Dream Blue is the independent game developer studio, founded in 2018 in correlation with the development of Shadow Star (an 80-90’s retro-style role playing game). Previously, the studio was little more than a 2-person project, operating under the placeholder name GrapeApeGames. Thus far, Dream Blue launched a limited time demo version of Shadow Star on the massively popular independent game developer website, IndieDB. The game was well received, making the top 100 list (out of 43,000+ games) for the 2017's IndieDB top 100. The game was also voted 1 of only 2 chosen games to represent the top 100 for the Role Playing Games (RPG) category. While new to the independent gaming community, Dream Blue’s team is committed to bringing players a positive gaming experience with strong emphasis on character and story immersion.
The hope to develop a game like Shadow Star was initially conceived in the late 90’s by best friends, Steven Stall and Shawn “Paul” Haren. Both had a passion for gaming as they grew up playing popular titles such as the Final Fantasy series, Legend of Zelda, Lunar and many more. Each held a set of complementary skills which they envisioned one day putting to use in game design. While circumstances prevented the friends from initiating that dream at the time; it didn’t stop their ambition. Eventually in 2016, Steve announced to his friend that, "it was time." With his pitch of a fully-fleshed compelling story, set in the retro game style of their childhood, Paul needed little convincing to agree in helping him produce Shadow Star. After many years, it truly was time to bring their early aspirations to life.
The current project by Dream Blue is the fantasy RPG, Shadow Star. While subsequent content and titles are potentially lined up, the team is committed to focusing efforts on this first release. With a projected release date of 4th Quarter 2019, Dream Blue seeks to bring players an experience worth remembering, an experience to inspire their own dreams.