Highwire Games

Vic DeLeon

halo3_grossWorld Art Director

Vic DeLeon is a puzzle, a paradox, an artist composed of impossible contradictions.

What do you say about a real, credentialed Master of Fine Arts that chooses to devote his career to building alien colonoscopy simulators?

How do you explain that the man is a published author, professional photographer and respected speaker, but is best known for #WeirdFishWednesday.

vic_deleon_caitlin_andersonWhat do you make of the fact that Vic made headlines when he left 343 Industries — where he was an Art Lead and directed an army of artists on one of gaming’s most successful franchises — to quietly join a tiny studio with no pedigree — where he is currently an environment team of one?

Vic is mysterious. Some might say crazy. Some might say he literally swims with sharks. Annually.

And how do you introduce someone to Highwire’s fan community when they already know him so well? Why spend time promoting someone who already has twenty times the number of Twitter followers as the studio? It’s kind of puzzling, actually… maybe we should just take a page out Vic’s #UnZen playbook and post black-and-white photos of creepy dolls.




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“Yeah, it’s a child’s doll, but those are real human teeth. Crazy, right? … What?! Come back!”

– Vic DeLeon, @vicdeleon

Matthew Longest

Gameplay Programmer

Matt is an experienced gameplay programmer, specializing in player input and unusual peripherals. He was the engineer responsible for “one of the best PlayStation Move compatible titles” and helped drive early prototyping for the DualShock 4. He’s a virtual reality evangelist with an addiction to Kickstarter and a storage unit full of prototype hardware. Obviously, a valuable hire for a new studio with ambitious aspirations working on cutting edge platforms. But start to connect the dots, and it seems like he may actually be a Machiavellian puppet master with everyone helplessly dancing to his tune.

The Evidence

  • Before joining the studio, before there was a studio, Matt loaned us his first-edition DK1, which really got the whole thing rolling.
  • Matt was the first person to voluntarily leave a paying position to join the team. (Strike oneStrike twoStrike three.) Almost as if he knew how it would work out.
  • When it was time to choose a location for the studio, we coincidentally found a place mere blocks from his loft in downtown Seattle. And this space happened to have a full-size dance floor and room for his DJ equipment and ridiculous gear.
  • His full name is “Matthew Earl Longest” which is an anagram for “Let Not HW Games Alert”. Clearly this is a long-term plan.
  • After years in the industry, Matt has accumulated the perfect set of skills for our current project. Or… has our project been carefully tailored to his skillset?
  • Matt was the only member of Highwire Games that already owned a pair of red shoes before the PAX 2015 selfie contest.
  • He always gets to work on the coolest parts of the game!


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“I don’t know… have you tried putting a dampened spring on it?”

– Matt Longest

Jared Noftle

Technical Director

If you’re a huge Halo fan… you probably don’t know Jared Noftle. If you’re in the gaming press and looking for a story… maybe you don’t know Jared Noftle. But if you are a developer with more bugs than an anthill and an engineering team so underwater they need snorkels, then Jared Noftle is definitely on your contact list. As the front man for an international team of under-cover programmers, Jared has been air-dropped into every hooped project on the west coast; you may not know the man, but you have definitely seen his work.

However, if what you really need is someone who knows how to found, fund and run a game studio, someone with a particular set of entrepreneurial skills… well then you’d better have more than a name and a phone number, you’d better have some leverage. So when we pulled Jared from the smoking wreckage of burned down ryokan after a patch job that went bad, we knew we had our man.


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“Cuddlr? What’s Cuddlr? I never even heard of Cuddlr… who wrote this? Jaime! Hey, who researched this profile? It’s all wrong!”

– @jarednoftle

Moving Day

Marty O’Donnell

Audio Director

An award-winning Composer and premier Audio Director, best known for his work on Halo and Destiny’s “The Music of the Spheres.” Marty is also an accomplished chemistry professor and vitamin shill. He has not announced plans to work with 343 Industries on an upcoming Halo TV series.


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“Don’t mistake the golden egg for the goose that laid it.”

– @martytheelder, martyodonnellmusic.com

Jaime Griesemer

Halo game designer and world’s foremost authority on plasma rifle projectile speeds, Jaime specializes in crafting and tuning a game’s “thirty seconds of fun,” the core gameplay cycle that provides the foundation for everything else. It is said that he draws life-energy directly from empty white boards.


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All game design is psychological manipulation; designers have a moral obligation to their players to work for their benefit.”

– @32nds, rewardingplay.com

Is Highwire Hiring?

Been getting this question a lot. The answer is “Yes, we are hiring… but we have not announced any open positions and are not accepting applications right now.”

Highwire is a small studio. So far, we’ve been able to fill any openings on the team with friends and former colleagues. When we need to broaden our search, we will announce any job openings on Twitter. So your best bet is to follow us @highwire_games.

First Step

The lights are on. The music is playing. The crowd is gathering, watching to see us perform… or maybe plummet.

Time to put that front foot out onto the wire.