Bare Knuckle Development is an independent video game studio based in the United Kingdom currently working on the metroidvania action-RPG adventure game, The Flawless: Art’s Tale (#FlawlessTheGame) and the cyberpunk sh’mup/top-down-shooter hybrid The Last Pilot (#TheLastPilot).

We truly believe that games can be a form of art; an amalgamation of many other art forms blending together to create something unique and special. We want to make games that have heart and evoke emotion. We hope you will care about the characters as much as we do and enjoy learning more about the worlds they live in. We want the decisions you make to have consequences and for the challenge to be more than just simple gameplay mechanics and fast trigger fingers. We aim to make our games visually striking, stepping away from the traditional and edging towards an alternative beauty. More than anything we want our games to be fun and memorable experiences that you want to return to and share with others.


The BKD Team:

We are a small but skilled team, between us we cover all the bases needed to make an amazing game.

Ste Wilson – director, programmer, artist, developer
With a background in coding, app development, web design, and sound recording Ste has a wide and varied skill-set that allows him to work on all elements of the indie games we produce. He is an obsessive perfectionist who works without rest to create amazing worlds for you to lose yourselves in. Ste is an avid gamer and has been since a child, he puts his knowledge and passion of all things ‘video game’ to work on every game he makes. Ste is also a musician and music maker under the name of Electric Fan Death. He has written and recorded a number of albums and is now bringing his music to the world of indie games. When not making or playing games Ste can be found at the gym, ‘feeling zee pump’, or scuba diving with some colourful fish.


Tony Leavy – director, writer, designer, social-media manager
Tony has Masters degree in Education and a degree in creative writing. She has a love for script-writing, visual poetry, and inclusive gaming. She spends her days in fictional worlds developing endearing, complicated characters, and writing mind-bending twists for the stories in our games. Tony is a keen photographer and uses here knowledge of composition to give the scenes in our games a lived in look that’s intriguing and interesting to the eye. When out of the studio Tony can be found working out at the gym, volunteering with disabled children, or chilling with a cocktail.


Our Games:
The Flawless: Art’s Tale (in development)

The Flawless: Art’s Tale is a metroidvania action-RPG. Join our young hero, Art, for some epic hack ‘n’ shoot battles, an endearing cast of characters, an unforgettable coming of age story, and a gorgeous hand-drawn art style. You take control of Art; a twelve year old boy who awakens to find himself alone in a brutal and monochrome world of cats. He is catapulted into an extraordinary adventure where he must save his pet cat ‘Mr Dirty Paws’ and bring colour back to the surreal feline world. #FlawlessTheGame

The Last Pilot (in development)

The Last Pilot is a pre-apocalyptic cyberpunk sh’mup/top-down-shooter featuring cats that fly planes and shoot massive guns in an attempt to save feline kind. The player can walk around huge air bases solving puzzles and shooting enemies and then jump into their plane and without transition take off and blast down aerial enemies and huge bosses. #TheLastPilot

Maybot Run (released 19th October 2017)

Made in collaboration with Bloodline Games, Maybot Run is a satirical infinite runner with loads of upgrades and unlockable characters. The game received some good press and was featured on TV on the BBC in the UK. The game is available on Steam for PC(Windows & Linux), and Mac. #MaybotRun



The Gaming Ground (TGG) Interview – Ste does a Q & A interview with Kenay Peterson from TGG about The Flawless: Art’s Tale and all things indie development related.

Bit-Pulse Podcast Interview – Ste and Tony are interviewed by Hans Hedstrom from Bit-Pulse about The Flawless: Art’s Tale, gaming , travelling, and indie dev life.