Apparently the game Aegis Wing began merely as an email from Matt Monson (a lowly intern) to J Allard (Fast car drivin' Xbox Overlord). In the email he suggested that Microsoft slot some interns into a video game project. J apparently liked the idea and a year later put Matt Monson, Scott Brodie, and Danny Dyer in one "cramped office," told them to make a game, and then whipped them like a slave driver. Okay those last bits are embellishment.
J's interest at Matt's initial pitch and help from Carbonated Games (Microsoft's internal casual game studio) made Matt's dream a reality. Reflecting on the experience Monson said, "The best thing, especially with this project, is that if you have a good idea, you can talk to people and they'll listen to you. And if it's a good idea it'll get done."
The possibility for successful basement or garage based coding projects with a small group is reemerging. First, it was in the indie game scene, but now the big boys are getting in on the act. Now, can I get J's email from you Matt? I've got some ideas too.
Update: This really is coming the official press release can now be found on the Gamerscore Blog. The new press release is reflected on the full story. For screenshots of the game visit our Aegis Wing image gallery.
According to a post on Kotaku, Gamerscore Blog posted and quickly retracted information about Aegis Wing being released for free on XBLA this Wednesday. Take this with a grain of salt as the release was retracted and Soltrio Solitaire's release was posted. This may give us a reason as to why we heard about next week's release on Friday (mistake press release they had to cover up?). Either way it confirms the fact that Aegis Wing, which we found on the ESRB weeks ago, is in fact an XBLA game. The game will be released for the amazing price of free and offer four player shoot 'em up action.