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Level 5 is a thoughtful company, and not only because it is the developer behind the brain-bending goodness of Professor Layton. The studio is careful and considered in its evaluation of the current gaming industry, and is interested in how ''technology advances'' and is always striving to defy expectations with every game it releases.

In the past they've jumped from soccer to sprawling adventures, and what's coming up next is set to surprise us all over again.

An interview with 4Gamer brought a few interesting answers out of Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino, who seems to want to give the entire industry a much-needed shot in the arm:

In the midst of a rather sluggish consumer game industry at the moment, I believe that the industry needs a 'new game'. We'll try our best to make a new title that'll surprise all of you, so please look forward to that.

While there's certainly nothing solid to take from that, it's difficult not to get a little excited when you consider the company's reputation for creativity. It's something that Hino himself is keenly aware of, as he also mentions an overall goal for upcoming projects:

While I can’t say more, there’s one more approach through which we’re currently challenging ourselves. I believe that ‘even if we go against predictions, expectations must be met’ when it comes to creativity.

On the back of a strong 2013 and the announcement of its latest major project Wonderflick, Level 5 is looking forward to giving us a memorable and surprising new year, and we're absolutely ready for it.

Share your thoughts in the comment section below and somehow attempt to speculate what could possibly be coming next.

[source siliconera.com, via 4gamer.net]