Last E3, one of the games that Square Enix announced as part of their sizzle reel was The Quiet Man. The trailer didn’t really tell us anything, featuring little more than footage of a quiet dude beating up two guys in an alley.
Is he a deaf superhero? How quiet is he? Why does he carry around brown paper bags like some kind of hyper violent courier? It’s got most of us in the press scratching our heads as to what exactly this game is going to be about, what kind of audience they’re aiming for and even what kind of release date they’re targeting.
On the game’s official Twitter account, producer Kensei Fujinaga has spoken up to explain the concept that “lies at the core of The Quiet Man.” And by explain, I really mean, “engender more obfuscation rather deliberately.” Fujinaga’s first producer letter reads:
"'Words' are truly amazing. They possess the power even to change the world. This is undeniable. For me personally, words are as precious as they are valuable. That said, I believe we as humans are capable of connections that transcend words—for example, an infant need only to look into his mother’s eyes to know he is safe and loved. And in a world that overflows with cascades of words taken for granted, I can’t help but think it’s often difficult to realize such connections exist.
Words shape consciousness; indeed, some even say that “words are life.” But what if we were to cast aside such a life? What if somehow, we were able to understand one another through connections formed heart to heart, soul to soul, and could once again look into one another’s eyes and form a bond so pure? This concept lies at the core of The Quiet Man. Feelings that remain after words are abandoned, feelings that can be conveyed even without words—aren’t these the feelings that are truly important in this life?"
Thanks for the explanation, Fujinaga-san. More details about The Quiet Man will be coming from Square Enix in August. In other news, Fujinaga was seen ordering the same turkey sandwich as Hideo Kojima.