Japanese designer Fumito Ueda is signed to award-winning games such as Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian. In his studio genDESIGN, which consists of former employees of the Team Ico studio, he has been working on another project for several years. And now, after a long time, another hint of a future game has appeared.
Work on the new project was officially announced by the genDESIGN studio in 2018.
In the New Year’s wish, in the year 2021, pictures from Fumita Ueda’s games “hide”. We know the first three. The latter, however, captures a new hero and an unknown scene, although the team’s handwriting certainly does not deny, including the stylization of the character. This is not the first time that a similar piece has appeared in promotional materials or on the web, you can find another example in the image gallery.
Work on the new project was officially announced by the genDESIGN studio as early as 2018. It was to be established with the help of the Kowloon Nights investment fund. Even then, there was talk that its scope should be equal to previous titles, it will not be a smaller indie game just because, unlike previous projects, it is no longer created under the wings of Sony.
Last March, Epic Games announced that it would fully fund game development.
Ueda already emphasized at the time that it would be a completely new title, not a continuation of older games. There has also been talk that developers are once again experimenting a lot with gameplay and testing different prototypes, so fans are expecting more original mechanisms. Last March, Epic Games announced that it would fully fund the development of the game and that the profits would be split in half with the studio.
The last game was released by Fumito Udea in 2016. It was repeatedly postponed by The Last Guardian. His titles are famous for their minimalist narratives, overexposed shots or fictional languages and worlds that are very similar despite their different settings. Ueda himself stated that he was influenced by games such as Flashback or Another World, but also by the series The Legend of Zelda, Virtua Fighter and Prince of Persia. He is one of the most influential contemporary Japanese authors.