20th Century Fox announces new indie fund
Mind-bending gravity-puzzle title Etherborn will be its first project.
FoxNext Games, the publishing and game developing department from 20th Century Fox, has announced today the creation of a funding program directed towards indie developers and their creations. The first title to be included in this fund will be Etherborn, from Barcelona based indie studio Altered Matter.
According to today’s press release, Fox’s new fund will aim to provide resources for development and publishing towards studios “who are taking creative risks in the field of games”. And based on what we’ve been able to see from Etherborn, this is clearly a case of just that. “As passionate creators of games, we’ve been searching for like-minded developers focused on innovation, experimentation and a certain amount of creative risk,” said TQ Jefferson, Vice President, External Development, FoxNext Games.
Etherborn is a 3D puzzle platformer with truly unique concepts and narrative. In a few words, it looks fantastic. Set in a dream-like world and based on the genre of gravity-puzzle, this game challenges our minds with gravity-shifting platforms and structures, as we control a voiceless being that follows a soothing bodiless voice that calls us and tries to help us reach its location.
Etherborn’s narrative was described as a journey to understand how “knowledge and language misshapen us as people”, set in an intriguing world filled with different mind-bending challenges to tackle as we progress through the game. This setting has been defined as an “environmental Rubik’s Cube that you need to explore, manipulate and shift perspective on in order to decipher the way forward”.
This title will be available sometime in Spring 2019 for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.