Papo & Yo
Looking for the next indie darling? Good money is on Papo & Yo to get some big attention at E3 next week.
An intriguing new game was announced late this week by Minority, a new studio based in Montreal. The game revolves around a young boy named Quico, his robot Lula, and a giant, rhino-headed monster named, well, Monster. Monster is addicted to poisonous frogs, and when he eats them, he turns from Quico's best friend into a deadly enemy.
Papo & Yo is set in a favela of South America, where Quico must try to find a cure for Monster before he destroys everything around him -- including Quico.
Creative director Vander Caballero had some fascinating insight to share regarding the game's creation in a post to the PlayStation Blog.
"Well, the tale told in Papo & Yo is about myself and my father, a good man but also an evil one," Caballero shares. "Like many, he used alcohol and drugs to cope with a challenging life, and I was caught in the middle of it. The emotional core of this game is ultimately a fable about my relationship with my father."
"I remember playing videogames in my difficult childhood days. I remember how the unpleasant world of adults loomed around me and made me feel vulnerable," Caballero continues. "But I did not feel like that when I was playing as Mario: I felt powerful and in control of a fantastic world. I loved defeating bosses that were larger than life to me, and today I thank you Miyamoto; now is my time to give back."
Pretty remarkable stuff to try and communicate through a video game. We'll be watching Papo & Yo closely in the coming months. In the meantime, check out the first trailer for the game below.