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Octodad devs discuss the journey of their betentacled hero

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

The nine people behind Octodad: Dadliest Catch at indie studio Young Horses are still pinching themselves about the gaming community's reaction to their secretive cephalopod, according to a new behind-the-scenes video.

Young Horses explains that the press took notice of the original Octodad after its appearance at the 2011 Independent Games Festival. And long before its sequel, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, was released this year, the studio had received fan art starring the titular octopus-masquerading-as-a-human.

Sony Computer Entertainment also played a major role in raising awareness of Dadliest Catch. As one of the early self-published indie games on the PlayStation 4, it was highlighted at numerous Sony showcases, including the PS4's launch event in New York last November.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch launched in January on Linux, Mac and Windows PC, and was released on PS4 last week. For more, check out our full review.

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