Uncharted and Flower artists working on 'Ico-inspired project', fanboy in us has a heart attack

Brace yourselves now, because we’re about to drop the most exciting news since we discovered Steven Seagal hates being filmed by games jarnalists. Ready? Right, two artists who worked on Uncharted 2 and Flower have teamed up and are currently designing a game inspired by Ico. Be still our beating horns.

Above: <Sniff> God, we're losing the run of ourselves already

Eytan Zana, a concept artist at Naughty Dog, recently revealed art from the project, which he’s working on with Matt Nava (one of the artists from thatgamecompany who made PSN classic Flower). Here’s the pick of some of the incredible work they’ve done so far…

Zana wrote on his blog that he: “Wanted to capture some outskirts, an establishing shot, and some platforming areas." And looking at their work it’s clear to see the influence Ico’s art style as had on the pair.

Above: Haunting, disquieting... damn, we're welling up again

Nava’s company also appears to have quite the crush on Team Ico games in general, if this early shot from its latest title The Journey is anything to go by.

Above: Look familiar?

How about now...

Above: Psssstttt. It looks like Shadow of the Colossus, innit?

It’s not yet clear whether the artists' initial concept drawings will come to anything, but if Naughty Dog and thatgamecompany aren’t working to turn this into a fully fledged title, then we’ll officially stop eating and drinking until they do… or, y’know, we get a bit peckish or parched.

Also, why didn’t we only find this on Google Images this morning?

It’s clearly the single greatest achievement in the history of humanity. Why did no one inform us of its existence earlier?

Are you excited about this potential Ico-inspired project? Are you hoping it gets turned into a game? Or have you never seen the fuss over the hand-holding tear-fest and couldn’t care less? Either way, inform us of the thoughts forming in your juicy brains in the comments below. 

Aug 11, 2010



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  • philipshaw - August 12, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    This could be awesome, the art work looks fantastic
  • HawtKakez - August 12, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    Sounds like a promising endeavor. I hope to hear more about this in the future.
  • Syncmaster - August 12, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    amazing colossus dog! I want to make one too
  • Moe77 - August 11, 2010 8:52 p.m. will be the single greatest game ever created...i am at a loss for words......
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 11, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    I read about this yesterday on N4G. I thought the ico inspired project was The Journey.
  • ChrisCultista - August 11, 2010 3:08 p.m.

  • CH3BURASHKA - August 11, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    So far I'm seeing "design-inspired". While beautiful, they've still got a ways to go if they are aiming to deliver a similar emotional reaction.
  • OriginalJonty - August 11, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    Oh my days! This could be the best thing to hit gaming in a while.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - August 11, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Anything that makes me want to use my PS3 for gaming is a plus
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - August 11, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    I quietly read the story, switched my computer off, quitely went out of the house, and screamed.
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 11, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    I doubt they'll actually be able to make something like Ico, that is reserved for Team Ico, but it will probally be good.
  • db1331 - August 11, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    I never thought I would say this, but the upcoming HD remakes of the Team Ico games and also the sweet retro goodness of 3D Dot Game Heroes has really got me considering buying a PS3. I know it is a crime that I have never played Ico or SotC, as all I ever hear about them is that they are mind-blowing awesome.
  • Gahmah - August 11, 2010 12:49 p.m.

  • oufour - August 11, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    well, i gotta change my pants.
  • DMarten - August 11, 2010 12:39 p.m.

    For some reason I was reading the headline as "Fanboy in the U.S. has a heart attack".
  • coopa22cool - August 11, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    Sweet! I really hope they follow through with this.

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