German publisher Daedalic Entertainment has announced AER, in development by Swedish studio Forgotten Key.
In AER, you play as Auk, a young girl with the ability to transform into a bird and fly around the world. That’s a pretty useful skill to have, as the world in question is made of a series of floating islands. Gameplay is described as a blend of action adventure and flight exploration, all wrapped up in a low-poly 3D artstyle that looks rather gorgeous. Check it out for yourself in the announcement screenshots below.
Along Auk’s journey to recover something called the “Memories of the Past”, she’ll encounter other shape-shifters, explore ancient ruins and battle dark creatures. It looks rather intriguing in the shots, though we won’t have a better idea of how it actually plays in motion until we see some gameplay footage. Forgotten Key is a small studio, consisting of only 6 people, though their previous work has apparently seen them winning a competition called the Game Concept Challenge 3 years in a row. We’ve not heard of the Game Concept Challenge before, but a little googling reveals it to be a Swedish game design competition that carries a prize of between 10,000 and 20,000 Swedish Kroner (the equivalent of around $1200/ $2400, or £800/ £1600). It’s been running for three years, so that means Forgotten Key has taken the prize every year since its inception.
Unfortunately, we have quite a long time to wait before being able to play the game – AER isn’t due out until 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Still, just look at those screenshots! It’s like a blend of Reatikon, Ico and Legend of Zelda. If Forgotten Key manages to make the final game as compelling to explore as any of those, they could have something very special on their hands.