We’re proud to be delivering a real VR recreation with distinctive, PS VR-specific gameplay and an extended in-game playtime, all centered round a full size journey that immerses the participant in a fantasy world. We’ve labored exhausting to design all of the content material in Stardust Odyssey and we hope gamers will benefit from the finish outcome!
Creating the Controls
As VR gamers ourselves, we wished a recreation that delivered (what we think about) all of the important options of a VR recreation: accessibility, consolation, ergonomics, simplicity and intuitiveness. We didn’t need to produce “just another brief experience.”
Whenever you put on a VR headset, you can not have a look at your fingers and the management buttons, as a result of this breaks the immersive expertise. That’s the reason we determined to play the sport with the PS Transfer movement controllers and simply the T button: you possibly can immediately begin enjoying with out having to consider the mapping of the actions. All of the actions are primarily based on merely aiming, urgent, holding and releasing the T button.
In Stardust Odyssey, you play with “magical hooks” that you should utilize to goal at and seize all of the interactive parts from a distance: the rudder to steer your Ethercraft, your spells, the cargoes, and many others. Since you possibly can play utilizing your two fingers, you possibly can plunder cargo whereas steering on the similar time.
Steering Your Ship is a Piece of Cake
Whenever you seize the rudder ball by holding the T button, a blue disc seems in entrance of you, which you should utilize to direct your ship. Aiming contained in the disc makes the Ethercraft strafe horizontally and vertically. To do that, you possibly can both tilt your wrist or transfer your complete arm. To maneuver ahead, you simply need to barely push the rudder ball ahead and to maneuver backward you merely convey the rudder ball nearer to your physique. Blue marks on the facet point out how briskly you might be travelling. You possibly can swap fingers on the controls at any time and select to make use of your left or proper hand in accordance with your preferences. You’ll rapidly learn to perceive the steering HUDs and intuitively really feel how the Ethercraft responds to the vary of actions of your arm. After a few minutes, you’ll not want to take a look at the steering HUD.
Making Good Use of Your “Smuggler Hooks”
As quickly as you could have discovered how you can steer your ship, you can begin interacting together with your surroundings: disguise behind nomads’ ships, plunder cargoes, struggle in opposition to guardians, use the gadgets inside your cockpit, solid highly effective spell orbs, and many others.
As an example, to solid a spell, the participant has to goal at a selected spell orb, after which press and maintain the T button to seize it. The spell hundreds and when it’s prepared, you possibly can really feel its energy in your hand as your hook begins to vibrate. Then, you possibly can goal and solid your highly effective spell at any second you want by releasing the T button.
Every spell consumes power. There are three varieties of power. One sort of power additionally powers your ship, so if that gauge is empty, you lose. As you possibly can simply perceive, you need to steadiness your power gauges while you play.
One of many recreation’s strengths is that it gives gamers with totally different methods they’ll use to face totally different conditions: you possibly can determine which path to take to progress via the degrees, you possibly can select whether or not to face or keep away from enemies, whether or not to get gear in your ship, whether or not to loot and plunder or to only sail as quick as potential.
You possibly can orient your technique by modeling the setup in entrance of you with the 9 spells of the sport. Some are attack-oriented, some are defensive and others are simply helpful instruments to progress via the sport. Deciding on which spells you’ll use is a vital ingredient within the gameplay loop. Additionally, keep in mind that you may mix spells: as an example, you possibly can solid a lightning bolt in a graviton power vortex you could have already summoned up.
One other gameplay function that genuinely adjustments the gaming expertise is the runes. The 21 runes, which gamers will uncover all through the journey, present 21 passive bonuses. A most of three rune slots could be lively on the similar time. As soon as once more, you need to determine on the technique you need to undertake within the recreation, drawing on all kinds of combos.
With all of the totally different decisions you can also make by way of the way you discover ranges, what to do with the loot, the hidden treasures, the gadgets within the store, the methods, and the way you employ your spells and runes, your recreation expertise will definitely be distinctive!
Two Seats, Two Gamers
We designed the Ethercraft with two seats, as a result of we wished to create a social multiplayer expertise from the very outset. At any second within the recreation, you possibly can invite or be part of a good friend and share your journey in co-op. Every part you acquire within the co-op session additionally stays obtainable again in solo mode.
The important thing to this seamless transition between solo and co-op modes is the sport construction mechanic that locks the degrees. To unlock ranges, you need to discover the convoys and discover the valuable Ether. The quantity of Ether you could have determines which ranges you could have entry to. If one of many two gamers has entry to a selected stage, then the staff can enter that stage. The staff can accumulate and full something they need, and even accumulate Ether. As quickly because the co-op session ends, every participant returns to the camp along with his/her up to date quantity of Ether and every part else collected throughout the runs.
So, the co-op mode gives a very clean and seamless participant expertise.
Paradoxically, protecting all of the gameplay parts easy with out making the sport “simplistic” was really very difficult and took plenty of exhausting work! So, I actually hope you’ll benefit from the depth of the gameplay in Stardust Odyssey!