinja brings a wealth of experience to the ever-changing videogame industry. With over 35 years of experience, Barnes has created and maintained franchises, revived cult classics and expanded original and licensed IP’s, with such high profile titles including; The Strike Series, Star Wars: Episode III, Star Trek DS9: The Fallen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Medal of Honor 2010, and Strider 2014.

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