MixedBag announced forma.8 Friday. The Italian indie developer created forma.8 out of a small gameplay concept based on an experimental control system for touch-enabled devices. The concept that eventually evolved into a full fledged game will be making its way to most platforms later this year. By most, I mean PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, iOS, PC, Mac and Linux.
forma.8 is a metroidvania title that puts you in control of an aptly named forma.8 exploration probe at some point in the distant future. He's stranded alone on an alien planet after being separated from his comrades from one of those accident things that always seems to happen to people in video games. If the forma.8 unit doesn't recover an energy source deep within the planet before it's too late, who knows what might happen?
forma.8 starts off giving you no direction, but you'll slowly uncover the story and learn where to go as you explore the alien world and interact with the frequently hostile environment. Since the forma unit has been stranded, there's not much chance of reaching out to it through verbal communication, so you'll have to make do with imagery and sound to figure out where to go next.
MixedBag's co-founder Mauro Fanelli was fairly excited to be able to announce the project, stating:
"I’m so excited to finally reveal forma.8 for consoles, mobile, tablets and computers. I think it’s amazing that the first game announced for a next-generation console from an Italian team is an indie project made by an indie team. It wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago. A massive thanks to Sony and Nintendo for the support, and to Unity for making it possible."
Excited yet? No? Check out these features and the trailer below:
- An expansive world to explore
- An intriguing and mysterious story
- Dystopian visions!
- Secrets to uncover
- Lots of enemies
- Lots of BIG enemies
- Some more B I G G E R enemies
- ...and all the power-ups you need to take care of them and to avoid all the nasty stuff you'll face on the remote, alien planet
- 60 frames per second super fluid action
forma.8 currently has a release window of Q3 2014.