Sadly, we won't be able to play with EyePet this year; it was revealed yesterday that the innovative virtual friend is on hold for North America until next year. GameStop currently lists it with an April 4 release date.
But that doesn't mean we shouldn't learn more about it, so you should definitely check out a new interview with Sony Computer Entertainment London's producer and creative art director, Nicolas Doucet. Conducted by French site GameKult – Euro sister site to GameSpot – the interview runs through some behind-the-scenes information for EyePet and even turns our attention to a couple projects we thought were six feet under. Here's one of the most interesting comments about that cuddly virtual friend:
"Well, it is a casual game first. I would say that you'll need to spend 15 minutes a day to ensure everything's OK with your pet. But there are also things, such as drawing, where you can lose hours at a time. What happens if I put square wheels on my car? If I put three, five, six wheels? What if I add a spoiler? You can also take and use pictures with personal touches: your home, your family, your EyePet, your games. Once you put it all online, it becomes a bit like Little Big Planet. Those who love it will get lost."
There's a lot more about EyePet there so if you're interested, feel free to give it a read. But to add to the intrigue is the mention of Eight Days and The Getaway 3 , two games that had supposedly bitten the dust quite some time ago. But Doucet says they haven't been entirely abandoned; merely "put on hold" so the team could work on other projects like SingStar . He also confirms that both games were "just over halfway through" in terms of development so there's a possibility they may return to those projects at some point in the future. It seems it was more about a change in focus for a while, that's all. So we'll be on the lookout for any details about a resurrection for either of those games!
Related Game(s): EyePet