Sony have announced that 'Papo & Yo' is set to hit the Playstation Network in 2012, and it looks frankly astounding. Set in a South American slum, the game follows the story of Quico and his monstrous friend erm... 'Monster'. Monster's addiction to frogs turns him into a rageful killing machine, and it is up to Quico to find a cure for his friend, without falling prey to Monster's all-consuming appetite along the way.
The announcement was accompanied by a first glimpse at the game, and the graphics alone portray an ethereal depth and beauty rarely seen in games. Don't take our word for it though, take a look for yourselves:
Creative Director Vander Caballero opened up on the Playstation blog as to the influence his own life has had on the game.
The tale told in Papo & Yo is about myself and my father, a good man but also an evil one. Like many, he used alcohol and drugs to cope with a challenging life, and I was caught in the middle of it. The emotional core of this game is ultimately a fable about my relationship with my father.
Full of pretension this game is not, standing instead as a harrowing insight into the troubled childhood of a man that finally realised his dream and wanted to tell us his tale. Caballero also thanks Mario creator Miyamoto, whose games played a huge part in the darker periods of his life:
I remember how the unpleasant world of adults loomed around me and made me feel vulnerable. But I did not feel like that when I was playing as Mario: I felt powerful and in control of a fantastic world. I loved defeating bosses that were larger than life to me, and today I thank you Miyamoto; now is my time to give back.
We'll be keeping a close eye on this title and bringing you all the details as we get them. If nothing else, it's hugely satisfying to see Sony still investing in potentially risky games that deserve the chance to shine.