Mike Bithell's next game, the mysterious Project 2, is definitely not coming out this year, although he plans to unveil it in the coming months. The Thomas Was Alone creator told Joystiq he's hoping to bring the game out in 2014, but noted he could be underestimating how long it'll take, so no promises. Bithell previously revealed it'll be playable at this year's Eurogamer Expo in London, scheduled for late September.
Codenamed Project 2, Bithell's latest endeavor isn't another jumping rectangle game. The British indie kept shush about what it is, but told us he has two big storytelling goals in mind for it. The first is to become a better writer; he acknowledged the acclaim Thomas Was Alone received, but noted it was his first project and feels he can improve. The second, which sounds particularly ambitious, is to give players the ability to spin their own yarns in the game.
"There's going to be a very strong authored story by me, I'm going to take my time and make that as good as I can get it," Bithell told us. "And then at the same time, the other big issue with Thomas was players couldn't make their own stories in the game. There was no room for players to choose how they played on that level, but even actually on the greater level of editability. It's one of the most requested features on Thomas: 'Can I have a level editor? Can I have a story editor so I can tell my own stories with this engine?' So I want to do that as well, I want to make a game that allows people to tell their own stories as well."
With the game still unannounced, platforms are up in the air, too, although Bithell told us he doesn't see it not coming to PC. Going by his ever-busy Twitter timeline, there's a good chance it'll come to PS4, on the back of his previous game's success on PS3 and Vita.