Double Fine’s indie game publishing arm Double Fine Presents makes a point of partnering up on projects that are really artsy and unique, like Mountain ($0.99) from David O’Reilly or GNOG ($2.99) from KO_OP Mode, to name just a couple of examples that are on mobile. And that theme is definitely alive in well in the latest project that they’ve announced called KIDS in partnership with production company Playables. To use their own description, “KIDS is an experimental project about the psychology of the group. The final products are an interactive animation, a short film and an exhibition." That interactive animation will come in the form of a game that’ll launch on iOS, Android, Mac and PC sometime later this year. And did I mention that KIDS is kind of a trip? Check out this teaser.
Double Fine Presents: KIDS, a game about the psychology of crowds from @playabls — the creators of Plug & Play — coming to iOS, Android, Pc and Mac later this year! https://t.co/7EYHwKEzCo pic.twitter.com/1t72aHwumv
— Double Fine (@DoubleFine) May 22, 2018
If that animation style looks familiar, it’s because Playables is co-founded by Michael Frei who you may know from the award winning short films Not About Us and Plug & Play, the latter of which was turned into a short interactive game that was launched on the App Store back in 2015. The other half of Playables is none other than Mario von Rickenbach, who is known for creating games like Mirage, Krautscape, Drei and Rakete which you can find out more about on his website. Besides the game and short film, the third pillar of KIDS was a physical art exhibition that ran from February 3rd to March 4th this year at the Museum of Digital Arts (MuDA) in Zürich, Switzerland. You can find more information, photos, and video of the art exhibit as well as more on the game and short film on the KIDS press page, and look for the mobile and desktop release of the game portion at some point later this year.