Concrete Genie will allow you to custom build these creatures almost from scratch, imbuing them with movement and personality depending on the shape of the creature you make. It's one of the more innovative features of this whimsical-looking game, and it's one developers PixelOpus (of Entwined fame) hopes will result in strong, emotional bonds between players and creatures. But how exactly will PixelOpus build that bond? How will they make you care about your monsters? We spoke to PixelOpus creative director Dominic Robilliard and art director Jeff Sangalli to find out more about how exactly Concrete Genie will (hopefully) connect you to its menagerie of strange creatures.
Do you have to feed them? Are they like Tamagotchi? You have to keep them happy?
DR: You know, we go back and forth on that. And I think because there is so much action in the game, we wanted to keep the flow as streamlined as possible. There's essentially a huge amount of interaction between the creatures and between them and the environment to discover, if you do want to chill out and hang out with them. But all of that stuff is not critical to progression. And so we've streamlined that. We didn't want it to feel like you have to do all that. But if you want to feed them and play with them, you can.
Can these creatures be hurt?
DR: One of the things that happens with bullies in the world is that when they're nearby, all of the color and the life and the movement just fades out of the paintings. And the same happens to the creatures. So they kind of get frozen. That's why the bullies are like a dynamic, roaming gameplay hindrance to you.