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Nautical Survival Horror Close To The Sun Launching Early 2019

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Close To The Sun, the sea-based first person survival horror by Italian developer Storm In A Teacup, is set to launch early 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Announced at last year’s Gamescom, the title has received relatively little news in terms of updates.  Visually, the project invokes memories of BioShock‘s Objectivist aestheticism, with Close To The Sun embedding this gilded art design in traditional horror tropes.

Powered entirely by the Unreal Engine 4, the game takes players back to the height of Nikola Tesla’s influence in the late 1890s as they board a mysterious ship complex created by the man himself. The ship, on paper, is an attempt to bring the greatest minds of the planet together in one place, but, as the genre suggests, this Randian aim meets nefarious ends.

Players assume the role of Rose, a journalist searching for her sister aboard the ship. The game will feature no way for players to defend themselves against the hordes of interdimensional enemies that litter the ship’s floors, with the game’s design prioritising evasion and stealth.

The title will feature a healthy amount of puzzle solving and the need for quick reflexes as Rose pieces together the mystery behind Tesla’s ship, along with the implications of man’s attempt to change history. Previously, the developer has described the game as “story centric,” but Close to the Sun appears to thread in more gameplay than previously thought.

More details are to be revealed at Gamescom 2018. For more on the title, and the best from Gamescom, be sure to follow OnlySP on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Technology Will Deliver a ‘Brand New Way to Explore the Entire Saga’

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will benefit from modern technological capabilities leading to a whole new project rather than just remastering older episodes.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, James McCloughlin game director at TT Games discussed the studio’s technological progress regarding game design compared to 15 years ago. McCloughlin confirmed that instead of remastering episodes one to six, the studio is developing a whole new experience to align with current player standards.

“We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games—mainly episodes one to six—and since then we have learned so much as a studio.” He continued, “The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.”

One of the main features expected to dramatically change will be the size and scope of episodes one to six. McLoughlin highlights that player freedom is one of the biggest expectations of gamers and cited his experience working on Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War, and the Batman Arkham series.

“Freedom is a massive part of modern games—since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio.”

Furthermore McLoughlin explained that TT Games monitors consumer reception to its games, so after The Skywalker Saga is released the studio will consistently evaluate players’ reactions (both good and bad): “We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn’t as readily available 15 years ago,” he explained. “We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. OnlySP’s Mike Cripe got to see the game in action at E3, finding that it may yet be as good as the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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