It was announced a year ago that Kanye West was creating a video game during an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show. He revealed that his game would be based on his song Only One, and would revolve around his mother, who passed away in 2007. News about the game has been pretty quiet since then. That is, until today!
Kanye live-streamed an event on TIDAL that showed off his new album (The Life of Pablo), along with his newest clothing line. However, he surprised everyone when he also revealed the trailer to the aforementioned video game: Only One.
"I worked on a video game and I wanted to show y'all. The idea of the game is my mom travelling through the gates of heaven."
See it for yourself! Check out the trailer below!
Immediately after the trailer ended, the crowd cheered and clapped, but apparently not as enthusiastically as West had expected. He gave a seemingly half-hearted "Oh, thanks," and followed with a little speech:
"That's not easy to do, man! Y'all should be acting like this s**t is regular, man! [short pause] Virgil suggested that we play that [trailer] one more time."
He then went on to tell the crowd once again what the concept was, as well as his journey to get it released - presumably thinking that the crowd didn't understand how difficult it can be to sell your game idea to a company.
"The concept is my mom travelling through the gates of heaven. [crowd cheers] Like, no, you don't understand! Like, I'll go and meet with everybody in San Fran, and they'll diss the f**k out of me. And I'll be like, 'I want to make a game,' and they'll be like, 'f**k you.' That was hard to do, bro. Man, this s**t was hard to do, man."
And so, they played the trailer once more, and after it concluded for the second time, the crowd cheered a little louder.
The public's response has been mixed.
When a celebrity decides to step into new territory, it's no surprise that it makes the news. Even game developer Sean Murray (lead developer of No Man's Sky) expressed that he is excited for the game! After posting on Twitter, his fans gave a variety of responses spawning from the original tweet:
Ranging from positive...
...to pop-culture jokes....
...and to boycotting supporters of Only One.
The mixed responses were to be expected. Several fans were even puzzled by Murray's tweet, and thought that maybe he was joking. Murray chimed in, and tweeted to a fan that he was "100% serious!", while the same tweet was also visible to all of his 62.3k followers.
While I'm sure there were countless tweets about Only One outside of Sean Murray's thread, I will only highlight one, as it's definitely worth mentioning.
There's already a video game called Only One.
Indie developer Ernest Szoka created an arena hack-and-slash mobile game by the name of Only One, which was released on February 14, 2014. This predates even the recording date of Kanye's song by the same name!
Though there are video games co-existing with the same name, there's usually about a 15-year gap, so it's at least enough to let the dust settle. This could make things interesting in the future. Will Kanye be forced to change the name of his game? Time will tell!
Perhaps we should be open-minded.
I have no judgement against Kanye or how he handled the reveal of Only One, but it is difficult to not be skeptical of the game's quality since he has never released a game before. That said, perhaps we should trust Sean Murray's thoughts when he said it was interesting and lovely. After all, he's actually played the game!
It isn't uncommon for people to turn to a creative outlet in order to get through a loss or honor a lost loved one. Games with themes such as these are often therapeutic - not only for the person who created it, but the players too - as it can help both sides cope and relate to people they have lost. And hey, if Kanye's game can help people, then that's good enough for me.