Owlboy was conceived by Simon Andersen in 2007 when he was pondering how he could make a game that could showcase the advantages of 2D over 3D. After much deliberation over the design of the game, he produced a small demo of the game together with Adrian Bauer, Jonathan Geer, and Blake Edwards. The team had been working together on an RPG project called Project Rhapsody until then, but Owlboy soon caught the group’s interest.
After some time of development, Jo-Remi Madsen took over as lead programmer, and shortly afterwards the game was nominated for ‘Excellence in Visual Art’ at the 2010 Independent Game Festival. The year after, it won the ‘Nordic Indie Sensation’ award at Nordic Game Awards. In 2011, Henrik Andersen joined the team, and an early demo was released to the public.
Working with the feedback from the demo, the team set out to complete the game. After a break to release Savant – Ascent in 2013, the team has now finally completed the game, 9 years after work began.