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You might not know Paul Robertson's name, but there's a good chance you've seen his pixels. Robertson made his first big splash with the animated short Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006, a 12-minute-long black-and-white movie depicting an amazing, though sadly fictional, side-scrolling action game. Since then he’s gone on to produce art and animation for a number of terrific games, including Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game and Wizorb.

More recently, he teamed up with Tribute Games for the Metal Slug-style shooter Mercenary Kings, which just launched through Steam’s Early Access program and will be coming to the PlayStation 4 later on. We took a few minutes to talk to Robertson about pixel art, the new game, and whether Pirate Baby will ever be something we can actually play.