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Video: Road Not Taken on PlayStation 4: Hand-crafted Randomness

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20w ago - Spry Fox CEO David Edery posted up a video today detailing the hand-crafted randomness in Road Not Taken on PlayStation 4 below.

To quote: In previous blog posts, we've talked about the procedural system we use to create the enchanted forests that serve as your proving ground in Road Not Taken.

This system is what makes Road Not Taken a fun game to play repeatedly, and - as with any good roguelike - you'll need to play Road Not Taken many times before you've stumbled upon every interesting object and creature lurking in the forest.

But a purely random system, even a very rich one, can start to feel repetitive over time. Every snowflake might be unique, but after you've looked at a thousand snowflakes it's easy to stop appreciating them!

Our roguelike developer ancestors have invented a few solutions to this problem, one of which is to change the look and feel of the environment to signal when something new/important/dangerous is happening.Sewers transition into dungeons, dungeons become underground caverns, etc.

And in Road Not Taken, peaceful glades might lead to blizzard-ravaged woods, haunted groves, and dangerous ice caverns! The changing terrain is both a marker of your progress as well as a warning of new challenges to come.

Another classic...
 

Spry Fox Details Road Not Taken for PS4 and PlayStation Vita

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22w ago - Spry Fox Chief Creative Officer Daniel Cook detailed Road Not Taken for PS4 and PlayStation Vita for fans today.

To quote: This post is about Road Not Taken, Spry Fox's upcoming roguelike for PS4 & PS Vita. If this is your first time hearing about RNT, check out our trailers [Register or Login to view links]!

As we've mentioned in previous blog posts, Road Not Taken has procedurally-generated levels. That is, you get a completely new experience every time you venture into the forest.

When designing a game like [Register or Login to view links] or God of War, a designer must hand-select the placement of every corridor, every object, and every enemy in the game.

With Road Not Taken, we're not hand-selecting anything. We spend our time creating interesting objects and enemies, and then carefully defining the probabilities of when and where you will encounter them.

The process reminds me of Duchamp's painting 'Nude descending a Staircase, No. 2'. For thousands of years, humanity painted a single instant, captured in time. Duchamp, inspired by advances in motion pictures, decided to paint all the possible states of a woman walking down the stairs in a single painting.

To me, designing a roguelike is...
 

PS Plus: ModNation Racers: Road Trip Free for PS Plus Members

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22w ago - Sony Senior Community Specialist Kristine Steimer announced today that ModNation Racers: Road Trip is free for PS Plus Members among the content features this week.

To quote: One of the most adorable kart racers around is entering the PS Plus Instant Game Collection tomorrow: ModNation Racers: Road Trip for PS Vita.

Customization is the name of the game here, and you'll be able to modify your character, kart and even edit tracks easily with the PS Vita's touch screen. Best of all, if you enjoyed ModNation Racers on PS3, you'll be able to download your creations and use them in ModNation Racers: Road Trip.

You can download ModNation Racers: Road Trip after PlayStation Store updates tomorrow.

ModNation Racers: Road Trip (PS Vita)
Free for PS Plus members

Welcome to the never-ending season of ModNation kart racing, where competitive racing and community creativity collide. Whether you race for the fastest time, customize your own karts or tracks, or you discover new courses online - ModNation Racers gives you everything you need for your next "Road Trip!" We have put the creation at your fingertips...literally. Touch the screen and rear touch pad to raise or lower the terrain.

Use common gestures to create or edit your Mod, Kart, or Track....
 

Sony Goes Hands-on with Daylight on PS4: Broadcasting Your Horror

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23w ago - Sony Social Media Specialist Ryan Clements went hands-on today with Daylight on PS4 which details broadcasting your horror on the PlayStation 4 video gaming console.

To quote: The meek shine of a cell phone light provides precious little comfort in the dark halls of an abandoned hospital. Its glow throws menacing shadows across every wall and beneath long-abandoned wheelchairs.

Creaking steps and whispers flutter down the passage, and the promise of a scare is never far off. But Daylight, which launches on PS4 this April, offers a different take on the classic genre. And with the developers at Zombie Studios taking a keen interest in streaming tech, the horror of playing alone could actually be a shared experience.

Crafted by a small team at Zombie, Daylight follows the frightened footsteps of Sarah Gwynn as she works her way through a series of haunting environs. While many horror games rely on finely tuned scares specific to the moment, Daylight uses procedurally generated play to keep every moment fresh.

Levels and scares change for each player, meaning that no two sessions will be identical. And no player will know exactly when that foreboding whisper will turn into a howling spectre hungry for Sarah's life.

In Daylight, players have no weapons - only flares...
 

Artist's Perspective: The Main Character of Road Not Taken

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27w ago - Spry Fox Lead Artist Brent Kobayashi shared his perspective of the main character of Road Not Taken on PS Vita and PS4 below.

To quote: Hi everyone! I'm Brent, the lead artist for Spry Fox's upcoming PS4 & Vita game, Road Not Taken. We've gotten a lot of questions and compliments about the look of the game's main character, so I thought you might enjoy reading about the process I went through in creating it!

First, I guess I should say that designing a game's main character/avatar is always tricky. The avatar has to work as a functional asset within the context of the game, has to look good in marketing materials and screenshots, but most importantly, has to feel right as something that represents you, the player! Easier said than done.

In Road Not Taken, the main character is a forest ranger of sorts (who happens to be blessed with mystical powers of levitation). Although the theme of the game superficially calls for it, I knew right off the bat that I didn't want to go with a typical "park ranger" motif.

The forest of Road Not Taken is mysterious and enchanted, and I wanted the Avatar to have the same vibe. So instead, I drew inspiration from more delightful/whimsical figures. Some of my key inspirations include:

• I had the great pleasure and fortune of working...
 
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