Vector Unit was founded in December 2007 by Ralf Knoesel and Matt Small. The two originally worked together on Blood Wake at Stormfront Studios. Although the company consists of only two employees, a team of five contractors were brought in to complete their first title, Hydro Thunder Hurricane. Creative Director Matt Small was interviewed on the difficulties off starting a new company by Gamasutra in April 2010. Technical Director Matt Small noted that with a small team members are required to take on multiple roles. "You get to choose at least 80 percent of the time which hats you wear, and then sometimes you end up forced into wearing a particular hat."