Playdead, the developer of highly acclaimed indie titles, Limbo and Inside, has begun teasing its next game.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, the company unveiled the first piece of concept art, which adheres to the muted colour palette of its previous games.

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The image depicts what appears to be an astronaut dragging some kind of netting behind it as it struggles up an incline. At the same time, the character glances skyward, where a meteorite tears through the atmosphere.

This first tease provides few clues, though the perspective may indicate that Playdead is moving away from the 2D platforming of its previous titles in favour of a fully 3D environment. Given the developer’s history of obtuse storytelling, however, the ambiguity is, no doubt, intended.

The developer released a short message alongside the teaser, thanking players for the “warm reception” of Inside and saying that the studio head “Arnt Jensen and the team have been working on the next adventure” since release.

Playdead’s previous game, Inside, originally released in June last year, earning a perfect score from OnlySP’s Nick Calandra, who called it an “instant classic,” that will make players ” think and explore for much longer than the three to five hours it takes to complete.” The game was so involved that Joanna Nelius also conducted a narrative analysis that is well worth reading.

Given the early tease, another four-year development period, like that between Limbo and Inside, is unlikely, though Playdead is not ready to share any further details on its upcoming game.

Whatever the game turns out to be, OnlySP is sure to keep an eye on it. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest single player news.

Damien Lawardorn
Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at https://open.abc.net.au/people/21767

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