Peter Ong, of Harry Hatsworth and Monster Tale developer DreamRift, has said publishers have gone cold on new IP for the DS.
"When we originally pitched the concept to publishers, we noticed that many publishers perceived an original IP as being too risky for the current DS market, preferring instead to go with sequels to existing games or products based on other licenses," Ong told Destructoid
"Due to that climate, we felt a sense of accomplishment when we reached an agreement with Majesco to publish the game."
Ong said Monster Tale is one of the few highlights for the handheld, as publishers move on to the 3DS and beyond.
"I think that Monster Tale is one of a few, if not the only, new IP games from a western studio to have been signed in the past year on the DS. We have the utmost respect and appreciation for Majesco’s support in working with us to bring Monster Tale to reality."
Ong noted that although nothing had been initiated, DramRift is interested in bringing current and future projects to console networks and mobile platforms.
DreamRift's latest game, Monster Tale, has just been released in the US through Majesco. It combines side-scrolling action with pat care simulation, across the DS's twin screens. Check out the trailer below.