Who are we?
Back to Dust Studios is an independent game development studio located in Northeast Ohio. Just beyond the shadow of the old steel city Youngstown, is the picturesque town of Columbiana where small shops and eateries adorn the main street. Our studio space is located on the square in the center of town in a beautiful performing arts theatre. The atmosphere is always buzzing with creativity and allows one to get lost in their imagination. Back to Dust Studios was formed in January of 2015 by Donald Arthurs who co-founded and ran the software engineering department at a successful Audience Response Software company for nearly a decade. As an artist, developer and avid gamer, it was only a matter of time before he decided to bring all of his passions together under one roof.
What is our vision?
Back to Dust Studios’ vision is to provide inspiring and entertaining gaming experiences to a wide variety of audiences.
Where did the name come from?
Nearly a decade before the founding of the company, Donald was reading a Psalm credited to a man who was involved in one of the most epic stories ever told. This man’s name was Moses. While praying to God in Psalms 90:3, Moses states “You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” That was such powerful and yet humbling statement to Donald. From dust we began and to dust we will return. At the time he didn’t know why he felt the strong urge to reserve the “back to dust” domain, but nearly a decade later it all became clear.