The original concept Noah teased by Yusuke Hashimoto in April 2019 and the Project Noah MMORPG by Tencent are two completly unrelated things.
Since April 2019, ex PlatinumGames Producer Yusuke Hashimoto has been teasing on social media an original concept he’s working on titled Noah.
Hashimoto actually didn’t say anything about Noah besides sharing artwork, which he uses as Twitter avatar and banner, so we don’t even know if Noah is actually a game concept or something else.
On June 27 at the Tencent Games Annual Conference 2020 (Check out our news roundup of the event), Tencent announced Project Noah, a new MMORPG for mobile. Naturally, a lot of people asked themselves if that turned out to be the project Yusuke Hashimoto teased. After all, Tencent is widely known for its aggressive strategy when it comes to Japanese developers, studios, and IPs.
Following that, a fan simply asked Yusuke Hashimoto about it on Twitter. Hashimoto answered that he is not involved with Project Noah, but is still working on something new we should look forward to:
I’m not involved with that project, but I am working on something new, so look forward to it! https://t.co/ysMUHPtlAI
— 橋本祐介 Yusuke Hashimoto (@yusuke8shimoto) June 30, 2020
Here’s a quick reminder on Yusuke Hashimoto’s life as a game developer. Hashimoto first most notably worked at Capcom on the Resident Evil series. He left Capcom with several employees to form Clover Studio (Viewtiful Joe, Okami, God Hand, etc) and then PlatinumGames (Mugen Kouro, Bayonetta, Vanquish, The Wonderful 101, Astral Chain, etc).
— クリムオンライン (@info_crim) May 8, 2020
Tatsuya Yoshikawa recently held from April to May 2020 a pretty cool art exposition with gorgeous original artwork. In a message published back then, Yoshikawa explained the expo, held exclusively online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was dedicated to his late father.