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Pre-Alpha Version of Sci-Fi Adventure Tether Coming to itch.io

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Following its first-person narrative adventure Tether being put on indefinite hiatus, Freesphere Entertainment has decided to upload the current build of the game to itch.io.

While no hard timeframe has been set for the launch, the studio’s creative director Mark Gregory told OnlySP that the game should be available in the relatively near future, with the team focused on bug fixes and ensuring that the release is scalable across hardware of all levels.

The build is expected to include approximately 45 minutes of gameplay, showing off the high level of environmental interaction and time-bending mechanical complexity that the project promised. Additionally, gamers will be able to access to project for free, though Freesphere will provide prospective customers with the option to show their support through donations.

However, Gregory is careful to note that the intention is not to raise interest or funding for the project but for the studio as a whole to work on other smaller creative projects:

“It’s more about having it published and out there so that the team members who have worked on it for the last two years actually have something that they can point to as they try to look for other opportunities. […] There’s no point of their work living on only on our servers.”

Additionally, the game’s composer, Edward Schenian, has put his work on the game on Bandcamp for interested users to sample. Although the donation option is enabled, Freesphere will receive no money from any sales.

Tether was put on hold earlier this year after almost two years of self-funded development. The game was intended to cast players as a mother separated from her family while on a mission to save the Earth from environmental collapse.

OnlySP recently spoke to Gregory to find out more about the ideas that the game was set to explore and the factors that led to its current situation, as well as where Freesphere is at present. That interview will be available in the coming days.

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RUMOR: PlayStation 5 is ‘Definitively More Powerful’ Than the Next Xbox

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The next console generation speculation is heating up and one insider says PlayStation 5 may begin the next generation with the upper hand.

The mention that the PlayStation 5 will be more powerful than the next Xbox was released into the rumor wild by gaming personality and ex-IGN editor Colin Moriarty during his reoccurring gaming podcast, Sacred Symbols: A PlayStation Podcast. Watch the segment down below at 40:22.

Moriarty first called back to a rumor earlier last week from Game Informer’s executive editor, Andrew Reiner, in which Reiner commented on console rumors he had been hearing.

Then, Moriarty corroborated Reiner’s comment, stating he had “been hearing stuff like this too.”

“[Reiner] had been hearing rumors—and I have been hearing stuff like this too, I really don’t know if it’s true—that the next PlayStation is definitively more powerful; that people that have access to both builds for making games are saying the PlayStation is more powerful.”

The important thing to note is Moriarty making it clear that he has not seen these specs with his own eyes, so, for now, take everything here with a few teraflops of salt. Additionally, even if the information stated in the video is correct, development builds are not the same as the final product, so a lot could change before release.

That said, videos of the PlayStation 5’s load times are no doubt impressive. Whether or not Microsoft can follow with similarly impressive tech will have to wait until later this year.

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