news\ Jul 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Little Inferno 'has nothing to do with global climate change'

Tomorrow Corporation

If you watched the teaser video for Little Inferno, then maybe you guessed the independent game is a commentary on global warming. Not so, according to studio cofounder and game developer Kyle Gabler.

"Little Inferno is a game that takes place almost entirely in front of a nice warm fireplace, but just outside, up up up the chimney, it's been snowing for as long as anyone can remember," Gabler told Nintendo Life. "And it's getting colder. Tomorrow Corporation PR will not let us spoil what's going on (because they probably don't know), but the answer is probably not what you think, and it has nothing to do with global climate change."

The developers are planning to provide local co-op multiplayer for the game, like with World of Goo, Gabler's creation.

Fellow founder Kyle Gray, maker of Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, said that the move to indie development has been "terrifying."

"I thought pitching a brand new game at EA was difficult, but this is much harder," he said. "At Tomorrow Corporation, we’ve had to do everything from scratch — forming the company, building the engine, making a totally new game concept. Where before I had this massive infrastructure to help deal with legal issues, marketing, or business bits, now we have to handle them all ourselves. The freedom is amazing, but there are many more issues to deal with beyond making the game."

On working with Nintendo, Gray added, "A lot of gamers continue to give them flack, but they’ve been pushing gaming in new directions. On the business side, Nintendo of America has been an amazing partner to work with; they’re supportive without burying you under mountains of paperwork."

Little Inferno will release for Wii U, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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