Double Fine CEO Tim Schafer is well-known for his whacky game creations, like Psychonauts and the more recent Brutal Legend. Now the development studio has announced Costume Quest, an RPG/Adventure to be released in partnership with THQ.
Costume Quest takes place on Halloween and revolves around young trick-or-treaters as they collect battle stamps, points, cards, take quests from strangers in the neighborhood and, of course, gather candy. Most of which is used for power-ups in Combat Mode where battles appear to be surreal and take place in the hero's imagination. The kids become more powerful, giant, exaggerated versions of their costumes.
For instance, the kid dressed as a robot becomes a giant blue mech, while the kid dressed as a knight becomes something reminiscent of White Knight Chronicles. They'll be able to use these powers to fight various monsters in suburban neighborhoods, shopping malls, and a carnival. Players will be able to customize their four-man party to an extent by finding costume pieces around the map.
The project is the brainchild of Double Fine lead animator Tasha Harris, and she will be leading the project. Costume Quest is in isometric view and has been compared to old-school SNES games like Earthbound and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Naturally Tim Schafer is on board, so expect to see creative wackyness throughout. Don't expect Brutal Legend 2, but it is supposedly unique, funny and warm. With a unique premise and packed with charm, Costume Quest could become a must-buy this fall.
Schafer implied that even though their upcoming projects are download-only games, Double Fine's standard of quality will certainly not drop:
"We wanted to make a big impression with these, our first downloadable games ever, so we are coming out swinging with two great adventures from two of the most creative minds in the company."
Release date is scheduled for this Halloween, but you probably expected that, right?