Will Wright, the visionary behind The Sims franchise and the creator of Spore, is getting back into games design with his new studio, Super Fun Club. At E3, Wright revealed that this new title, which is ‘likely’ to hit tablets, smartphones, and Facebook according to UK news site Eurogamer, is based on science fiction author Bruce Sterling’s “Maneki Neko.”

"He describes a karmic computer that's keeping a balance of payments between different people, and causing them to interact with each other in interesting ways to improve their lives even though they're strangers," Wright told Eurogamer in an interview. "They earn karmic points that are redeemed by having somebody else help them."

The game doesn’t have a name yet, but it should be out within a year. Wright said as much on the record, kinda, as he explained his thoughts on how the conventional development model is morphing into one that demands quick production as opposed to slow, two-year cycles.

The Maneki Neko is a Japanese sculpture of a cat with its paw raised to the air. In the short story of the same name, this gesture is some sort of sign of a secretive AI-based gift economy. Talk about a wild premise for a game, right?

Wright is an inventive guy with a lot of off-the-wall game ideas and thoughts -- this one included. It’ll be neat to see him on phones and tablets since these are part of a handful of platforms that allow for this next level type of craziness without significant financial repercussions. I’m excited to see what he can do, too.

[Via Eurogamer]

  • Zandog

    If anyone knows Will Wrights past, let's hope a publisher doesn't get a hold of his genius work and dumb it down like they did with Spore.

    • The Truth

      maxis belongs to ea. you can't get much worse than that.

      ok, maybe activision.

  • Fredrik Jackson

    I hope they'll make a Sims for iPad soon. I really miss it. It's not the same to run the iPhone/iPod games in 2x. I want a bigger, better game for iPad.

  • http://ceoworld.biz/ceo/ Lila Oestreicher

    Not sure how I feel about this guy. He's made some great games and took the simulation genre to its pinnacle, but rather than saying "We have to go deeper!" he just watered down and started mass producing.

    • MikaMobile

      I dunno if that's really fair.  I think he (and maxis) have at least tried to do new things.  Even though Spore was pretty lousy, at least it was ambitious and different.  You can't strike gold with every idea though.

  • Anonymous

    I totally have respect for this brilliant man, but his expression in that photo pretty much sums up how I feel about his games (or anything after Sim City basically).

  • http://www.facebook.com/PixelShock Stephen Harrell

    He makes some fantastic games.  But that doesn't change the fact that 1978 called and wants it's eye-glasses back.

  • http://jarinudom.com Jarin Udom

    According to Wikipedia and some interviews on other sites, the name of his company is actually "Stupid Fun Club"