Silent Enemy To Explore Themes Of Childhood Bullying
Minority Media, the studio behind the moody and meaningful Papo & Yo on PSN, are hard at work on an intriguing OUYA title. Silent Enemy will offer shapeshifting survival gameplay that actively explores the harsh reality of childhood bullying.
Silent Enemy was originally envisaged as an iOS game that tasks players with bringing spring to a cruel winter world, but discovered that the OUYA was a much more convenient fit for the increasingly more complex gameplay and visual effects. More to the point, Minority Media realised that it needed an emotional injection to measure up to Papo & Yo (that was based on living with an alcoholic parent), and realised that they could draw from life experience by exploring the touchy subject of bullying.
‘OK, we can do a game about bullying,’” Minority Media co-founder Vander Caballero told Kotaku AU. “I was bullied before. Ernie, our partner, our Crete partner, he was bullied before because his father is white and his mother is Indian, so he got bullied in the reserve. We said, ‘Wow, this is a topic that lots of people will relate to. Let’s go for it.’ That’s where Silent Enemy is now. There’s still the native American themes in there but it’s totally changed from what it is now. It’s not about survival hunting anymore. It’s more about bullying and dealing with that."
Silent Enemy is slated to launch in "late 2013" on OUYA. Other platforms haven't been announced.