Peter Molyneux’s 22Cans studio has shared first details on its latest game, a sort of creativity-focussed industrialist sim called Legacy.
Legacy is 22Cans’ fourth title, following on from the fairly well-received hiking oddity The Trail, the ill-fated Godus, and whatever the hell Curiosity was supposed to be. Its unveiling comes via of a lengthy, if rather light on detail, video reveal from Red Bull Gaming, which you can see below.
In the video, Molyneux explains that Legacy is inspired by his very first game, The Entrepreneur – a sim, released in 1984, about growing a business. Legacy considerably fleshes out that early idea, initially casting players as small-time inventors squirrelled away in a garage workshop.
Legacy appears to be a game of two halves, with one portion, which unfolds directly within the workshop, focussed on creative freedom. Here, players able to combine various pre-fabricated building elements to create anything that takes their fancy – whether that be a toy bear or a telephone. At some point, however, Legacy shifts gears and turns into something more closely resembling an industrialist sim.
Once those early inventions begin to sell in sufficient numbers, players will need to expand to larger premises, eventually hiring workers, securing resources, and building factories, in order to grow their business empire. Eventually, certain moral conundrums will emerge, forcing players to make decisions about whether they’re a good employer or bad employer as they climb the ladder toward corporate supremacy.
And that’s pretty much all that’s been revealed so far. As such, it’s kind of hard to get a sense of Legacy’s final form, and whether it’s aiming more toward novelty tinkering, richer business sim, or some strange spot in-between. Its core premise sounds solidly appealing though, and its bold, colourful art style is a delight. Hopefully the underlying game can do both justice.
There’s no release date for Legacy yet, but early word seems to suggest it’s aiming for launch on PC and mobiles first, with other platforms to follow.