Harvest Moon creator’s first indie game is for a portable system

By Brenna Hillier
7 March 2012 01:37 GMT

Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada has dropped a few slim clues as to the first project from his new company, Toybox Inc.

“Currently we’re developing for a portable game system,” Wada told Siliconera.

Toybox intends to self-publish where possible, and has not ruled out a digital release for the unannounced game.

“About the publishing, at present, nothing has been decided. Our goal is to publish not just downloadable titles, but also packaged games. Ultimately, what’s going to happen with regards to our current project is still up in the air, though,” Wada explained.

The ex-Grasshopper Manufacture developer said he was motivated to leave the larger company in order to pursue his own design goals.

“I wish to deal with game creation not as a part of the management, but as a creator. In a large company, no matter what you do, you always have to deal with the management side of things,” he said.

As for his new company’s overall direction, Wada gave some vague outlines.

“I feel the world needs games that emotionally move people and give them the strength to live another day, and games that you would have fun talking about with your friends and family,” he said.

“Toybox is especially mindful of the contents of the game, but we don’t have a preference with regards to medium. We plan to develop for all platforms. Our foremost goal is: ‘We create our own, and we publish our own’. This way, we will have no choice but to create games with great content that would make both the business world and the players acknowledge Toybox.”

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