Patrick Plourde, creative director for Far Cry 3 is working on Child of Light, a digital title built with Ubi-Art Framework.
At a recent GDC panel entitled Small Projects in AAA Studios: Making of Child of Light, Ubisoft and Far Cry 3 creative director Patrick Plourde gave some early glimpses at a new title being developed by Ubisoft Montreal. According to Plourde the game, called Child of Light, will be a digital title made with Ubi-Art Framework, the engine that served as the foundation of Rayman Legends, it will be a side-scrolling JRPG that tells the story of a young girl on a journey who "physically and mentally grows up" over the course of the story.
According to Plourde the game is inspired in part by classic Final Fantasy titles and aims to bring to life the sort of concept art that informed the sprites and worlds of games like Final Fantasy VI. During the presentation Plourde showed off concept art that he said could be used to fashion actual in-game environments. He also stated that he was trying to craft a game that would be, in essence "a playable poem." The game's visuals will take cues from artists like Hayao Miyazaki, Yoshitaka Amano and John Bauer.
Sadly, he wasn't able to offer much more in the way of specific details. That said, co-op was hinted at, as were both PC and console releases. An official announcement for the game will be coming in September as a part of Ubisoft's Digital Day event, while the game itself is slated for a digital release this winter. Honestly, Ubisoft had my money when Plourde mentioned Final Fantasy VI.