Robert F. Fox, born on October 11, 1991, is an American video game developer and composer born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He is best known for creating the cult game “Undertale.” He is also a musician who began his career as a composer in video games. Fox started a Kickstarter crowd-funding effort for the game “Undertale” in June 2013 and raised more than 10 times the amount he had hoped for. The game was published in 2015 and was a major critical and commercial success, instantly turning him into a star. Let’s get together to celebrate his birthday!
Robert F. Fox
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October 11, 1991
Robert F. Fox, also known as Toby Fox and earlier as Toby ‘Radiation’ Fox, is an American video game composer and developer. Since childhood, he was a fan of video games. He would play video games for hours on end. Role-playing games, such as “Earthbound,” were among his favorites. Fox’s “Earthbound Halloween Hack,” a Halloween-themed ROM hack of the 1994 Super N.E.S. game “Earthbound,” released in 2008, is his most well-known work. He became interested in music during high school and began learning independently. He was then hired to produce music for the popular comic “Homestuck” in 2009 after uploading a handful of his audio samples. Later, he attended Northeastern University and majored in environmental science.
After finishing the demo of the game “Undertale,” Toby started looking for funding and emailed the blueprint to several of his industry contacts and internet communities. In June 2013, he went on Kickstarter to get help with funding the game, with a $5,000 goal. By the end of the campaign, the game had raised $51,124 — 10 times the target amount! The game garnered a positive response from gaming media when it was released in September 2015; some even labeled it a cult game. “Undertale” received a 92/100 rating from aggregate review site Metacritic, making it the third-highest ranked game released in 2015.
The sequel to “Undertale,” “Deltarune,” was published for free on October 31, 2018. After, he composed music for Temmie Chang’s short story game “Escaped Chasm” and Game Freak’s 2019 “R.P.G. Little Town Hero” in the same year, the latter of which was arranged by “Pokémon” composer Hitomi Sato. He also composed a vocal song for Itoki Hana’s “PRAY” album and music for “Pokémon Sword and Shield.” Fox made the second chapter of “Deltarune” available for free on September 17, 2021. He intends to release the remaining three chapters at the same time, at a higher price than “Undertale,” but without a set release date.
With the funding, Fox works harder to ensure that "Undertale" gives the best game-playing experience to gamers, resulting in critical and financial success upon its debut.
"Undertale" sells over one million copies just five months after its release, earning it the titles of Game of the Year and Best Game Ever.
Fox is chosen to compose the music for the Homestuck video game "Hiveswap."
He makes the second chapter of “Deltarune” available for free.
Why We Love Toby Fox
He has a specific philosophy and unique vision for his games
He created his leading figure to represent all of humanity, and he didn't give it a name. It was referred to as ‘the human’ so that more people might empathize with the figure.
He's open to new things
Fox wanted to take his game notion even further, so he created a unique battle experience that allowed players to destroy opponents in methods other than confronting them head-on. Fox's imagination ran wild, and he concluded that if the players simply used violence to beat the opponent, they would face the consequences.
He always provides the best gaming experience
Fox also challenged the role-playing game cliches of protagonists forced to take a small, simple path to achieve their objectives. Toby hid easter eggs throughout the game to make it more 'alive' and make the player feel like they were a part of the process.
5 Surprising Facts
He developed "Undertale" from scratch
He came up with the character designs and game ideas in college and drew them in his notebook.
He has chronic wrist and hand pain
The pain prevents him from programming and composing regularly, causing the second chapter of “Deltarune” to be delayed.
Fox is friends with another creator
Andrew Hussie, the creator of the famous comic strip "Homestuck," is a good buddy of Fox's, and he even finished the design for "Undertale" in Andrew's basement.
He had a classic source of inspiration
When he first started making video games, he was inspired by the Japanese game "Shin Megami Tensei."
He once visited Masahiro Sakurai
The success of "Undertale" allowed Fox to pay a visit to the popular game "Super Smash Bros" and "Kirby" creator Masahiro Sakurai at his home in Japan.
Toby Fox FAQs
How much money did Toby Fox make?
Fox has amassed considerable riches as a result of his professional achievement, getting millions after his success. He has made most of his money as a game creator; however, he has also made money as a music composer.
Does Toby Fox know Japanese?
Fox is learning Japanese. He even said on Twitter he put it off for so long because he thought it would be difficult, but now he loves it.
How long did Toby work on “Undertale?”
The creator worked on the game for about 32 months.
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