The first game I ever played was a little Sci-fi title on the old Atari called Astroids (Giving away my age here), but the last game I played recently, arguably this year's game of the year, was Elden Ring. This gaming journey has been incredible, far beyond my wildest imagination. Yet....there was still room for me to be blown away. I for one never believed I would ever see a large-scale, Jamaican-developed game about Jamaica, ever (AND I MEAN EVER!) in my lifetime. In Step Willow Tree Studios and their very ambitious indie title, Street Boy.
Of course, those that have had their fingers on the pulse of Jamaica's fledging Gaming Industry for some time now were already introduced to this game, but I am now sharing my excitement for the title after the release of its most recent trailers which, displayed just how well the game is shaping up.
The new trailer focuses on 14-year-old protagonist Arlington exploring the beautiful parish of Portland in Jamaica. The Pennicooke brothers (the game's directors) recently revealed on Twitter that the game was switching engines from Unity to Unreal 5. This was evident in the new trailer, which showed the graphical improvements to the world as a result of this decision.
It definitely looks great, but I must note that we don't have much knowledge about gameplay apart from the developers dubbing it a role-playing game (RPG). Luckily, they are already looking to rectify this, with Akeem Pennicooke being quoted in a recent article stating, not only was a playable demo on its way, but also a brand new gameplay-focused trailer.
Similar to our post about Mental Chung's animated series, it's an enormous pleasure for us to highlight these Jamaican creative pioneers who are paving the way for all the little Jamaican Boys or girls who grew up on the works of oversea creators/developers, thinking to themselves... 'Jamaica simple cannot produce similar'. Street Boy may never win any Game of the Year awards, but it may very well give rise to an all-new Jamaican Gaming Industry.
And for that reason alone, I am rooting for this title (plus, it does look fun).
Street Boy will be available on PCs with the possibility of ‘porting’ the game to consoles and smartphones in the future.
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Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.