Rapper, producer, and fashion mogul Kanye West has stepped into the world of video games today with the announcement of Only One, a game that depicts his late mother, Donda West. “The idea of the video game is my mom traveling throguh the gates of heaven,” he said, when introducing the game. You can see the trailer he debuted above.
It’s a notable step for the omnipresent music star. It’s also very different than his wife’s eponymous and highly succesful game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, which is a more conventional mobile title.
“That’s not easy to do, man!” West said, after debuting his game on stage at a live-streamed event showcasing his new album and clothing line, Kotaku reports. “I go out and meet with everybody in San Fran, and they’ll diss the fuck out of me. And I’ll be like, ‘I wanna make a game,’ and they’ll be like, ‘FUCK YOU.’ That was hard to do, bro!”
It’s as yet unclear what platforms the game is for, or how it plays — though wild speculation based solely on the visual style would put it closer to something like Journey or Flower than Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
What also seems interesting about the game — beyond its highly personal content — is West’s apparent desire to roll a video game into his string of achivements alongside a new album and fashion line. When taken with the subject matter, it suggests that West has a healthy respect for the medium.