I’m willing to cut the first announcement a lot of slack, mainly because I love Meg Jayanth’s work on 80 Days and think she’s a great fit for the Android universe. For those who aren’t familiar with that game, it’s an adventure game based off of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, but Jayanth and the rest of her team rewrite that part of history to be a little more steampunk, but also a world where many colonized populations get to be the heroes of their wars and revolutions. Women and PoCs get story arcs they’re frequently denied in the interest of “historical accuracy”. This article goes a lot more in-depth with what makes 80 Days so great, and I highly recommend the piece and the game.
Basically, this news is like telling me that Dark Souls’ Miyazaki is doing a science fiction game, or like the Amnesia: Dark Descent folks doing SOMA. I’m super excited to see this writer’s work applied to a different setting, especially since her sensibilities seem so in line with the spirit of the Android universe. I’ve also seen a lot of people who aren’t into the LCG get excited to have another way of engaging with its world. This is great, because this means more people with whom I can discuss Armand’s abs and they’ll know what I’m talking about.