IGN has uncovered Will Wright‘s next project, and it’s not a game. The king of procedurally generated content and creator of Spore and the Sim games (including Sim City, Sim Ant, and The Sims) is instead working with the former president of Nickelodeon and Spike TV to create a television series.
Well, “create” implies a certain level of completion. Wright prefers to give his audience the tools to create their own fun rather than creating a single experience. Or, in the words of Penny Arcade, this.
Wright’s new show, for the moment titled The Creation Project, will have a completely viewer generated plot. Users will be able to craft plots and storyboards using something called the StoryMaker Engine, designed by Wright for computers and mobile devices. Viewers will vote for their favorites, and the winner will be developed into two half hour episodes.
So what can we expect from The Creation Project? Only time will tell, but, considering that Wright is kind of internet famous, it will be interesting to see if the community pulls together to get some interesting outcomes. After all, internet polls are how we got Computer Engineer Barbie, not to mention Mr. Splashy Pants. We hope that the guys in quality control don’t mind bad porn, and that they’ve seen goatse before. IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS DO NOT ON ANY ACCOUNT DO A SEARCH FOR IT. You have been warned.
IGN makes a cautious guess that the show will air by the end of the year, with the StoryMaker up for submissions earlier than that. We’ll have to wait and see what the final rules of the show are to get an idea of just how counter culture the internet community will be able to make it.