Will Wright, the creator of SimCity, The Sims, and Spore, has unveiled his new game, Proxi, and is looking for an artist.
His games have always been high-concept: from building houses and running the lives of miniature people, to creating cities and managing economies, to fostering the evolution of life in a galaxy.
Wright describes Proxi:
“This is in some sense a game of self-discovery, a game where we actually uncover the hidden you – your subconscious, your inner ID, and bring it to the surface, bring it to life so you can interact with it, you can play with it, you can learn from it and it can learn about you.
We do this primarily by pulling out the memories from your past, those unique things that happen in your life that make you who you are.”
Check out his pitch for the game:
The official website for Proxi goes into a little more detail about the game. It involves setting up little bubbles of memory, called “mems,” and configuring an AI out of your own experiences – lofty stuff!
Finally, the competition that Wright mentions in his pitch video is here. It’s an art challenge in order to find the artist to create the game’s little memory scenes.
In a surprising show of speed, the game is due out later this year.