The managing director of Supermassive Games (who formerly created the PlayStation 4-exclusive Until Dawn; now they are developing the multiplatform The Dark Pictures Anthology) believes that Sony’s new controller will make us feel more attached to the characters in the games.
„It’s really exciting for us. As you say, we’ve had some experience not just with Until Dawn but we spent a couple of years working in VR and making some games in VR and got to play with some stuff, including voice control in one of the VR titles that we did. So yeah, we’re excited, we like the new stuff – we like trying to design for new stuff.
You mentioned the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller and its features, and we’ve been having some chats about that for a little while now about how we’re going to use that. The whole tactile thing – as much as we can transfer what you’d expect the character’s experience to be directed back to the player, I think the better attachment you feel to the characters.
The voice controls that we did before was VR so it was first-person, so it made a lot of sense to make your choices [using your voice] because it was you in the game – in the third-person perspective it perhaps makes less sense. But we’re already having some discussions […] about some things we might do, some things that we might incorporate into the game having seen the announcement of the DualSense,” Pete Samuels told GameReactor. It might be beneficial on paper, but things are often far different in practice.
Samuels has also expressed his excitement regarding the spread of the game streaming platforms: „A new generation of consoles is always exciting. Streaming platforms are massively exciting, as they try to broaden the gaming audience, and we think what we do plays to that in terms of the types of experience we build, bringing film watchers and TV viewers into our world. There’s so much to be excited about over the next couple of years.”
Supermassive Games will launch the second game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, called Little Hope, this summer via Bandai Namco on the usual suspects: the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and PC (via Steam).
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