After working on the Siren series for years, Director Keiichiro Toyama and his team made Gravity Daze (AKA Gravity Rush) for the PS Vita. A bit of a jump in genres, you might think – though not from his perspective. Now it sounds like Toyama wants to go back to his horror roots.
The Gravity Daze development team, Team Gravity, had a teaser up at this year's Tokyo Game Show indicating that there is a new game in the works. While details are under wraps at the moment, in an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Toyama stated, "All I can say [about the game] right now is that we're working on it with the opinions and expectations of the users who've played Gravity Daze in mind."
When it was noted that developing Gravity Daze after spending years on the Siren series seemed like quite a shift in directions, Toyama interjected, saying "It may look like that from the outside, but the thought process behind Siren and Gravity Daze is actually quite similar: First you create a town, then you create an observing protagonist, then you develop the game having that protagonist get involved with a big incident. The graphics are different, but the building process is the same."
Asked if there was any game he would personally like to make, Toyama stated, "I've worked on horror games for so long, so I accumulate a lot of ideas that would be good in a horror game. So I would like to make another horror game."
Toyama remarked that in recent years, with game budgets getting bigger for package titles, it's become harder to make good horror games – a genre that, in his opinion, generally works better as B-grade. "So I'd like to take a different approach and make a download-only game." Toyama stated. "If I could make a download-only game that can be cleared in a few hours, like Journey, and offer an intense horror experience, I'd love to try something like that."
While Team Gravity will be working on their as-of-yet untitled new game for the time being, Toyama ended the interview promising his eventual return to the horror stage. How's that for a happy Halloween treat?
Or is it a trick?
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