What is #UFO50? That was the question that's been on everyone's minds since Spelunky developer Derek Yu tweeted a mysterious screenshot alongside the hashtag. But now, we finally have an answer.
UFO 50 is a new collaborative project between Yu, Ojiro Fumuto (Downwell), Jon Perry (Time Barons), Eirik Suhrke (Skorpulac), and Paul Hubans (MADHOUSE). The collection, according to a new trailer released by Yu, will feature 50 games in total from the five developers. "Our goal is to combine a familiar 8-bit aesthetic with new ideas and modern game design sensibilities," reads the group game's website.
UFO 50's origins were mysterious at first, initially popping up weeks ago when Yu tweeted the hashtag #UFO50 succinctly, along with an accompanying screenshot. The world went a-flurry with excitement—at last, we were getting a new game from Yu. (Spelunky, his groundbreaking game, was first released way back in 2008 and remade in 2012.) Except now, that collective assumption lead observers down another path entirely: a communal one, due to other developers sharing hashtags with screenshots as well. Turns out, they weren't off-base, and they didn't have to wait too long for an answer this morning either.
UFO 50 is marked for release on PC in 2018 with future platform releases coming later, though a specific window remains unknown. The collection is sure to be an exciting one with its blend of platformers, shoot-'em-ups, and other games that dabble in their own unique subgenres. UFO 50 marks Yu's first major project from his days spent developing one of the most iconic modern games of all time.
Edit: Has been edited to reflect confirmed platforms.