Papo and Yo developer Minority Media announced during a panel at the Game Developer Conference that its next game is a tragic love story called Cali, according to Game Informer.
While creative director Vander Caballero did not share platform details or expected release date during the lecture "Empathetic games are here to stay! What's next?," he did mention the game explores what it would be like to fall in love with an AI avatar.
According to the Canada Media Fund's project list, Cali is in development for iOS, Android "and the Cloud" and takes place in an advanced civilization before the Conquistadors arrived in the Amazon.
"It tells the story of Massi, a teenager caught up with his peers for the Sacred Rite, a centuries-old tradition that sends the strongest adolescent boys to the Second Sun," its description reads. "In a tragic mix of circumstances, Massi is separated from the group. As Massi, players will navigate to the Second Sun with the help of Cali, a beautiful and mysterious creature called a pixan, with features of both a majestic butterfly and shy human girl. And while Cali is the secret to Massi's future success, there is a deadly reason why she cannot, or will not, help."
The developer released details of its upcoming game Silent Enemy mid last year, which is inspired by the team's experiences with being bullied while they were growing up. The game is set in a world of endless winter where players take on the role of a young Aboriginal boy who is on a quest to find spring time. Players use the character's shapeshifting abilities and nature spirits during their journey to fend off bullies who intend to block the player's path.