Inside (opens in new tab)creator Playdead is currently working on a science fiction project, it has been revealed.
Brought to our attention by a Resetera thread (opens in new tab), the news was originally reported by the Danish website computerworld.dk (opens in new tab), in a long-form interview with Playdead’s founder and director Arnt Jensen, about the history of the studio. During the course of the interview, he revealed that the game Playdead is currently working on is set in a science-fiction universe.
“Ideas come from everywhere—from everyone in the company,” said Jensen, translated from the original Danish. “The next game [is] a fairly lonely sci-fi game [set] somewhere in the universe."
The Computerworld article points out that this is part of an “open, idea-developing phase”, but a science fiction title stacks up with concept art that Playdead released in January last year (opens in new tab), which show a lonely figure exploring a bleak, alien-looking environment.
The interview also revealed further interesting facts about Playdead. The company has a relaxed and open working structure, similar to that which is claimed by Valve. Playdead currently has around 40 employees roughly divided equally between young designers and experienced industry veterans.
The article states that “No design manuals are used at Playdead. Even scheduling is very free.” Meanwhile, Jensen comments that “Especially the experienced [designers] think it's really cool that there are no deadlines." That said, he cautions, “They are required to be completely self-motivated. The team is expected to take ownership of the project and assist and support each other.”
The article also reveals why it took so long for Playdead to follow-up Limbo with Inside. "We try to keep production fresh all the time by having new ideas,” says Jensen, while Playdead producer Mads Wibroe points out. “There is no one who says: ‘It's a shame that your game is not done, but it has to be released now.’"
Hence, chances are it will be some time before we see Playdead’s new game in action. The current milestone Playdead is working toward is a small game demo to be shared internally at the start of 2019. Given that it was six years before Playdead followed up Limbo with Inside, don’t hold your breath for a glimpse of their next game anytime soon.