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New PS4 Game, Hunger, and the Booming Scene of Scandinavia

by Ron Duwell | May 22, 2014May 22, 2014 8:30 pm PDT

Tarsier Studios, the studio behind the portable LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, has announced a new franchise for the PlayStation 4 called Hunger.

Being located in Sweden, the studio was eligible at the Nordic Game Conference and was funded the $500,000 needed to make the game. The Nordic Game Conference has sponsored a handful of other indie hits, including the popular monochrome platformer LIMBO.

Tarsier Studios describes the game on its official website as a “third-person 3D action adventure game with stealth and exploration elements,” and it follows the story of a kidnapped nine-year-old girl named Six who is forced to work at a surreal underwater resort called The Maw. The game features her breaking rom her imprisonment where she will find “a glimpse at the corrupt heart of modern happiness.”

“This is not only a huge vote of confidence from the Nordic Game Program expert group,” says CEO Ola Holmdahl. “The grant enables us to explore an idea we are deeply passionate about. Hunger holds fantastic potential, and our job now is to harness that promise into a great experience.”

Not much else is known about the game, but Tarsier Studios has some excellent concept work up and available at the game’s official website.

The French government recently tried to convince the world that it is the second most important country in the video game kingdom, but I argued that Canada and Japan were still light years ahead.

I’m going to add pretty much all of Scandinavia to that list too, especially Sweden. Granted, that’s four countries, but I’ll tell you my reasons: Minecraft, Angry Birds, Battlefield, Hitman, Just Cause, Mirror’s Edge, Star Wars Battlefront, Need For Speed, and a booming indie scene which includes LIMBO, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Hotline Miami, SteamWorld Dig, and the instant classic, Goat Simulator. All solid reasons why Scandinavia is taking over video games like a horde of angry vikings.

EA seems to have caught onto this trend before everyone else.

They got a lot of good things going for them up in the north. Hopefully, Hunger will only add to that list. Keep an eye out for more soon.


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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...


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