During a recent interview, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer foretold the coming of four new games from the developer, each spanning a different genre and being a smaller production than some of their past fare, such as Brütal Legend. Today, the first of those four games has been revealed.
The game is known as Costume Quest, and will be published by THQ this fall as a downloadable title for the Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network services. In addition, the deal struck between the two entities will see another title, a third-person adventure, released in early 2011.
“We wanted to make a big impression with these, our first downloadable games ever,” said CEO Tim Schafer. “So we are coming out swinging with two great adventures from two of the most creative minds in the company.”
“We are delighted to work with the creative genius of Tim Schafer and the entire Double Fine studio,” said Martin Good, executive VP of THQ Kids, Family, Casual Games, and Global Online Services. “Delivering high-quality content across a variety of digital distribution platforms is an important growth initiative for us, and we are pleased to do so with two titles whose potential appeal could encompass both hardcore and casual players.”
Though little, if anything, is known about next year’s title, Costume Quest is an adventure/role playing game which takes place on All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween night, for the laymen), and players take on the role of young trick-or-treaters who are out to collect a variety of trinkets from their neighbors. These include not only candy, but points, battle stamps, cards, and even quest assignments.
The collection of these items will allow the children to power-up into giant superpowered versions of their respective costumes, with which they will combat monsters across a variety of settings, such as shopping malls, a carnival, and of course, suburban neighborhoods.
Leading the project is Double Fine’s lead animator, Tasha Harris, who is but one of a small group of employees who are now spearheading their own projects. As for Schafer, he’ll be on hand as needed in order to provide a supporting role.
1UP has the exclusive preview, with screenshots and more information. They note that the title “feels familiar — like a lost SNES role-playing adventure ported in high-definition 3D — and laugh out loud funny — like Double Fine’s catalogue.”
Halloween is just two and a half months away, as of this writing. One can hope that the Double Fine and THQ teams will be able to make the date which this very title celebrates.