First teased during the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show and album listening party in New York City on February 11, 2016, it's been a while since we heard anything regarding Kanye West's iPhone game, Only One (when we say "anything," we mean there has been literally no mention of it anywhere since).
Now, a new article has emerged courtesy of Business Insider, asking just what exactly is going on with the project. The answer? No one really knows. According to the piece, Kanye's team says he's still making a video game, but sources close to the development refute that, with production said to have been on hold for the best part of a year.
For those in need of a refresher, Only One was overseen by Los Angeles-based film and animation studio Encyclopedia Pictura. "The idea of the game is my mom traveling through the gates of heaven," Kanye said at the launch, before playing a short trailer.
But while progress seems to have halted, the studio is still positive about a future release. "We’ve continually worked on the project, through various stages of development, production, prototyping, re-development, more prototyping, then more production, before and after E3 2016," said a representative in an e-mail exchange. Kanye's creative team reinforced those words, saying: "Kanye is an artist whose creative process takes time, and he is lucky to be doing work in a medium that naturally lends itself to an elongated, constantly evolving creative processes. He is steadily continuing work on the game, and will deliver more updated visuals and progress as they grow ready."
Those words seem positive enough, but If there's one thing we know about 'Ye, it's that he's a man who won't be rushed. The article continues that, while both camps are set on a future release, the initial development team has shrunk from 14 down to a "bare bones team." In other words, it is still being worked on, but don't go holding your breath for it releasing anytime soon.
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