At the EA Play Press Conference today, EA announced their dedication to supporting smaller studios and indie projects with “EA Originals.”
EA first dipped their toes in the waters of indie producing with Unraveled last year, a cute and colorful game which received no small amount of praise. Check out our review of the game here.
With the general success Unravel afforded them, EA announced today their dedication to helping share smaller studios’ work with the world with their EA Original Program, starting with a new project from Swedish Studio Zoink called Fe.
Zoink’s CEO and Creative Director Klaus Lyngeled spoke to the game.
“At its heart, Fe is a personal narrative about our relationship with nature,” he said. “It’s a story that reminds us that everything in this world is connected, living in a delicate balance that is constantly under threat.”
Lyngeled said that Fe‘s narrative is a story without words and you are tasked with learning the music of the creatures around you in order to communicate and learn more about the forest as well as your place in it.
Unfortunately, you are not the only newcomer to the forest. The “Silent Ones” have come as well and threaten not only you but the entire natural order of the forest. It’s up to you to evade them using your own stealth and cunning in order to traverse through the game world.
Fe isn’t a game that holds your hand, Lyngeled stated. In fact, the team at Zoink is dedicated to letting you play the game your way.
“We’re not going to hold your hand. The game won’t tell you where to go, what to do, or what to think,” he said, promising your own game experience that will “leave you scared, amazed and delighted.”
What do you think, single players? Is this a good move for EA and the studios it helps? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to stick with OSP through our E3 coverage over the next few days.