Good day PlayStation Weblog! I’m Corey Martin, designer, programmer and musician on Bonfire Peaks, a brand new puzzle recreation crafted in partnership with Draknek & Mates (creators/publishers of A Monster’s Expedition). I’m excited to share that Bonfire Peaks might be launching September thirtieth on each PS4 and PS5!
In Bonfire Peaks, you begin off on the shore of a mysterious island destroy with a easy set of objectives: Climb the ruins, resolve puzzles, and repeatedly set your belongings on fireplace. Right here’s our launch trailer to shortly sum it up:
Over 200 handcrafted puzzles are bonded collectively throughout that painstakingly designed overworld. Each puzzle presents a definite concept, both exhibiting you a brand new mechanic or utilizing a mechanic in a brand new and distinctive manner. Alongside your journey, you’ll run into traps and different risks that result in shocking, emergent puzzle designs. You don’t achieve any power-ups, or develop as a participant character; as a substitute, the extent geometry and environments reveal prospects that had been there all alongside.
Have you ever ever performed a recreation and had your ahead progress get blocked by a single puzzle, and it feels just like the puzzle is an impediment between you and the remainder of the sport? I’ve and it feels unhealthy. In Bonfire Peaks, the island overworld is structured in such a manner that, when you get previous the primary couple puzzles, there’s all the time a handful accessible to you at any given time. In case you get caught on a puzzle, you’ll be able to all the time strive one other and make progress with out returning to the primary one (except you need to, in fact!).
I began engaged on Bonfire Peaks in November 2018 as a part of a recreation jam, the theme of which was “sacrifices should be made.” I went into the jam realizing I needed to make a recreation about climbing by some means, and the theme then impressed carrying an object for the sake of sacrificing it. Carrying stuff makes climbing tougher, in order that made a kind of framework for what ended up being a sappy recreation about nostalgia.
The artwork fashion was impressed by a wave of unimaginable voxel artists (Knos, MadMaraca, Paul Riehle, Dima, amongst many others) I had been following for some time. Usually whenever you see voxel artwork in video video games it’s low element and cute, which is nice, however I hope we get to see numerous “mature” cube-y video games. There’s such a broad vary of moods and kinds inside pixel artwork, I really feel there’s the identical potential in voxel artwork.
Within the almost 3 years that Bonfire Peaks has been in improvement, it repeatedly organically grew in scope and ambition as I collaborated with recreation designer Alan Hazelden (A Monster’s Expedition) in addition to the good voxel artists Mari Ok (aka MadMaraca) and Zach Soares (Moonglow Bay). I’m too near it now, however I actually suppose we’ve made one thing particular right here.
The PS5 model of Bonfire Peaks has one Exercise Card for each puzzle stage within the recreation. Connected to each single one is a touch video exhibiting you tips on how to resolve the puzzle. Utilizing the Recreation Assist function, PlayStation Plus subscribers can search particular assist with out worrying about spoiling future puzzles or mechanics. You’ll be able to watch as a lot or little of the answer as you want earlier than leaping again in and finishing it your self. There’s lots of pleasure within the discovery of options, so we hope you give every puzzle a good shot first, however we’re completely not hint-shamers and don’t consider there’s a proper or fallacious method to benefit from the recreation. Recreation Assist is a superb accessibility function that we’re proud to assist.
Lastly, we’re comfortable to announce that we’re additionally launching a Bonfire Peaks Recreation and Soundtrack Bundle on PlayStation on September thirtieth, containing the unique soundtrack and the PS4 and PS5 variations of the sport. The music is equal elements heat, fairly and unsettling, and I feel it’s a very massive a part of what makes Bonfire Peaks particular. It’s very immediately impressed by a few of my favorite composers like Philip Glass and Angelo Badalamenti, in addition to nice songwriters like Burt Bacharach and Brian Wilson. I actually just like the temper it units, and I hope you do too. Soundtrack, recreation, all of it; I hope you try Bonfire Peaks and revel in your time with it.