Anna Hollinrake and Pavle Mihajlovic have been close friends for a long time.
The duo met at the 2017 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits event – the year that Hollinrake was part of the cohort. Since, they’ve developed a habit of just saying yes to things. They’ve learnt how to ride motorcycles together, how to surf, and completed a short story writing course… so starting a games studio together seems like a logical next step.
What started as some discussions over the summer 2022 has emerged into the recently-announced Electric Saint. Both developers are at a point now where they feel good enough to go indie.
“I’ve been thinking about indie for years and years, but it never quite felt like the right moment,” Hollinrake tells GamesIndustry.biz. “I always felt like I needed that little bit more experience or that extra something on my CV.
“There was always something about finding that legitimacy that could prove I was able to do this, but also just from an intrinsic personal journey, it was never quite the right time to make the leap, but I think I hit that point at the end of last year. I felt there was a very powerful calling to make the terrifying swan dive into indie development that has been tempting me for like four or five years.”
Mihajlovic adds: “We’re both at a point in our careers where we feel we’ve learnt a lot, we know a lot of people and we’re quite good at what we do. We’ve been doing this for about ten years. There is an element of slowly gaining confidence more so that any one thing that precipitated it. Having the confidence to say we can do this.”