ICO novel coming this fall? Awesome.
ICO is a game that I hold very dear in my memories. I can’t remember if my first experience with the game was on an Official Playstation Magazine demo disc, or if it was on one of those Playstation Underground mailer demo discs. Anyway, the point is, when I first experienced ICO, I knew it was a really heartfelt effort by the developers to create something unique and beautiful. One could even possibly argue that ICO was the first game that really pushed people over the fence when it came to whether or not games are art.
Personally, I don’t care either way whether anyone thinks games are art or not, but that’s not the point here. Now, games are books. No, that doesn’t make much sense. I don’t literally mean that games are books, but that the story of ICO has been made into a novel that was written by Miyuki Miyabe. Miyabe wanted to take the ideas behind the game and write about what the story meant to her, and basically write a novel based on her interpretation of the events in ICO. ICO: Castle of the Mist was released way back in 2004 in Japan, but now, it is finally being translated and brought to our shores. It will be interesting to see what her interpretation of the game is like, as ICO allowed you to sort of fill in the blanks and come to your own conclusion about pretty much everything that happened in the game. At any rate, it should be an interesting read.
The tentative release date is August 16, 2011and I will most definitely be in line to check this book out. No pun intended… like a library joke… I just meant I’m going to buy it.