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Video: Creating the World of Hyper Light Drifter on PS4 and PS Vita

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28w ago - Head of Heart Machine Alex Preston shared a video on creating the world of Hyper Light Drifter on PS4 and PS Vita below.

To quote: In [Register or Login to view links] you'll travel a ruined land with a twisted past, delving deep to collect lost technologies and unveil secrets long buried.

I'd like to share a few of the key components under development that make Hyper Light what it is: 1) combat that's lightning quick, brutal and never unfair; 2) a strong narrative and character interactions expressed through visual design; 3) a rich and varied world to explore with an intense atmosphere.

Combat

At [Register or Login to view links] we're all fans of fast, heavy­-hitting combat that requires skill and rewards a bit of finesse. To hell with bullet­sponges, witless drones and unfair scenarios.

We spend a great deal of time tuning our systems, ­adding meaningful feedback in the controls, visuals, and audio design ­so they feel responsive and satisfying each time you lop an enemy in half, blow something up, or wipe out entire packs of ravenous creatures.

Each enemy reacts to strikes with visible knockback, flashes, and brutal sound effects. No weak or shoddy weapons (I'm looking...
 

New Screenshots Revealed for Final Horizon on PS4 and PS Vita

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28w ago - Eiconic Games Art and Creative Director Simon Credland revealed new screenshots for Final Horizon on PS4 and PS Vita today!

To quote: This is Si at indie games developer Eiconic Games in the UK. We've been busy developing Final Horizon for PS4 and PS Vita, and are excited to share the first batch of screenshots with Playstation.Blog readers.

Final Horizon has some great puzzling levels that will demand all your skills to solve, and frantic action levels where you won't even have time to blink.

The story takes the player on a journey from planet to planet and into dark, undiscovered galaxies that are home to the alien Swarm. But not only will you play on planetary surfaces, but you'll also get to take over the Overwatch orbital satellite as a killstreak reward. Ever want to shoot the legs off a spider from space?

As you play through Final Horizon, the levels get tougher, the Swarm gets stronger, and you're going to need to think fast and act faster.

This is a strategic, puzzling, action-packed tower defense game. We've developed and optimized our PS Vita engine to be able to pack more action in that we know Vita players have been asking for. Developing on PS4 means more of everything - more explosions, more special effects, and we plan to add more during the coming...
 

Video: Unusual World of Metrico on PS Vita, New Trailer Debuted

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28w ago - Digital Dreams Level Designer Roy van de Mortel shared a new video trailer today spotlighting the unusual world of Metrico on PS Vita.

To quote: We're celebrating! We're in the final stages of Metrico's production. We'd like to celebrate this phase with a special, branching trailer. We got a lot of requests to show some Metrico gameplay, but we're not showing everything just yet.

We're really excited though to finally release a trailer with in-game footage. The trailer let's you choose whether to watch a [Register or Login to view links] version or a [Register or Login to view links].

As we explained in our previous blog post, Metrico is all about using input to shape the infographics around you and solve puzzles. In this blog entry, we'd like to give a bit more insight into the world of Metrico and our design approach.





Over the last few months, we've been working hard on finishing Metrico's last worlds. There will be six worlds in the final game. We wanted every world to feel fresh and exciting, that's why each world has its own shapes, type of infographics, colors, music, mechanics, challenges, typography, and animation, which all tie closely...
 

Rain Games: Teslagrad on PS3 & PS Vita: The Secrets of Magnetism

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28w ago - Today Eduardo Garabito of Rain Games announced that Teslagrad is hitting PS3 and PS Vita this year with some Secrets of Magnetism detailed below.

To quote: Hi! We've wanted to write this piece for a long time. It's been great to announce Teslagrad for PS3 and PS Vita coming this year, and it's also wonderful to have this opportunity to present our game in detail.

Let's suppose that the question here is simply "Hey, what's Teslagrad about?" We've had to answer that question many, many times, and we have our response down to a science:

Teslagrad is a puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and thereby discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower.

That's quite the statement. How did you like it? It's like a mantra. We just can't recall how many times we've said and/or written that. And that's why we're looking forward to this post. Now we can go into more detail. So, Teslagrad is...

Magnetism: Magnets, we know how they work! Electromagnetic forces are the lifeblood of the game, either acting as a magnetic elevator or as part of teslamancer weaponry (just to pick a couple of the many examples). Magnetic interaction allows you to not only play around as much as you...
 

Video: Hohokum: New Trailer, Q&A with Tycho and Ben Benjamin

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28w ago - Honeyslug Designer and Co-Founder Ricky Haggett shared a new video trailer today showcasing Hohokum, including a Q&A with Tycho and Ben Benjamin below.

To quote: Hey folks! We're back this week to unveil a new trailer for Fun Fair and chat with two of the musicians from Ghostly International who we're collaborating with on the Hohokum soundtrack - super exciting stuff!

In our last post, Dick talked about some of the history behind Fun Fair, dating back to 2011 when we showed Hohokum for the first time. Now we have a new trailer for Fun Fair, accompanied by a track from Ben Benjamin Behold the mischief of the Balloon Seller!

Next up, we have Scott Hansen (Tycho) and Ben Benjamin here to talk about their work on the game. Both have composed original music for Hohokum and it's AMAZING. Tycho's track 'L' - from his new album 'Awake' - is the backdrop for Fun Fair in the game and was featured in our announcement trailer, which you can see here. 'Awake' is out on March 18th and you can pre-order it here - its soooooo good!

A collaboration between a record label like Ghostly and a game like Hohokum is quite unusual - how did it come about? What made you want to be involved?

Scott Hansen: I met with you, Ricky, and you showed me some early test versions of the...
 
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