Stanley Parable co-creator teases continent-spanning mystery with new studio including Banjo-Kazooie’s composer

William Pugh

Press releases don’t often incorporate personalised poems in rhyming couplet, but the ones that do are invariably from William Pugh. His name might be the second you’ll hear associated with The Stanley Parable, after that of original modder Davey Wreden, but his own irreverence ran through that game like meta gags through a postmodern stick of rock.

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Pugh has been touring experimental game festivals for the last year with a new outfit, who are now named Crows Crows Crows and composed of some very capable types indeed.

The Yorkshire designer, who was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit last year, is joined by Blossom and LAZA KNITEZ!! artist Dominik Johann, Rare and Civilisation: Beyond Earth composer Grant Kirkhope, and Jack de Quidt – whose Castles in the Sky was nominated last year alongside The Stanley Parable and Gone Home for BAFTA’s Debut Game award.

Together they’ve spent a year “failing in private so that they can now SUCCEED IN PUBLIC! Yesss!!”. Their surprise debut game is teased over on the Crows Crows Crowssite, where you’ll find a lot of intriguing and incomplete information concerning a series of mysterious and sudden disappearances and robberies across Europe. There’s as much British whimsy there as you’d hope from such a high concentration of BAFTA talent.

Pugh’s also working on a VR game with one of the minds behind Rick and Morty, while Wreden has just released The Beginner’s Guide.Busy busy! Any of you lot recent Stanley Parable converts?