With no sign of Team ICO’s hotly anticipated The Last Guardian on the horizon, the responsibility may fall with Spanish studio Tequila Works’ gorgeous RIME to provide us with the PlayStation 4 tearjerker that we deserve. And as part of a semi-promotional Develop article, the indie outfit has confirmed that it’s hoping to convey “deep emotions” throughout the exclusive adventure.
“Rime is a very personal project, and we wish to create deep emotions through the visual and physical experiences of gameplay rather than cutscenes,” said creative director Raúl Rubio. “It has to evoke wonder, as if looking through the eyes of a child.” The visionary continued that Unreal Engine 4 – which is powering the game – has allowed the team to realise its goals.
He explained: “For us, visuals are not only to see, but also to feel emotionally. Unreal Engine 4 allows us to translate influences from Joaquín Sorolla, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, and even Studio Ghibli into something that expresses our artistic vision in a way that can be experienced by the player.”
We suspect that we'll be seeing a lot more of the developer’s progress at E3 later this year, alongside fellow first-party funded indie titles such as Shadow of the Beast and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Are you looking forward to these intriguing exclusive games? Where does the resplendent RIME sit on your wishlist? Soak up the scenery in the comments section below.