ToeJam & Earl is one of those games that has never really been matched. It was, I suppose, a kind of dungeon crawler except each dungeon was a verdant green island and the loot you collected was bits of your broken spaceship. The enemies were all odd caricatures of human characters and you could play the whole game in cooperative 2-player mode with new dialogue. It was wonderful.
Now, one of that game’s creators is working on something for Sony. Greg Johnson now runs HumaNature Studios and that company has listed two jobs which hint at their next project – a Technical Artist and a Game Designer.
In a listing on Tech-artists.org, Greg says:
As it happens, HumaNature Studios now has the good fortune of starting a new title directly for Sony that is cute and filled with quirky personality. It’s also super innovative in the area of emotional AI and personality simulation. It designed for both male and female players, and will be marketed in the U.S. and in Japan.
While the listing on Gamasutra’s jobs pages has two bullet points that fill my heart with glee and make it sound like the spirit of ToeJam & Earl is still very much influencing this new project:
- You should love games that create charming and believable, emotionally compelling simulated worlds; games like ICO, Beyond Good and Evil, Animal Crossing, Scribblenauts, Little Big Planet, and others.
- You should be crazy-imaginative and have a wild and wicked sense of humor. Perhaps you write fiction, or create your own board games, or do operatic improvisational theater. You should be an excellent communicator and have a fine command of the English language. You should know lots of big words (like “intrinsic”, or “entropy” or “methodologies”) but prefer to use clear, simple words.
Sounds like something quirky and lighthearted, possibly well suited for Vita?