By Joseph Leray
Last month, “Katamari Damacy” and “Noby Noby Boy” creator Keita Takahashi teased that his next game would be developed in conjunction with the Wild Rumpus -- a British group devoted to hosting events and tournaments for indie multiplayer games -- and debuted at GDC.
The Game Developers Conference isn’t until next week, but a few juicy morsels on the mystery game are available. For one, it’s called “Tenya Wanya Teens,” and it’s about growing up. “It’s a game about trying desperately to not say or do the wrong thing at the wrong time — that universal struggle to maintain the façade of normality during the awkward transition from child- to adulthood,” reads the game’s description on Venus Patrol.
It’s a two-player party game, apparently, that calls for specialized, custom-made 16-button gamepads.
The concept art for “Tenya Wanya Teens” is bright and cartoony and seems like perfect fit for a Wild Rumpus event. (I’ve never been to one, but I understand that they generally involve a lot of experimental multiplayer games and cans of Pabst.) Unfortunately, bespoke controllers are the kinds of hurdles that keep neato games out of my living room -- who’s going to publish or distribute something like that?
Still, Uvula -- that’s the company run by Takahashi and his wife, composer Asuka Sakai -- are exploring the possibility of some sort of official release, according to Venus Patrol, though those plans won’t be tackled until after GDC.