Revolution 60 is the premiere game of Giant Spacekat, an iOS company founded by Brianna Wu and Amanda Stenquist Warner in 2010. Excited by the possibilities of iOS Unreal, and seeing the momentum in the industry shift to mobile, the two set out to found a company that would deliver highly narrative experiences.

"I feel like there's a huge gap in the market right now," says Brianna Wu, head of development. "Players are craving narrative. And tech is advanced enough that we can deliver. When I think about the most moving experiences I've had in game, they all had to do with character and story."

Wu met Warner, a professional animator in late 2009. A few months later, Wu secured the capital to start the studio, and Giant Spacekat was born.

"I was very excited when I saw her animation portfolio," said Wu. "Both of us spent our childhood drawing comics of our own female heroines. I wanted to bring something to market where the women were the heroes, not an afterthought."

Not long afterwards, Maria Enderton, a classmate with Warner from BU-CDIA, was added to the team as lead programmer. Working together, the three started to unravel Unreal iOS, a technology few developers had experience with. 

"There are tons of developers with Unreal experience," said Wu. "But we kept running into all these problems no one had solved on mobile before. Like female hair. It's pretty, but it's very computationally expensive. We had to figure out how to rig the hair in ways that would not break the framerate of the iPad." 

Over the next few years the small team worked on their ambitious project, overcame numerous obstacles, and released Revolution 60 on iOS in July of 2013.


Portraits by 

Brianna Wu
Co-Founder, CEO

Brianna Wu is the head of development at Giant Spacekat, a company specializing in cinematic experiences using the Unreal engine. She’s also a frequent speaker on women-in-tech issues. In the past, she’s worked as a journalist and a politico. When she’s not developing software, she enjoys racing motorcycles and running marathons.

For more information on Brianna, visit BriannaWu.net

Amanda S. Warner

Amanda Stenquist Warner is the co-founder of Giant Spacekat, and lead animator. Her work on Revolution 60 lead the team to three game of the year awards in 2014. Recently, she's launch the subdivision of the company called Giant Spacekittens, whose first title Cupcake Crisis tells young girls they can grow up to be engineers too.

Frank Wu

Frank is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy artist in his own right.  He's won four Hugo Awards for his art, and has done panels or been Guest of Honor at numerous conventions.  At various conventions, he's done art demonstrations and done presentations on topics like exobiology, dinosaurs, the art and science of spaceships, how to draw dragons.  

For more information on Frank, visit FrankWu.com



Natalie O'Brien


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