Dino Patti, co-founder and former CEO of Limbo and Inside developer Playdead, has announced Somerville, a new game from debut studio JUMPSHIP.
Details on Somerville are scarce at the moment, though the game is described as a “sci-fi action adventure that chronicles the lives of key individuals in the wake of a global catastrophe.” In line with this billing, early concept footage available on the game’s Tumblr page suggests that it will be a 2D side-scroller with stealth and combat elements.
Somerville is a passion project for animator and artist Chris Olsen, who first began work on the title in 2014. By 2016, Olsen had created a proof of concept trailer and playable prototype that was used to woo Patti into collaborating on the project. Despite already being in development for three years, Somerville is still relatively early in production, with JUMPSHIP currently scaling up with an array of job openings available.
The goal for the studio is to gather a group of experienced developers and explore “the creative possibilities of” gaming to use the medium as “as a tool to question the human condition.”
Alongside the announcement, the developers released a teaser trailer for the project, showing off a low-poly artstyle that blends a homely, rural aesthetic with high science-fiction elements in an alluring combination. Unfortunately, the trailer fails to provide any further clues about the gameplay or story of the title: