Creating the Nightmarish World of Daydreamer: Awakened Edition

When you’re inspired to create a side-scrolling shooter/action platformer that pays tribute to the 8- and 16-bit eras of yesteryear, but you’re only a one-person studio, where do you go? Well, according to Roland Womack — the programmer, designer, artist, founder, and sole employee of Roland Studios — ideas can come from just about anywhere. Yes, even simple doodles can eventually become an integral part of a game’s creative direction.

Our newest Daydreamer: Awakened Edition video shows a behind the scenes look at Womack’s different inspirations for the creepy environments, monsters, bosses, and animations in the game. Sci-films, retro video game from the 80s, and grotesque artistic murals in New York City are just some of the influences that helped Womack bring his outlandish vision of Daydreamer: Awakened Edition alive.

Daydreamer: Awakened Edition will be available digitally on the PlayStation Store (May 31) and Xbox Store (June 3) in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The game will be priced at $9.99 in the United States (with comparable international pricing), and is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information, please visit

Without further ado, watch/download the behind the scenes video below and check out the new screenshots!


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