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Ovid Works has released a developer diary for Metamorphosis, their first-person puzzle platformer about a man who is mysteriously transformed into a tiny bug.

In the video, the developer talks about their philosophy of making games that tell an interesting story but are still fun to play.

Taking inspiration from Franz Kafka’s seminal short story The Metamorphosis, after salesman Gregor Samsa is turned into a bug he sets out to save himself and his friend Joseph, who has been arrested for unknown reasons.

You must journey through a strange world that is twisted and unfamiliar. Mundane dwellings have become an expansive obstacle course, challenging you to leap, climb, and use your abilities to unravel the truth and return to the life you once knew.

“Franz Kafka was almost the first game designer. He was putting into his stories those labyrinths. And all of these things are possible to recreate today as a world which the player can experience,” explains game director Zaq Chojecki.

“And by experiencing such complicated, impossible worlds, he arrives at the same questions and the same reflections as the characters of Franz Kafka.”

Metamorphosis will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in Fall 2019.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.