Yesterday, EA announced that their partnership with Coldwood Interactive will continue. The news comes from a presentation during EA’s investor day, where EA Studios Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund revealed that Coldwood’s next game would indeed be “the next version of Unravel.”
Unravel is a puzzle-platformer that was first announced at EA’s 2015 E3 press conference. The game came as a bit of surprise — not fitting the usual EA mold or EA-ritz we have all grown accustomed to. Upon release, Unravel garnered a 79 (all platforms combined) on Metacritic. It was largely praised for its presentation, protagonist, and soundtrack, but was also equally condemned for its controls and lack of puzzle variety.
No further details were divulged by EA or Coldwood Interactive.
This is a win-win for EA. Unravel critically and commercially sold well enough, and therefore its sequel (if up to par) will do the same. But more importantly, EA gets to wave it around and gloat that they are doing this for gamers — accumulating what is scarce good-will for them. Personally, I just want to see Yarny up on the E3 stage again — I don’t want to play his games — I just want to see him.
Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.