‘An imaginative love story’
Annapurna Interactive might hold claim to a prestigious-yet-regrettable crown within games: It’s the publisher that consistently funds incredible projects but kind of goes unnoticed. Annapurna has been around for three years now. In that time, here’s a sampling of some games it has published: What Remains of Edith Finch, Gorogoa, Florence, Donut County, Outer Wilds, Telling Lies, Sayonara Wild Hearts, and Wattam.
Although we only have a trailer thus far, the latest game to be announced seems like it could fit in with that fine company. It’s called Maquette and it’s a first-person puzzler where shifting perspectives fuels the whole experience. Developer Graceful Decay describes it as “set in a recursive world where players experience the life cycle of a loving relationship” and that “[the] narrative takes players through an adventure of love, loss, and acceptance.”
At first glance, there looks to be a parallel to be drawn between the recently-released Superliminal and Maquette. The angle of both games is manipulating size to make things fit. However, whereas Superliminal stuck to the confines of a Portal-like testing center, Maquette breaks out into a fairy tale imaginationland. It’s a more inspired choice.
Maquette is said to be “coming soon,” but there’s no confirmation of which platforms it’ll land on. Nevertheless, it looks like Annapurna has another hit on its hands.