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Six to Start co-founder Adrian Hon departing Zombies, Run! dev in 2024

Six to Start co-founder Adrian Hon departing Zombies, Run! dev in 2024

Adrian Hon announced he’ll be leaving mobile developer Six to Start in early 2024. 

Hon, who founded the studio in 2006 with his brother Dan, revealed he’ll be taking a “long break” before returning to game development and book writing. 

Six to Start is best known for its Android and iOS fitness game, Zombies, Run!. In the years since its release, it’s been a commercial success and spawned a spinoff app and spinoff board game. The game was also recently featured in the British Library’s exhibit for digital storytelling.

Earlier this year, it released Marvel Move, an adventure-themed title that pairs comic book audio adventures with running. Hon spoke to Game Developer ahead of its summer release, where he discussed how the game evolves on the formula established by Zombies.

Looking back on his time at Six to Start, Hon remarked that the developer “chose to make games that help people get fit and stay healthy—games that people wouldn’t regret playing, games that we wouldn’t regret making. And I think we achieved that.”

Beyond Zombies, Run!, the developer also released fitness games The Walk in 2021 and Dustland Runner the following year. Separately, Hon wrote the sci-fi novel A History of the Future in 100 Objects and the gamification-focused You’ve Been Played: How Corporations, Governments, and Schools Use Games to Control Us All.

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