An easter egg in Unpacking has revealed the developer's next game

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Earlier this month, Australian indie studio Witch Beam posted a blog that mentioned an unfound easter egg in its game Unpacking. "A pixel art rendition of the key art for our next game exists somewhere inside Unpacking," the blog said, "and no one has found it yet!"

A couple of days later, easter egg-hunting YouTuber xGarbett turned up that easter egg. As some players had already figured out, you can turn on the game consoles in Unpacking and see fictional games Cactus Carts, Witch Sports, Android Cold War III, and Lash N' Dash. But turning on the Wii in the second apartment level revealed a game that may not exist yet, but isn't fictional: TemPoPo.

Described on Witch Beam's website as "Coming Soon", we don't know anything about TemPoPo yet. Both the name and the beamed notes in its logo suggest something musical, and Witch Beam does include noted composer Jeff van Dyck, whose credits include various Total War games, Alien: Isolation, and Skitchin'. The island in the cloud and cute pink Cave Bud-looking character seem reminiscent of heartwarming adventure Rakuen, which is quite a musical game too.

Before making a name for itself thanks to the life story told in moving boxes of Unpacking, Witch Beam was responsible for a twin-stick arcade shooter called Assault Android Cactus. A kinetic arcade laser disco, it was nothing like Unpacking, and it's entirely possible TemPoPo could be something completely different again.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.