RHIANNA PRATCHETT DETAILS HER UPCOMING PROJECT
Rhianna Pratchett has, for a spell, stepped away from triple-a videogame production. After wrapping Rise Of The Tomb Raider, she has started lending her talent to film and TV – though that isn’t to say that she has left gaming behind entirely. In fact, Pratchett is currently working on an independent production entitled Lost Words. It looks to be a match made in heaven.
“Lost Words takes place in the journal of a young girl. It’s partly about what’s going on in her real world; she’s kind of creating this fantasy world to help process what she’s going through, and you access that fantasy world by basically climbing through the pages of her journal,” Pratchett tells us, who notes that the small team at Sketchbook Games has been working with the Wellcome Trust to ensure that it gets the details right. “That fantasy world is sort of shaped by the emotions that she’s going through.”
It’s a game all about words. They form the basis of the platforms that you need to navigate, they help solve puzzles and they can even take form in the fantasy world around you. It’s a beautiful game, smart in its use of narrative form and traditional game structure – though that isn’t to say that development has necessarily been easy. “It’s been a lot harder than any of us imagined,” admits Pratchett. “Because narrative is so twinned with gameplay, trying to make the narrative sound natural and as if it has come from a journal of a young woman, while also being functional in terms of what’s needed for gameplay, has been one of the biggest challenges.”
Lost Words has been quietly in development for a number of years now and has an all-star team behind it. The results are pretty startling and, while it doesn’t have a firm release date just yet, we’ve been assured that it’s on the near horizon.