There really is nothing quite like an adventure from Amanita Design, makers of unforgettable and popular games like Samorost and Machinarium. So I’m sure I’m not the only one excited that the Czech indie collective just announced a new game. It’s called phonopolis, and the “Handcrafted Adventure” will be the studio’s first foray into full 3D graphics. Check out the beautiful and intriguing (but painfully short) teaser above.
In Phonopolis, “players take on the role of Felix, a pensive young man who, along with his fellow citizens, faces imminent danger of falling once and for all under the control of the dystopian city’s authoritarian leader, effectively losing their humanity. reads the press release from Amanita Design.
If that plot synopsis sounds a bit political, you’re right — heck, the press release even includes a quote from George Orwell’s 1984, and the game will explore a range of different themes such as “Constructivism, Futurism, or Suprematism and their societal impact as propaganda tools.” Throughout While it all sounds pretty heavy, Amanita Design says it “still keeps the overall experience playful and light-hearted”.
Handwork isn’t an exaggeration either – the game is actually painted and assembled in the real world from corrugated cardboard, and then photographed and uploaded. “Although the game is being developed within a 3D engine, we are handcrafting as many of the assets as possible. All textures are painted on cardboard, cut out, digitized and placed on the respective 3D model,” says Oto Dostál, technical artist on Phonopolis.
The result of these efforts looks beautiful and unusual – which describes pretty much all of Amanita’s adventures. Unfortunately, there is no release date for Phonopolis just yet, otherwise the developer expects it to be ready for launch “within the next year”.
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