Katamari Damacy Creator's Newest Game, Wattam, Rolls Into a Release Window
For those who haven't been keeping wraps on the latest works from Katamari Damacy's creator, Keita Takahashi, he's been rather busy. Takahashi has been putting together a game named Wattam with his team at developer Funomena, a studio previously known for an artsy VR game named Luna. Wattam's been in the works for several years now, but we won't have to wait much longer for it. Served up by Sony during their latest State of Play address, Wattam has received a new gameplay trailer and release window, finally slating the game for release before the year is out. It's being published by Annapurna Interactive, the folks behind published titles like Edith Finch, Donut County, and other indie hits. If you're a fan of the Katamari games, suffice it to say that Wattam looks right up your alley.
Wattam is essentially a game all about friendship. First revealed at the PlayStation Experience 2014, the game has been in the works for some time now, receiving a smattering of other trailers across different E3s. The game has you playing as the Mayor, a green block with a top-hat. The planet he resided on self destructs as soon as the game begins, leaving the Mayor alone on a desolate planet aside from a single cloud. It's through said cloud that the Mayor discovers he can bring the world back to life by interacting with things and linking them together, creating huge explosions of confetti that draw in more characters to the planet, and more things to interact with. Describing it now, it does sound an awful lot like Katamari's setup, doesn't it? By interacting with the various things on the planet, you're basically becoming friends with them. Some characters and objects might even have requests for you, little missions to complete as you go about bringing everything back to life through the change of seasons.
Katamari Damacy was a cult-classic hit from the PlayStation 2's early days. Fans fell in love with the game's hyper-quirky aesthetic, graphics, and humor, and it went on to be received positively by critics for its relaxing gameplay and insanely memorable soundtrack. It received a sequel, also developed and headed by Takahashi, called We Love Katamari, before he ended up moving on to newer projects while the Katamari series continued on with a few more games. Through Wattam, Takahashi hopes to "make a game [that] makes people notice how our ordinary life is great." This was his mission for Katamari, and he hopes that the sunshine, colors, and happiness all found in Wattam evoke a similar feeling. The game is filled to the brim with a colorful cast of characters, a lot of them taking the form of inanimate objects, and some of which can be glimpsed in the new trailer.
Speaking of said trailer, you can roll on down below this article to catch a peek at it. Wattam is set to release sometime in December later this year, and will be available on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, marking another notable exclusive for Sony's side of things. The exclusivity doesn't end with the console space though; Wattam is going to be an Epic Games Store exclusive for a little while. It's still unknown when we can expect it to head to Steam, but PC users will have to get it on EGS otherwise. Once you get your hands on the game, you'll be able to enjoy it either by yourself or with a friend through co-op play. And if you're thirsting for some Katamari to tide you over until Wattam, the game recently got an updated port to Nintendo Switch late last year entitled Katamari Damacy: Reroll. It's a fun new way to enjoy the PS2 classic, alongside the updated controls fitted for Joy-Con usage.