Oasis Games is one of the first publishing partners of Sony Computer Entertainment Shanghai (SCES). As Chinese developers, Oasis works with Sony to bring local games to players in the Western markets. The first game for the PlayStation 4 is a beautiful, vivid experience indie title called Koi.
Koi will be one of the first title to be published Sony Computer Entertainment Shanghai (SCES), and will be seeing its debut public appearance at GDC Play at the Game Developers Conference later this month.
Oasis Games describes Koi as asking players “if they can find happiness and peace of mind by bringing purity to a lotus pond.” There’s no heavy action sequences, but instead puzzles, a goal of returning beauty to the pond, and an introspective journey taken as a single koi fish.
While not made clear in the trailer, Koi is also said to feature a story that will naturally emerge, accompanied by a hypnotic Chinese piano score. Players will have the option to complete side quests, such as searching for puzzle pieces discovering hidden melodies that can be used elsewhere.
It was only recently that China finally lifted its ban on the sale of game consoles, but it’s likely there are other game developers, especially on the indie level, eager to see their creations reach other parts of the world. If Koi turns out to be well received, it could bring more attention to other studios in the region.