It's not uncommon for creative minds at studios to strike out on their own. With limited budgets and resources, companies are sometimes hesitant to take big risks on games that don't necessarily sound like a profitable idea. If the developer really believes that the game is special, he or she may take a chance and shoulder the responsibility of getting the game to the masses; James Montagna is one of these developers.
On Twitter this weekend, Montagna said that he has a solo project incoming for the Wii U. As of right now, the details of this game are a complete mystery, but he said that a formal announcement is coming soon. Montagna has certainly proved that he has the design and directorial chops to make this something to keep an eye on, as he had a hand in the creation of games such as Contra 4, A Boy and His Blob and - most recently - Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. We'll keep you updated as this unfolds further.
Given James' track record in side scrolling action games, it would make sense that he'd play to his strengths for a new solo game, though on the contrary he may decide to explore new ideas.
Are you a fan of James' previous work? What do you think the new game will be like? Here's to hoping it's something exciting.