Papo & Yo announced exclusively for the PlayStation Network
The game follows the adventures of a boy named Quico and his best friend, Monster who is this massive pink rhino-esque creature. You see, Monster is addicted to poisonous frogs that make him turn into this scary killing machine that will destroy anything in its path, and Quico wants to help out his friend by finding a cure.
Papo & Yo is part puzzler, part platformer as you try to fix your friend. Depending on Monster’s mood, he can either help you or hurt you in certain situations. If he’s in a good mood, then you’re more likely to get a hand with the task in front of you. If he’s hungry, he’ll probably be occupied in looking for food. Should he find a poisonous frog, well, let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.
The game is being developed in partnership with Sony’s Pub Fund, a program that allows independent developers to create games with the help of Sony. Basically, Sony matches the development budget with guaranteed royalties although the studio still retains ownership of the IP, etc. Popular titles including Burn, Zombie, Burn! were created with the help of Sony’s Pub Fund.
“We formed Minority because we saw an opportunity to create complex and evocative gameplay experiences, and Papo & Yo is our first chance to prove how emotionally connected a game can be,” said Vander Caballero, Minority Creative Director. “Our team has a robust background in both AAA and independent titles, and our partnership with the Sony Pub Fund has allowed us to really stretch our wings.”
“Papo & Yo is a perfect match for the Sony Pub Fund,” said Justin Cooney, Senior Account Manager for Developer Relations, Sony Online Entertainment. “Our entire game analysis team absolutely loved the title and unanimously declared ‘We want to work with these people.’ The Minority team and its debut title is a representation of the kind of industry innovators we’re looking for, and we’re all very excited to see the final product in action!”
We kinda have to agree with Justin on this one. Papo & Yo looks like nothing we’ve seen before, and we can’t help but be intrigued by its rather unique style. Sony always seems to be taking big chances with these less familiar titles and with the help from programs such as Pub Fund, more and more developers are given the opportunity to publish them. It’s a win-win scenario for both the developers and gamers alike.
Papo & Yo will be shown at E3 next week, and PS3 Attitude will be there to give you our hands-on impressions of the game. Judging by the teaser trailer, we can’t help but be a little excited.