All of us within the studio have been nice sci-fi followers since we have been children, and with a few of us now in our forties, which means we’ve been into science fiction for a number of many years at this level.
A variety of issues have modified since a few of these traditional tales have been first informed; however the core themes appear to remain simply as thought-provoking and tales appear simply as present right now as they have been again then, even when they missed the mark in sure particulars. For instance, an Xbox console might be a number of orders of magnitude extra highly effective than the central laptop of the unique Enterprise judging by its response time to Mr. Spock’s queries.
We injected this love of science fiction into our recreation – Scars Above, a single-player third individual motion journey. Scars combines the rewarding really feel of overcoming problem with a compelling sci-fi story. In truth, the problem itself is woven into the narrative, as are the sport’s core mechanics. Set on a mysterious alien world, you play a stranded astronaut confronted with overwhelming odds, having to make use of each useful resource at her disposal to outlive. From crafting and utilizing elemental weapons and devices, to exploiting the weaknesses of hostile fauna and flora, and alternatives discovered within the setting – the strategy to fight isn’t solely a design resolution but in addition a storytelling one.
When writing Scars Above, we needed to seize an old-school sci-fi really feel; partly as a result of our love for these tales, but in addition as a result of their continued relevance, thrill, and imagination-building that stands the take a look at of time. In fact, we gave our story a contemporary spin and hopefully managed to sneak in a couple of surprises right here and there too.
Whereas Scars attracts inspiration from many sources – and there are too many to notice right here – a couple of of genre-defining works have been caught in my thoughts whereas developing with the sport’s authentic idea: the moral dilemmas of science and the risks of unchecked technological progress in Basis by Asimov; the mission-oriented AI devoid of moral restraints from Clarke’s 2001: A House Odyssey; and, maybe surprisingly, the strangeness and the unexpectedness discovered past the rabbit gap in Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, all left their mark on Kate’s journey on the mysterious extrasolar planet.
With regards to the cult classics on the display screen, the comparability to Alien is, in fact, apparent; from the resourcefulness of Ellen Ripley to the organic horror of the Xenomorph. A much less apparent inspiration will be present in a film earlier than my time (I keep in mind watching it on TCM as a child, it was an “outdated traditional” even then) – “Forbidden Planet” from 1956. It was the primary science fiction film set totally on one other planet, removed from Earth. It additionally featured one of many first AI characters with its personal character.
Lastly, the thought of protagonists being explorers and scientists as a substitute of troopers and warriors stems from Star Trek – a unbroken supply of inspiration for our total studio. In truth, right here’s some trivia for you: Kate is known as after the actress Kate Mulgrew – Captain Janeway from Star Trek Voyager.
Good sci-fi is timeless and we hope to have captured a few of its essence within the story of Scars Above, giving it a little bit of that enduring high quality. In fact, it’s a contemporary story in a contemporary story-driven motion recreation, following present traits in each gameplay and storytelling. Our plan has all the time been to have an interaction between the story and recreation mechanics. For instance, the best way Scars is difficult displays the size between Kate and the terrifying organic monstrosities that she should face. Kate’s engineering and scientific abilities, relatively than fight coaching, translate to devices and weapons gamers must depend on as a part of the tactical fight within the recreation.
When she’s not preventing, Kate is fixing the thriller of the planet and revealing the story by means of analysis and scientific exploration, additionally depicted by means of gameplay. We made gameplay mechanics part of the story (even the “respawn” mechanic is a story aspect), and we used the story to drive the design of the mechanics. It’s a contemporary story, informed by trendy gameplay – impressed by sci-fi classics and eternal themes of human curiosity, exploration, and science; and alien planets full of scary monsters, in fact.
We will’t wait so that you can beat the percentages utilizing data, experimentation, tactical considering, and sharp taking pictures abilities – as you wrestle to remain calm and exact throughout intense moments of terror. Scars Above comes out right now, February 28th for Xbox One and Xbox Collection X|S.
Scars Above is a difficult sci-fi third-person motion journey shooter combining the rewarding really feel of overcoming problem with a compelling and complicated story, set in a mysterious alien world to discover.
Some issues weren’t meant to be found…
A colossal and enigmatic alien construction seems in Earth’s orbit and stuns your complete world; humanity names it ‘The Metahedron’. The Sentient Contact Evaluation and Response crew (SCAR) – consisting of scientists and engineers – is distributed to research.
Issues don’t go as deliberate and the Metahedron hauls the crew throughout area onto a mysterious extrasolar planet. Taking part in the function of Dr Kate Ward – a SCAR member – who wakes up dazed, alone in a wierd, hostile setting. Decided to outlive, you got down to discover your crew and unravel the thriller behind what’s occurred.
SURVIVE AGAINST ALL ODDS:
Kate is an astronaut and a scientist – not a soldier – however she’s resourceful and decided to do something to outlive.
Use a mixture of ranged weapons, gadgets, consumables and melee assaults, that you must handle stamina as you run, dodge, exploit weak factors and uncover efficient techniques to defeat your foes
Mix completely different elemental assaults to beat the percentages and break by means of in any other case impassable obstacles.
Craft completely different gadgets and devices to assist you in opposition to the numerous threats on this exoplanet.
EXPLORE A MYSTERIOUS EXOPLANET:
Immerse your self in a rigorously crafted journey, impressed by the sci-fi classics.
Discover an alien world full of numerous threats, attractive landscapes and ruins hinting of an historic – but superior – civilisation that in some way disappeared.
Journey by means of completely different biomes, akin to marshlands, freezing wastelands, underground caverns and alien services – all with their very own set of challenges, enemies, secrets and techniques and environmental hazards.
EMBARK ON A RESEARCH JOURNEY:
Kate is a scientist to her core and you may use that scientific experience to extract data out of your environment by scanning artifacts, supplies and creatures with a view to find out about their options, properties and weaknesses.
As you discover your environment, you’ll conduct evaluation and achieve data which is able to let you craft new devices, weapons and unlock talents in Xenobiology and Engineering bushes.
THRILLING BOSS FIGHTS:
Ghastly enemy designs – with numerous methods and techniques – will preserve encounters contemporary, forcing you to search out artistic methods to defeat them.
The Scars Above Expertise:
[*] Immerse your self in an thrilling sci-fi journey impressed by the classics of the style
[*] Discover an enigmatic and complicated alien world – with loads of mysteries to uncover
[*] Struggle tactically, utilizing a mixture of elemental assaults, devices and gadgets, exploit the setting and enemy weaknesses
[*] Interact thrilling and difficult enemies and executives, from hulking rock-covered monstrosities to nightmarish creatures lurking at nighttime
[*] Acquire data and purchase new abilities
[* ]Scan enemies to find out about their weaknesses and behaviours
[*] Use your scientific abilities to conduct analysis and extrapolate data
Mature Content material Description:
The builders describe the content material like this:
Violence, Depictions mutated human our bodies, Depictions of useless and mutilated aliens.