Former Rare developer and Conker's Bad Fur Day game designer Chris Seavor is working on a new 2D platformer for Wii U and 3DS.
Seavor and fellow ex-Rare man Shawn Pile have revealed The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup viaNintendoLife, set for a 2014 release.
Described as a 2D platformer "with depth" and "moments of dark humour", the game sees you help Rusty make his way through a range of obstacles.
"Rather than you're controlling him to get from A to B", explains Seavor, "you're controlling everything else to make sure that he doesn't die. Within that framework, you've got your traditional kind of gameplay - platforms that move, monsters that get out of the way, monsters which don't - but Rusty always has a relationship with you. You're the narrator. So in that way, it's like a God game - it's not strictly a God game, but it's got narration and this mysterious figure - which is you,' he described.
Seavor admitted he's being secretive with one of the game's "core" gameplay mechanics because "we don't know whether it works or not yet", and it may change. But he describes it as "something you do which will effect something else in the gameworld".
The game will also focus on narrative. "It's all very much about the story," says Seavor. "It's a very sad tale."
The game will be released as a digital title via the Wii U and 3DS eShops next year.