- Paper Trail — Newfangled Games’ debut title — is scheduled to be released in Q1 of 2024.
- This top-down puzzle game offers unique folding mechanics driven by a strong narrative.
- We interviewed Paper Trail’s Art Director and received invaluable insight into the game’s development.
Newfangled Games, Hoffman Brothers’ relatively new studio, has been working on its upcoming title, Paper Trail, over the past few months. With Henry Hoffman’s over a decade of experience in video game development, the studio is on the cusp of launching its debut project. The team has managed to create a spectacular title with mechanics that allow you to bend the world as if it were paper.
After years of creating one-time teams for various projects, Henry Hoffman decided to create Newfangled Games with his brother Frederick Hoffman, an award-winning artist responsible for Paper Trail’s unique art style. Taking the opportunity, eXputer sat down with the Co-Founder and Art Director, Frederick Hoffman, in recent times for an email interview to discuss their upcoming top-down puzzle adventure.
Read ahead for the full interview and Frederick’s invaluable insights into Paper Trail.
Talking with Frederick made it clear that Paper Trail was much different in its initial stages, and those changes may have just turned out best for the game as it has become an indie title with over 25 awards before its release. Not only that, but the game had its potential recognized by Netflix, resulting in a remarkable deal that will eventually bring Paper Trail to mobile devices.
Although it is the studio’s debut title, both co-founders carry significant experience in video game development and are here to turn Newfangled Games into one of the big developers. But before we look that far ahead into the future, we must see how Paper Trail performs and which direction the studio takes next. As Frederick mentioned, the studio has found its niche with unique mechanically driven games, and I am excited to see how that plays into the future.
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