How Monument Valley 2 was made


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Monument Valley 2 is here (for iOS at least), taking us back to the isometric world of “sacred geometry” and introducing new characters and puzzles – and levels that are works of art in their own right.

The news was snuck out in the middle of Apple’s latest product announcement – a screen briefly glimpsed while the iPhone maker was unveiling new iPads, iMacs and MacBook Pros (and the brand new iMac Pro). But the news has caused a buzz on social media and fans of the original game have already bough enough copies to take it to number 2 in the App Store charts.

If you haven’t bought it yet, you can buy Monument Valley 2 for £4.99/$4.99 here. You can see it in action below. An Android version is coming, but no date has been announced.

Alongside the launch, developer ustwo games has released a behind-the-scenes video (below) detailing the concepts and design process behind Monument Valley 2. Conspicuous by his absence is the artist behind the look of the original Monument Valley – Ken Wong – who left the company in early 2016 as it was starting on the sequel to move back to Australia and set up his own studio Mountains.

In the video, you’ll hear from the producer of both games – Dan Gray – and newcomers like senior artist Laura Cason. They detail the concept behind the sequel – the story of a mother and daughter making their way through the land of optical illusions, with the mother teaching her child how this world works.

"Mother stories don’t get told that often," says Laura, "and when they do they’re often told through the perspective of their child. Their story isn’t their own."

Monument Valley 2 is very much the story of a mother and Dan says that he "would love it if someone finished the game and said 'I’ve never missed my mother more than I did now'."

ustwo games has doubled in size since the days of the original Monument Valley. As well as that game and its Forgotten Shores DLC, the company has created Whale Trail, Blip Blup and Land’s End for Samsung’s Gear VR platform.

We interviewed ustwo games – including Dan and Ken – about the creation of the first Monument Valley back in 2014, and then about Lands End. You can watch these interviews in the stores below.

How ustwo created the phenomenally popular Monument Valley game

How Monument Valley developer Ustwo reimagined the game for VR to create Lands End

Monument Valley sequel out on November 13, includes 8 new levels

This Monument Valley-themed Lego set would be amazing

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