Oddworld: Soulstorm is just not a remake within the conventional sense. Remakes are extremely popular proper now and now we have seen a number of great video games in that vein not too long ago. Soulstorm differs in that it builds on what we initially needed to do 22 years in the past.
Again then, we weren’t afforded the time to execute our imaginative and prescient for the second sport in Abe’s five-part quintology. We had simply efficiently launched Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (a.ok.a. Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty), the primary sport 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 needed to do to get it carried out. That meant Abe’s Exoddus was a wildly completely different story and expertise than what we initially meant within the grand dream of the overarching five-game quintology.
Soulstorm is our grand dream come true. It’s a new sport. It’s our try and make the deeper and extra conceptually unsettling second episode within the story of Abe that we initially meant 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 objects like mines that knock enemy guards unconscious.
Our companions at Sony, Microids, and Unity helped us tremendously alongside the best way and we’d 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 sport in Abe’s five-part quintology, when Oddworld: Soulstorm launches. Let’s dive into issues you need 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 will likely be free for PlayStation Plus members throughout April. Additionally, if you buy the PS4 digital model, you possibly can improve to the PS5 digital model at no further price.*
The bodily retail variations of the sport will likely be in shops on July 6. If you are going to buy the bodily retail PS4 model, you’ll get the PS5 digital model without charge.
Save your followers, they’re essential
There are practically 1,400 Mudokons that you may save in Oddworld: Soulstorm. The way you determine to play is as much as you, however take into account there are a number of endings within the sport, and we suggest you attempt to save at the least 80% of the Mudokons in every degree (extra information beneath).
There’s energy 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 via lethal impediment programs within the hopes they’d be rescued. Your followers gave you no actual assist or energy of scale; they simply made your job more durable.
In Soulstorm, it’s extra than simply saving all these Mudokons for a greater Quarmic rating and narrative end result. Gamers will be capable to harness the ability of numbers to resolve their approach out of tougher conditions that might be unattainable 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 needed 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 kinds of endings within the sport. On the finish of every particular person degree, you obtain a Quarma rating based mostly on the variety of Mudokons you save. You should save at the least 80% of the Mudokons in a degree to attain a superb rating, however technically you don’t have to avoid wasting any to progress via the sport’s 15 core ranges. However this 80% rating is important 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.
- Dangerous 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 an extra cinematic and entry to ranges 16 and 17.
- Last 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, for those who didn’t unlock the ending you needed, you possibly can replay the degrees to attempt to save extra Mudokons.
However like all Oddworld video games, you need to count on a problem. In Stage Choose for those who die, don’t fear, you’ll respawn on the nearest examine level. However there are no save factors. You should play the complete degree throughout to earn your new Quarma rating and badges.
On the finish of every degree, you might be given a Quarma rating. This rating is predicated 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’ll be able to add your scores to the leaderboards to see the place you rank towards different Soulstorm gamers.
PS5 & PS4 Expertise
We set out to make sure that PS5 and PS4 gamers loved an almost similar core gameplay expertise. You’ll see the identical variety of NPCs on the display (generally 100s) with explosions and high-octane motion. To realize 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 Recreation Assist*. Oddworld has a popularity for creating difficult video games, and Soulstorm is not any completely different. Recreation Assistance is there that will help you when you possibly can’t fairly determine it out and want just a little help. Gamers can get hints, ideas, and walkthrough movies while not having to go away the sport. These hints will be accessed for the particular space of the sport they’re taking part in (utilizing the PS5’s Exercise Playing cards), in order that they don’t should spend time looking out 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, success, and happiness. Keep Odd!
*Improve to the digital PS5™ model of the sport at no further price. To improve eligible PS4™ disc copies, gamers want a PS5 console with a disc drive. PlayStation.com/assist
**Lively PS Plus membership required.