Child of Light creative director Patrick Plourde has explained that Ubisoft’s stunning side-scrolling RPG Child of Light was influenced in no small part by acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki movies. Child of Light is coming to a number of platforms including Wii U, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and is due for release sometime in 2014.
“Miyazaki movies are a great reference for me because they primarily have female main characters, and at the same time, I feel they are loved by gamers. You can watch Iron Man and My Neighbor Totoro in the same weekend and it’s not considered weird. In fact, you would be considered a film aficionado. So why wouldn’t a gamer, somebody that likes games, be interested in playing different experiences? One type of experience doesn’t replace another, they complete each other. We will see if Child of Light will be well received, and I hope it will be, but in the end its success will be riding on the quality of the experience and not its subject matter.”