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Toby Fox
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NationalityAmerican
BornOctober 11, 1991
Known ForUndertale
Birth PlaceMassachussetts


Toby Fox (born October 11, 1991) video game developer, composer, and musician most known for developing and composing the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed roleplaying game Undertale.

History[edit | edit source]

Fox was a fan of the game EarthBound and began as a forum member on its fansite, Starmen.net, under the username Radiation. He would be an active member on the site and managed one of the site's forums up until 2011.[1] Before starting work on Undertale, he had little experience in actual game development except for the incomplete games he often made with his three brothers using the proprietary game engine RPG Maker 2000.[2] For a while, Fox developed Undertale in the basement of webcomic artist Andrew Hussie, known for creating the popular comic Homestuck, for which Fox also composed tracks for.[3][4]

Games[edit | edit source]

Undertale[edit | edit source]

Undertale was the first major game completely developed by Toby. He worked on the project independently, with only artwork and sprites being supplied by other creators, mainly freelance artist Temmie Chang.[5] Fox began creating Undertale after already making a battle system using the engine GameMaker: Studio.[6] The original game was meant to be released in 2014 but production was delayed. Undertale was praised for its writing, for which Fox claims he was inspired by internet culture, comedy shows such as Mr. Bean and the game EarthBound.[7] When it came to developing the game itself Fox said he wanted to develop a role-playing game that was non-traditional, had "interesting characters", and that "utilizes the medium as a storytelling device ... instead of having the story and gameplay abstractions be completely separate".[8]Undertale took 2.7 years to completely develop and was financed through a crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter.[9] The game was released on September 15, 2015 for Windows and OS X, and July 17, 2016 for Linux.

Musical Contributions[edit | edit source]

Fox is a self-taught musician and has composed soundtracks for many games and comics including Midnight Crew: Drawing Dead, Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield, Alternia and Homestuck. He composed all of the soundtrack for Undertale as well. When it comes to his influences for producing music, Fox states that he tries to be inspired by everything he listens to, especially tracks in video games.[10]

Discography[edit | edit source]

Awards and Nominations[edit | edit source]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Undertale was released to rave reviews by many magazines and publications. The game and Toby Fox himself was nominated for and won many awards such as Game of the Year, Best Debut, and Best Game Ever. As for Fox's reaction to the massive success of his own game he stated that it overwhelmed him and caused a lot of stress, as he did not want the game to be tiring or spoiled for anyone. He also stated that he is perfectly comfortable if he never makes a game as successful again.[29]

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