Last month, we reported that 5th Cell, the brilliant minds behind Scribblenauts, would be releasing a follow-up to the innovative Drawn to Life, released in 2007. We also mentioned that 5th Cell cofounder Jeremiah Slaczka stated that Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter would be the company’s last handheld console effort before moving on to home consoles. In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Slaczka elaborated on that statement and revealed plans for 5th Cell’s Xbox Live Arcade Debut.
In terms of the company’s home console debut, Slaczka mentioned that 5th Cell’s first foray would be a downloadable game for XBLA. He stated that the game was “going to be pretty big.” Slaczka expressed excitement about the new project, but he made it clear that the game was nowhere near finished, and that it wasn’t ready to be announced just yet.
While the move to home consoles is a step towards reaching a larger market, Slaczka stated that the company wants to retain its indie feel despite wanting to achieve big-budget status. I’d love to be large,” stated Slaczka. “We still want to do original stuff. We’ll always do original stuff. Self-funding, self-publishing. I don’t know, we’ll see where it goes.”
Because growing too big can sometimes impede originality, the goal is for 5th Cell to expand to a larger audience, but not necessarily increase in numbers itself. “We don’t grow just by hiring 200 people and firing them in six months after we don’t need them…growth for growth’s sake is stupid,” stated Slaczka.
In regards to handhelds, Slaczka said that he would do another DS title in the future, and that he still has ideas fit for the DS. For now, however, it seems that the company is intent on releasing home console titles, and the company’s big game for XBLA is the first step in that direction. It’s going to be interesting to see what the creative minds over at 5th Cell have in store for their home console debut.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com