May 23rd, 2012 | By Chris Priestman
Since Peter Molyneux stepped down from his position at Lionhead Studios there has been many questions directed towards him about what he’ll do next. The only answer that has been received so far is that he is working at a new start-up called 22 Cans and that he is interested in developing for mobile platforms. It seems he couldn’t resist the charms of Lewis Denby at Imperial College London’s Games and Media Event this morning though as he revealed that the studio were working on 22 Experiments to Beefjack.
This is a project of 22 parts that will be gradually released digitally in order to build up towards the final product that 22 Cans are working on. The first of these experiments is expected to be released in “about six weeks” though he never stated any platforms.
There were no more details of significance revealed, but you can probably draw the direction that Molyneux is going with his most recent projects from the talk he gave:
“Our whole passion [at 22 Cans] is to use some of the technology which is around in the world today in a single product and a single experience, in a way that no one else has used it,” he said.
“I am fed up to the back teeth of consuming other people’s visions – of directors’ and screenwriters’ ideas of what a hero should be; of novelists writing stories that they think are good, but I think are rubbish. Why can’t we have stories about me? I want to have my own unique experiences.
“When I put my son to bed at night, the best story I can tell is a story that I make up, and that’s a story about his life. And he lovs it. That’s the story I want. I don’t want another James Bond film, I don’t want another Avengers.”
“Please don’t take what I’ve said too literally – it’s not a storybook called ‘whatever your name is’. It’s a bit more subtle than that,” he said as a means to alleviate any hasty conclusions.
“I love this one thought, and I have experimented with this in previous games, that you find out more about yourself while being engaged with this experience than [you would] with anything else. And we all love finding out about ourselves – whether it’s through personality tests, or someone turning around to you and saying X, Y and Z.”
Whatever it is that 22 Cans are working on, it sounds like we’re in for something quite different – though you can never be sure with Molyneux – fingers crossed!