October 3, 2013

Transistor to use the DualShock 4 Lightbar in an Interesting, subtle way



Since 2011 I have been a huge fan of SuperGiant Games. Bastion flew under my radar and when I sat down to review the title, I was blown away and have since played through the title several times and came away amazed every time. Their newest title, Transistor, is set to release next year on the PlayStation 4. With new hardware comes a new controller and already SuperGiant Games is looking to bring the game closer to the player. The Official PlayStation Blog is running an article  discussing with SuperGiant Games how they plan to use the DS4 in interesting ways. Below is a picture of the DualShock 4 and the light bar in question. The light bar is capable of creating any color and SuperGiant is using it for dialog, in a certain way.

According to the article, the Transistor, the circuit board like sword Red carries with her, glows a certain hue of blue and pulsates when it is speaking. SuperGiant has programmed the DualShock 4 to do the same. They said they have matched the blue and light pulsating to capture the feel of holding Transistor in your hands.

“Nevertheless, it’s a subtle enough feature so we didn’t really play it up. We don’t like talking about our games in terms of specific features anyway, plus we wanted to see if anyone would even notice. And sure enough, when we showed Transistor at PAX Prime recently, dozens of people who played it mentioned to us that they caught that little detail, and how cool they thought it was.”

I love when developers through subtle features in, never discuss it with the media, and get to see natural reactions from players. If the reaction is positive, you know you are on to something, that may not be game changing, but is unique and outside the box. I can not wait to play this title. Titles like Bastion, Limbo, and Hotline Miami have really opened the indie floodgates for me, and I am constantly impressed by what we will see from devs in the next generation. Darren Korb will be returning to compose the soundtrack, if it is anything like Bastions, we are in for a huge audio treat. Check out the E3 trailer below, and Transistor will be out on the PlayStation 4 and PC in 2014.


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