In Sea of Solitude, loneliness changes people. Its protagonist, Kay, has become so lonely she turns into a monster. You take her on a journey to find other monsters and discover the origin of her curse.
Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president at Electronic Arts, announced that Sea of Solitude would be published as the second game in EA Originals. Earlier this year, when the EA Originals program was announced, Söderlund explained that its goal was to find “first-time experiences that are unique, gorgeous, innovative and memorable,” and bring them into the public eye and into players’ hands. Here’s what he had to say about the decision to take on Sea of Solitude:
Like many of you, I saw the first glimpses of Sea of Solitude last year. I was stunned by the intensity of the imagery and the emotional view into the universe of Kay, the central character. We follow her journey as she finds out that her biggest enemies are not the ones she comes across as she explores the Sea of Solitude, but something even more dangerous. Its combination of beauty and rawness is unlike any game I’ve played before.
Like Fe, our first EA Originals title, Sea of Solitude captures the essence of the games we want players to discover through EA Originals. We are celebrating the passion and talent of the amazing creators in our industry, and enabling them to bring unique and memorable stories to the world. Often that’s brought to life in the narrative of a game, but sometimes, it’s the story of the individuals themselves. With Sea of Solitude, it was both – a story so personal and human, and one that carries a powerful message. Jo-Mei insisted it needed to be told, and I couldn’t agree more.
Cornelia Geppert, co-founder of Jo-Mei Games, talks about the inspirations and plans for Sea of Solitude in the video above. She also has this to say about Kay’s experience.
“Sea of Solitude is by far the most artistic and personal project I’ve ever created. At times it is very challenging to dig that deep into your own feelings like core fears, longing and anger, but at the same time it is the most fulfilling thing to express those very feelings by putting it to people through art.”
There’s no news yet about when we can expect Sea of Solitude to arrive, but more news is sure to arrive in the months to come. We’ll be watching its development eagerly.[h/t Polygon]