Featured during Developer Day 2021, Vokabulantis makes use of traditional stop-motion animation to bring the puzzle platformer to life.
Announced during Summer Games Fest 2021, Vocabulary is an upcoming puzzle platformer created with stop-motion.
Created as a collaboration between animation studio Wired Fly Animation and game developer Orange Kong, Vocabulary will task players to fill the shoes of a boy and a girl as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The game has been designed around the two-player cooperative mode, but players can switch characters at will if they wish to play the game alone.
Although not much is currently known about Vocabulary, the game’s biggest selling point is its unique animation style. Orange Kong has cited games like Little nightmares Y Unravel as the inspiration behind their next platformer and while those games share similarities in the game, it’s the animation that does Vocabulary unique. The game uses traditional stop-motion animation techniques that have been recontextualized for the video game development process.
The trailer shown during the Developer Day presentation highlights how characters are moved and captured before undergoing a mapping process that allows animations to be synchronized with player controls.
Developer Kong Orange previously worked on Felix the reaper weather Wired Flies Animation has released several short films, all made with stop-motion techniques. The current development team at Vocabulary There are currently six people, although that number is expected to increase and decrease at various points in the production process.
Vocabulary expected to launch in 2024. Available platforms have not yet been confirmed by the developer.
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