By Raisa Bruner
June 14, 2016

Kanye West — artist and boundary breaker — has been teasing his new video game for a while now, but yesterday we got the first proper look at “Only One” at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

In the just-released preview, a choir sings a version of his song “Only One” while characters clad in white ascend through cotton-candy clouds to the heavens. The clip focuses on a woman who rides a pegasus and then receives her own wings: most likely a reference to his mother, Donda West, who passed away in 2007.

West first announced the project at his Life of Pablo show in New York in February, when he said “the idea of the game is my mom traveling through the gates of heaven.” No release date has been announced, and the preview footage is more of a teaser than an introduction to the game — but the divine imagery and religious subject matter certainly make for a distinctive first foray into the gaming space from West.

And his “nerd” phase seems set to last: he tentatively titled his next album “Turbo Grafx 16” in reference to a video game console from the 1990s.

 

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