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Aerial Knight

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Aerial_Knight AKA Neil Jones is a Black indie game developer based in Detroit MI, USA. He has been working in tech since 2010 and spealizes in game design and 3D computer graphics.


May 19 2021 marked the release of Aerial_Knight's Never Yield for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Epic Games Store. this 3D runner that tells the story of Wally who has uncovered the evidence that can change his city forever. Explore a game world with a dope-tastic soundtrack featuring the authentic sounds of Detroit Artist. [1] The launch of the game highlighted Aerial_Knight and his journey in the games industry in a interview with he went into more details.

He shares that he was frustrated as the industry just wasn't welcoming to him. So, he decided to develop Never Yield entirely by himself as a "last hurrah." "This was supposed to be my last game, I took a shot in the dark, I was frustrated with the games industry," Jones says.

"I was kind of fed up with the hiring process and trying to get a job. I just kind of came up with this idea. I said to myself, if people like this game then I know that I'm supposed to be doing this."[2] Aerial_Knight received much attention for the game not only for the gameplay but also because of what he overcame to finish such a polished game on his own in an industry that rarely highlights the few Black people that are hired.[3] Aerial_Knight's Never Yield was highlighted in Nintendo indie world showcase 2021 in which he announced that he game would be coming to Nintendo switch platform he went into more detail about that in a vice article later that year.

"A great joy of Nintendo's indie showcase events, with back-to-back trailers for upcoming Switch games, is how the company often centers the people behind the games, too. The rapidfire momentum can, at times, make games and creators blur together, but the moment Neil "Aerial_Knight" Jones appeared, his big smile, backed by the snappy music for his new game Aerial_Knight's Never Yield thumping in the background, commanded attention.

These events don't take place on a stage with thousands of people clapping in the audience, but there are tens of thousands of people watching live and millions more who will catch the archive. To date, more than 10 million people have watched the video Jones was featured in."[4]


  1. "Aerial_Knight's Never Yield on Steam". Steam. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  2. Rousseau, Jeffrey (24 May 2021). "Staff Writer". ARTICLE.
  3. Browne, Ryan (14 August 2020). "The $150 billion video game industry grapples with a murky track record on diversity". cnbc.
  4. Klepek, Patrick (May 20, 2021). "How a Solo Developer from Detroit Landed in Nintendo's Spotlight". Vice.

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