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.