Papo & Yo developer announces its next game

Wednesday, 19th March 2014 04:50 GMT By Mike Irving

Minority Media, developer of the indie tearjerker Papo & Yo, has announced its next project, simply titled Cali.


During a Game Developers Conference panel today, creative director Vander Caballero described the game as exploring the futility of falling in love with an AI being. That’s keeping in line with the emotional themes of its predecessors, where Papo & Yo was about alcoholism and child abuse, and the still-upcoming Silent Enemy deals with bullying.

All Games Beta found a much more detailed description of Cali on the Canada Media Fund’s project list. It reads:

“Set in an advanced civilization long before the Conquistadors arrived in the Amazon, Cali is an adventure game developed for iOS, Android and the Cloud. It tells the story of Massi, a teenager caught up with his peers for the Sacred Rite, a centuries-old tradition that sends the strongest adolescent boys to the Second Sun. In a tragic mix of circumstances, Massi is separated from the group. As Massi, players will navigate to the Second Sun with the help of Cali, a beautiful and mysterious creature called a pixan, with features of both a majestic butterfly and shy human girl. And while Cali is the secret to Massi’s future success, there is a deadly reason why she cannot, or will not, help.”

Thanks, Game Informer.



  1. TheWulf

    I’m so into everything they’re doing. I adored Papo & Yo, it was too sad for me, personally, but I still really adored it. It was a singular experience. I’m always happy to see people work on experimental games and to not be afraid to do so. There’s a lot of bullying out there of developers who dare to try anything different and new, and lots of games were on the receiving end of that. From way back when The Path was released, right up to Papo & Yo and Gone Home.

    Still, I’m glad that this is happening. There’s no rule which says that videogames can’t be mature, rather than “mature.” These are the sorts of games that will be remembered in years to come, they were special, they exist because of someone’s passion, dedication, and understanding. I think that videogames are a pretty great medium through which to communicate new ideas and understanding, if done right.

    I’m glad developers are still doing this, and I hope they keep doing it. Hopefully people will open up to it, over time.

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