The Escapist: "Continuing on the theme of the role of independent games in the future of the games industry, I caught up with Aquaria developers and 2007 IGF Seamus McNally Grand Prize Award Winners Derek Yu and Alec Holowka. They recently released the full version of Aquaria, which, with its stunning visual presentation, classic charm, and innovative control system, has been described as closing the gap between games that are identifiably "independent" and "professional."
Erin Hoffman: Derek, you've mentioned that you've always had a love for Metroid-style games. What were your influences for Aquaria? In comparison to many indie games, yours had a very traditional approach - what were your goals with the game that led you to choose the format you did?
Derek Yu: I've always been a big fan of the Metroid, Zelda and Castlevania series of games, and I'm sure players can see how each of those influenced Aquaria".