‘Cocoon’: The New Sci-Fi Thriller That’s Worth Getting Excited About
Geometric Interactive, the studio founded by former Playdead employees Jeppe Carlsen and Jakob Schmid, has unveiled their highly anticipated debut game, Cocoon. Demonstrated at Summer Game Fest 2023, Cocoon offers a unique and captivating gameplay experience that left a lasting impression on attendees.
Carlsen, known for his work as the lead gameplay designer on the critically acclaimed puzzle platformers Limbo and Inside, teamed up with Schmid, the audio programmer behind Inside, to create Cocoon. The duo previously collaborated on the minimalist indie platformer 140. Over the course of five years, with a small team based in Denmark, they have meticulously crafted Cocoon into an extraordinary gaming experience.
True to the studio’s signature style, Cocoon features simplified controls and minimal interactivity. Players navigate the game world using an analog stick and interact with the environment using a single button, reminiscent of the mechanics found in Limbo, Inside, and 140. The focus lies in the environment and exploration, with the absence of dialogue and tutorials contributing to the immersive nature of the game. Similar to titles like Tunic and Hyper Light Drifter, Cocoon offers a sense of discovery and mystery.