Bright and bouncy befriend ’em up Wattam is expected to hit the Epic Games Store in December, according to a tweet by its publisher, Annapurna Interactive. There’s no word on whether Epic plan to hit it back.
I won’t lie. I’ve been paying this no attention whatsoever, but even just a few moments of the below trailer was enough to convince me I should. It came out during the PlayStation State of Play livestream last night, but we won’t hold that against it.
Its developers, Funomena, previously released Luna, an optionally-VR kinda gardening game. Wattam looks a bit livelier: a playful light puzzler about befriending lots of strange animated cartoon trees, mouths, and uh, toilets. You really ought to see it in motion, it looks simply irresistible.
Singleplayer and coop modes will work together as you can switch back and forth at will, guiding the Mayor around a bouncy world with all these strange but cheerful characters. Puzzles or not, there’s clearly a strong emphasis on mucking about, and their use of the line “Learn to have fun again!” definitely sounds welcome. It all gets a bit serious in gamesworld sometimes.
Wattam is described on its store pages as “from the imagination of Keita Takahashi”, aka the director of the first two Katamari games, which isn’t at all surprising. The shorter trailer released in 2017 gives a strong Katamari vibe even to me, which is impressive considering I never played them.