Oddworld: Soulstorm is just not a remake within the conventional sense. Remakes are highly regarded proper now and we’ve got seen a number of great video games in that vein just lately. Soulstorm differs in that it builds on what we initially wished to do 22 years in the past.
Again then, we weren’t afforded the time to execute our imaginative and prescient for the second recreation in Abe’s five-part quintology. We had simply efficiently launched Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (a.ok.a. Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty), the primary recreation in Abe’s quintology, and we have been requested to ship a sequel to it inside 9 months.
We needed to chop and lower down what we wished to do to get it carried out. That meant Abe’s Exoddus was a wildly totally different story and expertise than what we initially supposed within the grand dream of the overarching five-game quintology.
Soulstorm is our grand dream come true. It’s a new recreation. It’s our try and make the deeper and extra conceptually unsettling second episode within the story of Abe that we initially supposed all these years in the past. The story takes place after the occasions of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, when Abe follows his future to avoid wasting his fellow Mudokons from company oppression. Soulstorm additionally options new gameplay mechanics together with a scavenging and crafting system, the place Abe could make versatile gadgets like mines that knock enemy guards unconscious.
Our companions at Sony, Microids, and Unity helped us tremendously alongside the best way and we might not be right here with out them. Most significantly, if not for followers of our video games, Soulstorm would by no means have occurred. Thanks on your continued assist all these years.
Tomorrow is the day our authentic imaginative and prescient for the second recreation in Abe’s five-part quintology, when Oddworld: Soulstorm launches. Let’s dive into issues it is best to know earlier than you embark on Abe’s subsequent journey.
The digital model of the sport releases April 6 on PS5 and PS4. The PS5 model can be free for PlayStation Plus members throughout April. Additionally, if you are going to buy the PS4 digital model, you possibly can improve to the PS5 digital model at no further value.*
The bodily retail variations of the sport can be in shops on July 6. If you buy the bodily retail PS4 model, you’ll get the PS5 digital model for gratis.
Save your followers, they’re necessary
There are practically 1,400 Mudokons which you can save in Oddworld: Soulstorm. The way you determine to play is as much as you, however be mindful there are a number of endings within the recreation, and we suggest you attempt to save a minimum of 80% of the Mudokons in every degree (extra information beneath).
There may be power in numbers with followers being a plus multiplier for Abe. In New ‘n’ Tasty, Mudokons adopted you or stayed put. They have been beasts of burden you led by lethal impediment programs within the hopes they’d be rescued. Your followers gave you no actual assist or energy of scale; they only made your job more durable.
In Soulstorm, it’s extra than simply saving all these Mudokons for a greater Quarmic rating and narrative final result. Gamers will be capable to harness the facility of numbers to resolve their means out of tougher conditions that may very well be unimaginable for Abe to tackle alone. This additionally offers the participant a capability to position these extra succesful (and doubtlessly deadly) followers round a degree to lie in wait as energetic brokers that may supply safety. We wished a capability for the participant to place followers like guards and have defensive and offensive capabilities.
A number of Endings
Endings! Soulstorm has 15 core ranges, with two further ranges on the finish of the sport if you’re good at saving Mudokons (making 17 ranges complete). There are 4 varieties of endings within the recreation. On the finish of every particular person degree, you obtain a Quarma rating primarily based on the variety of Mudokons you save. You could save a minimum of 80% of the Mudokons in a degree to realize a very good rating, however technically you don’t have to avoid wasting any to progress by the sport’s 15 core ranges. However this 80% rating is significant if you wish to unlock ranges 16 and 17.
Right here is the breakdown:
- Worst Ending – Save 80% of the Mudokons in 6 ranges, or fewer.
- Unhealthy Ending – Save 80% of Mudokons in 7 to 11 ranges. Put together for an explosive cinematic.
- Good Ending – Save 80% of Mudokons in 12 or extra ranges. This unlocks a further cinematic and entry to ranges 16 and 17.
- Closing Ending – Save 80% of Mudokons in all 17 ranges. Sit again and benefit from the “newspaper cinematic.”
Stage Choose & Quarma Rating
When you end the sport, you unlock Stage Choose. This mode lets you replay any degree you need, as a lot as you need. It lets you replay ranges to enhance your Quarma rating and earn extra badges. Extra importantly, in the event you didn’t unlock the ending you wished, you possibly can replay the degrees to attempt to save extra Mudokons.
However like all Oddworld video games, it is best to count on a problem. In Stage Choose in the event you die, don’t fear, you’ll respawn on the nearest examine level. However there are no save factors. You could play your complete degree all through to earn your new Quarma rating and badges.
On the finish of every degree, you’re given a Quarma rating. This rating relies on the variety of Mudokons you save vs. those who died or have been missed, in addition to earned badges. The extra Mudokons you save, the upper your Quarma rating. You possibly can add your scores to the leaderboards to see the place you rank in opposition to different Soulstorm gamers.
PS5 & PS4 Expertise
We set out to make sure that PS5 and PS4 gamers loved a virtually equivalent core gameplay expertise. You’ll see the identical variety of NPCs on the display (generally 100s) with explosions and high-octane motion. To attain this, the PS4 runs at 30 frames per second whereas the PS5 runs at 60 frames per second.
One other distinctive facet to PS5 is the DualSense wi-fi controller, which brings new features that we felt would additional enhance the participant’s emotional connection to the characters. For instance, in occasions of hazard you’ll really feel the palpitations of Abe’s heartbeat enhance with haptics and expertise resistance from the adaptive triggers.
Oddworld: Soulstorm additionally faucets into PS5’s Sport Assist*. Oddworld has a status for creating difficult video games, and Soulstorm is not any totally different. Sport Assistance is there that can assist you when you possibly can’t fairly determine it out and wish a little bit help. Gamers can get hints, ideas, and walkthrough movies without having to depart the sport. These hints might be accessed for the particular space of the sport they’re enjoying (utilizing the PS5’s Exercise Playing cards), in order that they don’t should spend time looking the web or danger seeing spoilers.
We’re excited to lastly convey Oddworld: Soulstorm to gamers on April 6. We hope you take pleasure in it. We want you and your family members well being, luck, and happiness. Keep Odd!
*Improve to the digital PS5™ model of the sport at no further value. To improve eligible PS4™ disc copies, gamers want a PS5 console with a disc drive. PlayStation.com/assist
**Energetic PS Plus membership required.