Despite being 10 months old, Prope has yet to announce any title. Instead, it has focused its efforts on recruiting new talent. The latest recruitment advertisement
published in Yahoo JapanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career search service contains a brief statement by Yuji Naka which both outlines the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s philosophy and quells a popular rumour.
According to Naka, Prope will not be working on any sequels. Rumours in Famitsu had originally implied that the new company would be developing a sequel to NiGHTS
. Naka, however, specifically names NiGHTS
as franchise, along with Sonic
and Samba De Amigo
that he no longer wishes to develop. By taking a stand against sequels Prope hopes to be innovative, original and surprising.
Prope also aims to challenge existing development paradigms. The complexities of next-generation hardware have caused studios to swell in size. Prope feels that is damaging the creative process, as it is no longer possible for each team member to have a significant input in the game. As a result, Prope will be hiring no more than 50 people. Interestingly, the section explaining this contains an unusual drawing of a panda, a rabbit and a robot. The sketch has little to do with studio sizes and so may very well be concept art from a forthcoming Prope title.
<center> ^ Could this be concept art from a new title?</center>
The advertisement also clarifies the relationship between Prope and Sega. Prope is independent from Sega allowing it to create titles with complete autonomy. Sega, however, has an exclusive agreement with Prope to publish all of its titles.
In many ways, Prope seems to be returning to the roots of the original Sonic Team, which was also small in sized and strived for originality. Hopefully, this approach will allow Prope to produce games that are of the same calibre as the original Sonic