Zwei: first art for Mikami’s gloomy new survival horror
It’s been a tricky few years for Shinji Mikami. After cementing his position in the gaming hall of fame with a masterful reinterpretation with Resident Evil 4, he’s bounced around a number of studios, working on projects that haven’t quite matched his previous high standards.
After Resi 4, Mikami made God Hand with Clover Studios, Vanquish with Platinum Games and then Shadows of the Damned with Grasshopper Manufacturer. All very interesting games, but quickly forgotten.
Mikami is now at Tango Gameworks, a studio he formed in 2010 for making multi-platform AAA games. The studio boasts devs who have worked on some of Japan’s biggest series, including Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy and Okami. Tango was acquired by ZeniMax in October 2010.
The debut game for the studio was announced earlier this week. It’s a survival horror going under the codename Zwei. Mikami has revealed some details about it in an interview with Japanese site Famitsu.
“At present, we’ve at last cleared the initial phase. Regarding art creation, we’re already getting a very good atmosphere. We’re extremely confident about the graphics this time. Of course, we can’t recreate the same quality as shown in these image boards, but we can deliver game screens with atmosphere that is close to this. There are still mountains of inadequate areas, though, so we’ll have to work with the designers on brushing these up.” – translation via Andriasang
The first artwork for Zwei clearly shows a gloomy and eerie atmosphere.
More details can also be found on the Tango website:
“Our latest project’s codename is “Zwei” and it is a survival horror game.
The above image is a collage of different environments we put together for this announcement and is intended to give a feel for the tone and the direction the production is taking. (However, neither the code name nor the image is intended to tell you exactly what is in the game.)
As a master of the ‘survival horror’ genre, Shinji Mikami is committed to making a game that is the realization of pure survival horror, an experience which he defines as one that pushes the limits of fear and exhilaration. He and his team at Tango are committed to attaining this vision.”
It was also accompanied by the image below, which should hopefully spark some excitement from Mikami fans. He sounds excited to be back developing survival horror. This can only be good news for us.