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Video: The Unfinished Swan: Art and Design Developer Diary

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113w ago - Giant Sparrow Game Designer Ben Esposito has shared a video today spotlighting the art and design as part of their The Unfinished Swan developer diary.

To quote: Like a lot of folks, I first saw the tech demo for The Unfinished Swan when it made the rounds online in 2008. The idea stuck in the back of my head but it wasn't until later when Giant Sparrow put up a job posting that I decided: I had to make that game.

I had just graduated from college without much professional experience, so I did what I do best and made a game for them. You can check it out [Register or Login to view links] if you'd like. The video cuts off because the end of the game says "Call me" and has my phone number on it.

It got the attention of the Giant Sparrow team, and I ended up flying out to Los Angeles to work on the game. I was elated and a little shocked, but I came to learn that at Giant Sparrow, the player experience always comes first - and my little game was designed to create a very specific experience.

Now, in October 2012, The Unfinished Swan is out in the wild (well, to PlayStation Plus members) and we're proud that we were able to make a truly experiential game.




 

PlayStation Plus Gets Payday: The Heist, The Unfinished Swan Early

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113w ago - PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager Morgan Haro has announced today that PlayStation Plus members will be getting Payday: The Heist and The Unfinished Swan early access.

To quote: By now, you should have already tackled NFL Blitz which came in free for Plus members earlier this month.

You should also make sure to download one of the best fighters in the genre, King of Fighters XIII, which is also free for Plus members.

With tomorrow's PlayStation Store update, you'll want to get your blueprints out and cover up those fingerprints because you'll be robbing some banks (in video game form of course) courtesy of PAYDAY: The Heist, coming free to Plus members!

You'll also be able to get Unfinished Swan before anyone else this week. That said, there's much more so let's get to it.
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Video: The Unfinished Swan Dev Diary: Original Music & Sound

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114w ago - Composer Joel Corelitz has shared a Developer Diary video today spotlighting The Unfinished Swan original music and sound alongside a list below of ten things fans should know!

To quote: At its core, The Unfinished Swan is about the joy of creation and self-discovery. These themes revolve around two central characters: one young, who has dealt with great loss and loneliness, and one old, who must reconcile his current stage of life as well as his fate.

One of the initial conversations I had with Peter Scaturro, music supervisor at the Santa Monica Studio involved using the key components of the score to offset the melancholy of the story. I consciously steered away from anything that felt too sad, stark or desolate. Instead,

I focused on crafting a mood that was lush, curious, and warm. We wanted the music to serve as a companion for Monroe and the player as they explored the world of the game. To achieve this, I chose to highlight certain instruments and sounds that were inspired by the characters themselves.

Monroe's signature sound is played by plucked and mallet instruments like marimba and harp - youthful, resonant sounds that highlight his innocence as well as the storybook-quality of the game. The bizarre, pompous King is heralded by gritty, electronic harpsichord...
 

The Unfinished Swan Flies to PSN October 23, Early PS Plus Access

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115w ago - Giant Sparrow Creative Director Ian Dallas has announced today that The Unfinished Swan flies to PSN on October 23 and has confirmed early PS Plus access too.

To quote: When you make a game about something unusual like, say, throwing paint in an all-white world, you expect to get a lot of questions. But we were surprised that the question we got asked the most turned out to be "when can I buy it?"

Now we have an answer: you can buy The Unfinished Swan on October 23rd exclusively on PSN for $14.99. And if you're a PlayStation Plus member, you can get the game a week early - October 16th.

In the meantime, there's still a lot to learn about the game. You've met the King, now get to know us: the team behind it all.

In the first of a series of developer diaries, we'll lift the curtain and give you some background on [Register or Login to view links], the beginning of The Unfinished Swan and how we landed on PlayStation Network.

Check it out:





Leading up to launch on October 23rd, we will be back to dive in and show you all you need to know about The Unfinished Swan. For more news about the game you can check out the Giant Sparrow [Register or Login to view links]
 

Video: Meet the King of The Unfinished Swan Coming to PSN

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120w ago - Giant Sparrow Creative Director Ian Dallas has posted up a video today introducing the king of The Unfinished Swan which is coming to PlayStation Network.

To quote: Like a lot of other great artists, our King is a little crazy.

He's the one who created the entire world that players will be exploring in The Unfinished Swan. And I don't want to give too much away, but the King built a lot of cool stuff. If you like all-white statue gardens, giant labyrinths, or colossal monuments to the King then you're in luck.

Unfortunately, most people don't like those things. At least not in their backyard. Turns out living in the middle of a giant labyrinth is pretty inconvenient, which is why just about everyone in the kingdom eventually moved away.

But the King is the sort of guy who goes right on building the stuff he wants no matter what other people think about it.





Whether or not that's a good thing depends on your point of view and – like I said – how you feel about giant labyrinths.

 
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