What do you do after helping craft some of the cuddliest, most heartwarming games of this past generation? If you're the guys at Ambient Studios—some of whom worked at Media Molecule on the big-hearted LittleBigPlanet games—it's making a game about Death and the horrors of the bubonic plague.

Death Inc. imagines shuffling off the mortal coil as an industry and tasks players with killing as many people as they can in 17th Century England. You control Grim T. Livingstone, a freelance Reaper running a small business as he competes in soul harvesting against the Minsitry of Mortality. Despite the grim subject matter, cartoony concept art from the in-development game seems to be lighthearted in he same vein as LBP. In fact, it look a little like Tearaway, the delightful Vita game that Media Molecule is currently working on.

Ambient is promising a streamlined strategy experience which, combined with the lovely looks of Death Inc., sounds great. They're launching a Kickstarter to finish up development and are currently saying the game will be out for PC and Mac.


Update: Because there seems to be some confusion, Death Inc. isn't being made by Media Molecule. Ambient Studios is a small, independent dev team made up of people who used to work at Media Molecule, Lionhead and EA.