Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Is a Medditeranean Getaway Tale From Monument Valley's Devs

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Is a Medditeranean Getaway Tale From Monument Valley's Devs

Today's Summer Game Fest stream brought a reveal for this summer yarn.

As part of the Summer Game Fest, today's Day of the Devs presentation saw lots of developers working from home choose to give updates from the great outdoors (including Double Fine's Tim Schafer, who crawled into a cardboard fort in a yard). One of those outdoorsy devs was David Fernandez Huerta of Monument Valley makers Ustwo Games, who revealed the studio's new title, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure.

As the name suggests, Alba itself will focus on nature, with themes of pollution and preservation. "When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is ready for a peaceful summer of wildlife exploration with her friend Ines," reads the game's short description on Steam. "But when she sees an animal in danger, she realises she needs to do something about it!"

The short reveal trailer also pans over what looks to be a petition for an "island cleanup initiative," laid out next to a camera and a guide to spotting Mediterranean wildlife. There's no real look at what Alba's gameplay will entail, but those conspicuous instant film prints suggest it might scratch a similar shutterbug itch to Pokemon Snap or Umurangi Generation.

A Day of the Devs press release notes that Alba is being worked on by a 25-person team at Ustwo, but credits Huerta and programmer Kirsty Keatch as the title's creators. Alba's story takes inspiration from their own experiences of Mediterranean summers as kids.

Planned for release this winter, this environment-conscious adventure will also continue Ustwo's trend of targeting Apple devices, with a launch planned across iOS, tvOS, and Mac. Alba will also come to PC and some yet-unspecified consoles, too.

Ustwo's most recent release, the puzzle game Assemble With Care, was released last year shortly after the studio came under fire from an ex-employee and the UK branch of Game Workers Unite. In October, programmer Austin Kelmore accused Ustwo of firing him for his union ties. Ustwo, which characterizes itself as a cross between a company and family, or "fampany," denied that Kelmore's dismissal had to do with his union efforts.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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