In an interview with Joystiq, Reiker revealed that the new team will return to the shmup genre in 2014, with another "Japanese-Hungarian co-development" codenamed Project Verona. "It will be more conservative in its gameplay and less ambiguous in its storytelling," Reiker notes, though he adds that it will also branch out from the conventions of the genre.
But before that larger-scale project, Prior is working on a series of "microgames" for phones and tablets, with presentation inspired by Nintendo's minimal bit.Generations and Art Style series. The first game is Rotolla (above), coming to iOS in early February. As Reiker describes it, it's "a hybrid of Tetris' gameplay and our mad love of hexagons since Super Hexagon." The title is a dual-language portmanteau of "rotation" and motolla, the Hungarian word for a spinner's weasel. It also features an original soundtrack from "company friend" Akira Yamaoka.
"Our plan is to release four microgames this year and a second wave of three titles next year," Reiker told us – all with simple visuals, to keep the scope of the project manageable.
- Key specs
- Type Smartphone
- Operating system iOS
- Screen size 4.7 inches
- Internal memory 16 GB
- Carriers (US) AT&T
- Dimensions 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in
- Weight 5.04 oz
- Released 2015-09-25