PS5: The creator of masterpieces that didn’t include the PlayStation returns with a new game

Game news PS5: The creator of masterpieces that didn’t include the PlayStation returns with a new game

If the same names keep coming back when talking about the most anticipated titles of 2023, and particularly from the side of Japanese developers (Forspoken, Tears of the Kingdom, Final Fantasy XVI… ), one of the most famous creators of these 20 years may return this year: Fumito Ueda, the creator of Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian.

Present as a PlayStation exclusive for over 20 years and the beginning of playstation 2the creations of Fumito Ueda and his famous ICO Team marked the history of consoles by sony through their completely unique artistic direction, and a very contemplative view of video games. Since The Last Guardian, an Arlesian from the PlayStation 3 era was finally released in December 2016 on the PlayStation 4, the studio has been renamed genDESIGN is very discreet. We don’t know much about his next creation, except that it won’t be a priori PlayStation exclusive, genDESIGN is developing a title intended to be published by Epic Games. However, the studio’s latest social media post hints at an announcement for 2023…

Team Ico, a cult studio for PlayStation gamers

Ico was a revolution when it was released, focusing more on its artistic proposition than pure gameplay.

For 15 years, Fumito Ueda has brought to PlayStation consoles a unique vision of video games, redefining many of the codes of a medium more compared to an art thanks to his works. Since the release of Ico in 2001, the ingenious designer of this game and his teams, who have worked together for many years on the fiery Japanese studiogave birth to a more or less genre we like to call “contemplative video games”. The gameplay is reduced to its simplest expression, the goal is more to offer an immersive artistic experience, not to say dreamlike. However, it was with Shadow of the Colossus, released in the fall of 2005 (and at the end of the life of an aging PS2 that it would bring to its knees), that the Japanese creator and his style reached a certain peak, leading to a real fascination for their future creation when it comes to PS3.

genDESIGN, a new beginning for Fumito Ueda

PS5: The creator of masterpieces that didn't include the PlayStation returns with a new game

The Last Guardian, released in late 2016, was divided by critics and remains Fumito Ueda’s final game to date.

Unfortunately, the development of The Last Guardian will take some time, and the title that was originally announced at E3 2009 will not be released until seven and a half years later (!) At the height of the career of a PS4 known for the power of its exclusive … and their technical stability, an aspect that he will unfortunately completely neglect. Founded in the summer of 2014, genDESIGN took over the turbulent development of this highly anticipated title, that the delivery was less painful than expected, but somehow will mark the end of the exclusive collaboration between Fumito Ueda and Sony. Fumito Ueda will then declare that he wants to step back to take time to explore new concepts, and in March 2020 the studio will contact its new partnership signed with Epic Games, for financing and future editions of the title . , mentioned for the first time in 2018 by its designer.

The future genDESIGN project finally revealed in 2023?

PS5: The creator of masterpieces that didn't include the PlayStation returns with a new game

This visual shared by Fumito Ueda at the end of 2020 “teases” something for his fourth game.

However, in nearly three years, we’ve rarely heard of a new game that Fumito Ueda and the former Team Ico might be working on. Very vague concept art is shared, which only proves the desire to continue in a known style, which has a greenish shade and depicts mysterious scenes of disproportionate grandeur compared to the protagonists. This is particularly the case with the teaser from two years ago, combining visuals of the first three games with the first three digits of a “2021” whose “1” contains an artwork of an unknown title – obviously, the one that the announcements already have. expected two years ago. The studio used to mysterious year-end greetings, so he did it again with a happy new year tweet indicating that we are entitled to new information in 2023, and recruitments are still open to work on this project:

Good year!

2023 will finally be a year where we can give you a lot of information. We’re working hard and you know you’re looking forward to our next project. We thank you for your continued support throughout the year.

At genDESIGN, we are hiring new collaborators for our ongoing project, whether they are experienced candidates or recent graduates.

If the associated visual doesn’t really allow you to get a more accurate idea of ​​the artistic direction this title takes in the future, or even the tiniest potential gameplay element, clearly indicates that an announcement for the game will see the light of day throughout the year, which is great news for fans of the famous Japanese creator. Although the method of the “teaser” remains as mysterious as ever, it seems more and more likely that the next genDESIGN title will be revealed, at least through a specific title and/or a trailer, in the next few that month! However, it seems unlikely that the game will come out this year, if we are to believe the last lines that motivate the recruitment process that is still underway, for a title that we hardly think will be finished soon.

The first visual of Fumito Ueda’s new project was shared 5 years ago.

PS5: The creator of masterpieces that didn't include the PlayStation returns with a new game

Remember, finally, that the future game of genDESIGN should, if we determine the declarations of its director from the agreement signed with Epic in 2020, a title of scale comparable to the previous productions of the studio, despite its independent status today:

Since we became independent and opened our own studio, I hope we can reach more players than before.

What we are doing now is not an indie game. We obviously have ambitions to make something on the scale of an Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, or The Last Guardian. (…) It will be a completely new game, not a sequel.

– Fumito Ueda (genDESIGN studio director) in March 2020

In any case, we can’t wait to learn more about the new project of one of the most important video game designers of the last two decades!

Fumito Ueda and Team ICO

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