Meghna Jayanth, the award-winning author and storyteller of games like 80 Days, Sunless Sea, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Sable, has confirmed that she will be working on the new game by Falcon Age developer Outer Loop.
She told me this during episode 2 of The New Eurogamer podcast, which was made available to everyone today.
“I’ve been working on the next Outer Loop game,” she said during our talk. “I can not really say much about it. Unfortunately, I can not even tell you the title. But I think if you caught the Annapurna showcase recently, they teased a little bit of Outer Loop’s new game, so I think I can say from there, there is skating in it. “
If you watched the Annapurna showcase this summer, you may have seen Jayanth appear very briefly on screen when Outer Loop co-founder Chandana Ekanayake mentioned her writing partner “Meg.” She had worked in the studio before at Falcon Age.
You will also have heard Ekanayake tell a little about what the game will be like: a game about “immigrant culture growing up in the United States”, with “gossiping aunts and overbearing parents and family pressure”.
In terms of how it plays, and judging by excerpts in the video, it seems to be a mix of third-person parts like skating and parkour, and probably other things we haven’t seen yet. The skating resembled a Tony Hawks experience, and the parkour was not far away (minus the skateboard).
There is a good deal in the video where animator Aung Zaw Oo talks about his love of parkour and skateboarding, and then with all seriousness – while the camera follows him, where he does hard work skating – says: “I have been skateboarding for about 24 years. ” Break. “And I’m awful at it.”
He goes on to say: “Tony Hawk’s game: it’s a break from reality from what skateboarding actually is, and more, the things I actually want to do. You rarely crash in the skateboarding part [of this game] because I try to make it as accessible to as many people as possible. “
The game looks bright and colorful with high scores and lots of energy. Beyond that, it’s a bit of a mystery.
That means Meghna Jayanth will no longer be working with Leigh Alexander on their planned boutique storytelling label Red Queens, which was to be launched after the Sable wrapping.
“It was very much our plan,” Jayanth told me, “but the pandemic has – as it has for everyone – thrown everyone’s set of priorities and plans into the air. So Leigh and I are not going to cooperate on Red Queens, unfortunately. . ”
Falcon Age was released in 2019 and follows a lady and falcon as they systematically sabotage a robotic colonialist power that has robbed their planet of culture and resources. Christian Donlan was really encouraged with what he was playing.