Goichi “Suda 51” Suda will attend Gamescom 2019, which runs from August 20 to 24 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany, to discuss “Project Infinito,” a joint collaboration between video game universities Vantan Game Academy in Japan and Vigamus Academy / Link Campus University in Italy.
Project Infinito tasks students from the two universities to work together to deliver games directed by Suda, who teaches at each school. The students came up with pitches and presented them to Suda, and two concepts were eventually chosen. The games, Lullaby and Cosmo Express, are made by a mixed team composed of students from both Japan and Italy.
Here is an overview of each title:
Lullaby tells the story of Anne, a little girl gifted with the power of an incredibly vivid imagination—but is it a gift, or a curse? Anne is not an ordinary little girl and her thoughts exaggerate what she sees to the point of transfiguring themselves and do harm to her. A vacuum cleaner could become a soul-devouring monster, dolls are much more deadlier than they seem and even a friendly Shiba Inu possibly conceals a very bizarre secret.
The rooms of Anne’s house hide much more than meets the eye, and the player is left alone in this madness with only a gas lamp at disposal. Once the gas lamp runs out of fuel, things will get very bad for Anne, and it’s up to the player to protect her.
Cosmo Express (Screenshots)
Cosmo Express, as the name suggests, is a game set in space, aboard a very strange train. On Cosmo Express you will need to escort a VIP—a bratty alien queen—all while also taking care of a mysterious thief that sneaked onto the train. Meanwhile, you will engage conversations with snake people from distant planets, quirky robots and so on. The game, which takes place in retro-styled train coaches, will see the player navigating from seat to seat, gathering clues and expanding their knowledge of the lore, but expect many surprises from an action and gameplay standpoint.
Watch a set of trailers below.