A fireside chat with Sauli Pöysä – Creative Director
Q: What do you do at Dodreams?
A: During my time at Dodreams I’ve actually worked on most aspects of game development, apart from coding. Today I focus on game design and art direction.
Q: When you’re not busy crafting amazing player experiences at work, what do you like to do?
A: I spend a lot of my free time drawing and painting. I also play the Nintendo fighter game “Super Smash Bros. Melee” at a decent level, so I travel to tournaments every so often. To counterbalance these “passive” activities I also try to hit the gym three times a week.
Q: What’s it like working at Dodreams?
A: Working with all these talented people is a blast! Our products are incredibly motivating to work on, and it feels like there are endless opportunities for us to keep improving them. It certainly gets hectic at times, but the feeling of shipping features and content you’ve had a part in designing – to millions of users nonetheless – is nothing short of extraordinary. We also actively work on improving ourselves as professionals, and dedicate a couple of days every month to setting aside our “normal” tasks for a moment, and doing just that.
Q: What kind of games do you want to make in the future?
A: I want people to have fun and connect through the games I make. Bringing that feeling of togetherness that I experienced playing games with my friends as a kid, to anything I work on, is really important to me.
Q: What has been the most memorable moment for you at Dodreams?
A: Early development and launch of Drive Ahead!. I remember how I used to think that it’s the best game I’ve ever worked on (still think so lol) and being super excited just thinking about how well it could do. Safe to say the game’s success ended up surpassing all my expectations. And we’re not stopping here – the game still has so much untapped potential!
Q: Which is your favorite Drive Ahead! vehicle and why?
A: I can give you my top three. Motocross Bike, Doombot and Rocket Fist. All of them for the same reason: crazy fun gameplay and lots of unexpected moments – especially so in 2P mode!