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The UnderGarden Coming to PSN this Winter

Antonio Santamaria's Avatar Posted by Antonio Santamaria on Jan 13, 2011 // Head of Engineering, Vitamin-G

Congratulations! You’ve hit rank 50 in another first-person shooter. Now it’s time for something completely different. Welcome to The UnderGarden.

We at Vitamin G Studios are excited to introduce you to our new game, coming to PSN this winter. The UnderGarden is about exploration. It’s part game and part experience, with a little bit of puzzle solving mixed in. The game takes place across different worlds of windy tunnels, dark places filled with fog, and areas where electricity turns large rock gears endlessly. As the player, you float through these dark caverns, and fill them with color and music. You’ll need to collect pollen to grow beautiful flowers and exotic plants. Some of these plants bear fruit, used to manipulate doors, levers, gears, and other contraptions you find along the way. There are also special items to collect, and new flora and fruit to discover, and as they bloom the lighting and animations make the entire environment spring to life. Music also plays a huge part in the game, and almost everything you touch makes different musical tones. As you fill the world with music, you’ll run into the musicians, who play different instruments and will keep you company on your journey.

Undergarden for PS3 (PSN) Undergarden for PS3 (PSN)

The game supports drop-in/drop-out co-op play, so a second player can join in and play along for the whole game, or just a level or two. We wanted to make it fun for two people to play together, even if they aren’t both at the same skill level. In co-op, the second player is there to help the first gather pollen and solve puzzles. So you don’t have to worry about getting lost or left behind: they always get pulled along and you’ll always be close together. The second player can even just float around making everything colourful and musical while the first player does the heavy lifting: it’s up to you. We think it is a great way to get a friend or significant other into the game, especially if they don’t usually play games.

Undergarden for PS3 (PSN)

Many games are really fast-paced and full of tension. The UnderGarden is pretty much the polar opposite of that. It is about creating rather than destroying: you can’t die, you can’t really fail, and you play at your own pace. In the right state of mind, it is a nice relaxing experience. You can pour yourself a beverage, shut off the lights, and just float around the world. If you are a fan of games like Flower, or flOw, then you’ll be right at home here. Even if you spend more time playing shooters, The UnderGarden is a great change of pace to help you unwind afterwards.

Undergarden for PS3 (PSN)

So who are you and why are you here? Your name’s Ludwig and you’ve been described as everything from a floating baby to a space monkey. But who you really are, and what this place is, are things you’ll have to figure out on your own, so you’ll have to use your imagination there!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll talk about some of the ideas behind the game, and the music as we get closer to release. We hope to see you in The UnderGarden in a few weeks!

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+ megamixer on January 13th, 2011 at 10:39 am said:

So it will be relaxing but will make those that want to be a completionist sweat a little? Works for me! I don’t play shooting games, but I have played a good deal of rpgs and puzzlers recently so a game like this ought to be refreshing. So long as its more like Flower and less like fl0w… the latter of which honestly freaked me out. D:


+ plaztiksyke on January 13th, 2011 at 11:24 am said:

I’m so glad to see this coming to PSN!

Couple of questions:
1. does it render in 1080p natively?

2. are there any graphical improvements over the versions on other platforms?

3. are the audio assets 24-bit and/or losslessly compressed? (at the very least please tell us it’s not a straight copy of the crappy MP3-sounding assets from the XBLA version)

@33, another vote from me for Super Meat Boy and more indie games on PSN! PSN had a great initial burst of indie and art games which seems to have died off in the last year or so :(


+ jelly_bean on January 13th, 2011 at 11:36 am said:

I have the impression I saw the conception of a game like this in the Tester Season 2… I think I’ll get it if the price is right of course :)


+ KongWen on January 13th, 2011 at 11:39 am said:

@33 – Super Meat Boy isn’t on WiiWare. It was cancelled entirely for both WiiWare and Wii retail.

Good to see this coming to PSN. Is it a straight port from the XBLA/Steam versions, or has the code been tweaked to take advantage of Sony’s hardware (incl. Move, etc.)?

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    + Antonio Santamaria on January 13th, 2011 at 11:48 am said:

    The PS3 version was developed at the same time as the other versions, so it wasn’t just a straight port of an already finished game. It shares the levels, but the PS3 version has a couple extra levels included with it as well.

    Move is something we would certainly be interested in looking at if there’s enough interest. We’re open for suggestions!


+ Trieloth on January 13th, 2011 at 11:59 am said:

I played the demo on the 360 and it was fun but it made me so sleepy. I preffer my Ps3 to play games on so there is a good chance i will get this. If it had Move support itwould increase the odds of me getting this game.

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    + Antonio Santamaria on January 13th, 2011 at 12:16 pm said:

    Did it make you sleepy, or did it just make you very, very relaxed? :)


+ JKC31 on January 13th, 2011 at 12:02 pm said:

I’ll buy it for the 360 then. I don’t really buy from PSN anymore.


+ tylerh1701 on January 13th, 2011 at 12:11 pm said:

I have it on 360 i’ve only beat a couple levels. It’s kinda slow for hardcore gamers but probably great for fun, relaxing coop or to play with someone who doesn’t normally play video games. As for price, i’d assume it will release at $10 since that’s what it was on 360.

And as for Super Meat Boy, I’m pretty sure Team Meat is contractually prohibited to release that game on PS3. I’d find the link for it but i’m too lazy.


+ FearMonkey on January 13th, 2011 at 12:15 pm said:

Antonio Santamaria said: “There are 17 levels in all, plus a bunch of bonus outfits for your character that you can unlock as you play.”

ooooh! Unlockable Costumes! I am so in. :D

FYI, to any other developers out there. Every game should have unlockable costumes. >_<


+ ratwouldbeking on January 13th, 2011 at 10:41 am said:

Looks somewhat similar to Ambrosia SW’s Aquaria. That said, I wouldn’t have minded if the video was a little more coherent – I couldn’t really tell what was going on.

Looking forward to trying it out myself!


+ ShadowOfEden on January 13th, 2011 at 10:49 am said:

I played it on X360 and found the game really too easy. I love having a challenge on game, from insane AI to ridiculously complex puzzles. The satisfaction of completing them is a great feeling.

I’d love to get Super Meat Boy on PS3! It’s on WiiWare, Steam and XBL. Come on, why no PSN? :( I prefer to play games on my PS3 and would buy it again!


+ Glacier928 on January 13th, 2011 at 10:54 am said:

Looks really relaxing! It’s great to see developers try something new and refreshing. These are the type of games that inspire me to get into the game development field, originally is where it all counts. The game is boasting a really great visual style! Best of luck throughout the rest of development!


+ Shaelyn on January 13th, 2011 at 11:11 am said:

Yay a game for me the bf. :D


+ Hooligantuan on January 13th, 2011 at 11:12 am said:

Gentlemen prefer a well-kept undergarden.


+ snake4308 on January 13th, 2011 at 11:12 am said:

Wait….so you mean this winter? As in this month or next? or do you mean november/december?

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    + Antonio Santamaria on January 13th, 2011 at 11:19 am said:

    Definitely meant this winter, as in the one that caused me to warm up my car this morning! Likely in the next month or so; there should be an exact date announced shortly.


+ halowars7 on January 13th, 2011 at 11:13 am said:

@30. Awesome! I also enjoy Flow a lot, and I’ll definetely be looking forward to the demo also, regardless I’ll still be picking up this game in Winter.


+ letherclad on January 13th, 2011 at 11:15 am said:

seems interesting, I’ll keep an eye out for it


+ vanwinkle on January 13th, 2011 at 12:35 pm said:

Move support would be very cool IMO. Would increase the chances of me buying. And it doesn’t seem like the kind of game where all of the core mechanics need to be changed to accomodate the Move so it shouldn’t be hard. Love the look of the game, by the way.


+ T3mpr1x on January 13th, 2011 at 12:48 pm said:

That has got to be one of the best intros to a blog post I’ve seen here! Hahaha well done, looking forward to this, and thankfully there will be a demo!


+ plaztiksyke on January 13th, 2011 at 2:15 pm said:

guess my questions weren’t worthy of an answer :(


+ ShadowOfEden on January 13th, 2011 at 3:51 pm said:

Well I haven’t booted my Wii in over a year, so I didn’t really care for the Wii version, but I heard about it, just not that it was cancelled. Anyways, I still want it on PS3. :P


+ rrodriguezz on January 13th, 2011 at 3:55 pm said:

hey quealguien me ayude hacer el downloads del digital game pack, que no lo puedo hacer ya registre el psp go, y no se a donde ir para hacer el downloads
que alguiem me ayude hacerlo please


+ SpyDudeFX on January 13th, 2011 at 4:13 pm said:

Game looks great, prefer control stick so I can play while in bed lol Any plans to offer PS Home rewards? Consider a week one discount for Plus subscribers too.


+ Permafry_42 on January 13th, 2011 at 4:40 pm said:

Agree with most of the comments above: i’m going to need to try the demo before i decide, i’m definitely supportive of move support or sixaxis support as motion control when done right can really make the game more relaxing (case in point Flower), I am a fan of all the games you were inspired by, and i would love it if it could have a discount for PSN+ subscribers.


+ NESGamepro on January 13th, 2011 at 5:08 pm said:

Looks interesting for sure, put my name in the hat for Move support as well.


+ guitarded77 on January 13th, 2011 at 7:13 pm said:

DAY ONE!!!!!!!!!! I love the art style and it looks like a good chill game when I’m done playing shooters and the like.


+ Monetep on January 13th, 2011 at 7:20 pm said:

Looks beautiful and relaxing, reminds me to Flower, nice, i love new game mechanics…


+ RyuuNoSekai on January 13th, 2011 at 7:35 pm said:

as a consumer, i am extremely pissed i had to wait while the game was already out on something else despite being intended for multiple releases.

as a gamer, i am intrigue at how amazing this looks.

i’ll flip a coin for the purchase.


+ Elvick_ on January 13th, 2011 at 7:51 pm said:

Should have brought this news a long time ago, since it’s been out on XBLA for awhile now. I bought it there, assuming it wasn’t coming to PSN. If this does get Move controls though, then I’ll buy it again gladly. It would be perfect for Move and the entire time I’ve been playing it on 360 that’s what I’ve been thinking.

Game is awesome for those wondering. It reminds me of Flower and PixelJunk Eden in a few ways, not that it’s copying either. It’s its own thing all together, but will definitely remind you of both of those games while you play.


+ Frostquake on January 13th, 2011 at 10:08 pm said:

Is this the exact same one that I got on XBLA?? Also I got it for $5.00 On Sale for 1 Week on XBLA. Will it be $5.00 on PSN? If so I will come closer to getting it again.


+ EggySong85 on January 14th, 2011 at 12:44 am said:

I actually just saw this game for the first time the other night when my friend played it on his xbox. I was impressed.

I’m curious though. It seems like the frames-per-second in the video here were a bit more smooth than when I watched him play. Will the PS3 version run better than the 360 version? Is the footage in the video from a PC?

Also, for the record, there is DEFINITELY interest in Move support! ;)


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+ KISYUYEKI on January 14th, 2011 at 5:11 am said:

Looks nice game to PSP don’t know if it will work in PS3. Seems to be a mix LoccoRoco and Litle Big Planet


+ scorpio808 on January 14th, 2011 at 6:52 am said:

Wow, this looks really beautiful. It seems like Linger in Shadows mixed with Flower and Loco Roco. I hope there will be a demo for this as I would love for my family to try. Good going Atari!!


+ marlyt on January 14th, 2011 at 7:50 am said:

Wow!! An Atari game that doesn’t look like utter crap. Me wants and me likes.


+ altrodesi on January 14th, 2011 at 12:21 pm said:

I will check this out!!


+ kity_catt25 on January 17th, 2011 at 12:14 pm said:

I know this has nothing to do with this blog but I can’t find anything about it on here, my friends ps3 is working but the disc won’t come out. What does he have to do for it to cone out please answer me.


+ Panos_GRE on January 13th, 2011 at 9:43 am said:

Looks good!


+ NJShadow on January 13th, 2011 at 9:56 am said:

After seeing that “cavernous” footage, I think you guys really need to head up an Ecco The Dolphin remake. =)


+ Ultranza on January 13th, 2011 at 9:59 am said:

looks beautiful, is there going to be a demo?

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    + Antonio Santamaria on January 13th, 2011 at 10:05 am said:

    Yes, there should be a demo available.


+ remanutd5 on January 13th, 2011 at 10:00 am said:

at first i thought i was looking at a Little Big Planet 2 level but then i didnt see sackboy on it , looks good


+ stew_padaso on January 13th, 2011 at 10:00 am said:

Nice looking experience. Hardly can call creations that look like this “games” anymore. You have my attention :)


+ favian on January 13th, 2011 at 10:01 am said:

Can’t wait. There is a terrible deficit of co op games right now, hate deathmatches.


+ The_Leducs on January 13th, 2011 at 10:01 am said:

Looks out of this world. Very creative and fresh. Will look to check this out when it releases. Any word on price?

Side Note: They should make all posts include a price and if there is going to be a demo. Someone always asks, this time it’s me.


+ pacnyc on January 13th, 2011 at 10:01 am said:

Games like this are precisely why I’ve drifted more and more towards indie/small dev games. Nice to see creative vision encouraged. When I play games like Flower, or Minecraft I get a stronger sense of the ideas that led to these games, which creates a connection to developers, as opposed to some blockbuster titles that feel way too ground out sometimes.


+ Axecution on January 13th, 2011 at 10:01 am said:

Whaaaat!? This looks amazing! Im not really sure what’s happening, but it still looks super fun. Visuals and art style are awesome as well. Kinda reminds me of Folklore or Flower in a way.

I’ll definitely grab this when it comes out. >.>


+ DZORMAGEN on January 13th, 2011 at 10:01 am said:

Was I the only one that thought of Flower when watching the video?


+ whitwhit on January 13th, 2011 at 9:45 am said:

that first sentence solidified me buying this game.


+ G-Force08 on January 13th, 2011 at 9:45 am said:

Wow! Those visuals look pretty awesome. Looking forward to getting more information on this game. Keep the good stuff coming guys.


+ Zezzler on January 13th, 2011 at 9:45 am said:

Wow, those visuals are really nice. Glad to see that there are still many devs out there that are taking risks and putting out interesting new games that are not just the same generic thing. Looks cool!

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    + Antonio Santamaria on January 13th, 2011 at 9:50 am said:

    Thanks! We hope you will enjoy playing the game!

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