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The Art of PS Vita’s Gravity Rush

Yoshiaki Yamaguchi's Avatar + Posted by Yoshiaki Yamaguchi on May 02, 2012 // Art Director, Gravity Rush

With Gravity Rush releasing on June 12th, I wanted to share how the artwork of this game came together as well as how the style of “Bande Dessinee” influenced the title’s art direction.

Gravity Rush incorporates the theme of Bande Dessinee (BD), a popular Franco-Belgian comic book art style. There are various types of BD style and they can be perceived in many ways. We first approached an element of BD we thought would fit well into the pre-existing game art. One of the differences between realistic expression and schematic expression represented by BD is that BD exaggerates the information that author wants to convey to the audience. By doing so, it conveys more of the accurate information that the author wants to be recognized.

While considering the gravity mechanic in the game, we brainstormed with these elements in mind. If a player can move around freely, the level should not only be big horizontally, but also vertically. Therefore, we designed the city with multiple levels of layers and structures.

Gravity Rush for PS Vita

Additionally, the line drawing method was used to exaggerate buildings and allow them to be more easily recognized. We also enhanced the color of the sky in order to give additional sensory information to the players.

Gravity Rush for PS Vita

The direction we chose to use for the game’s graphics conveys the necessary information with exaggeration that matches the player’s sensation. Taking that into consideration, we also wanted to use line drawings, the characteristic of BD and the simulation of beautiful air effects. I think the broader the game art expression becomes, the more interactive a game becomes.

Another important factor is the concept of a “living background.” This is the idea of bringing the game world itself to life so that users can actually ‘feel’ it. Basically, players can interact with certain objects in the game and they can actually get into the scenery within the remote background. Environmental background is not a piece of a picture, but it actually exists within the game, and we can use that background with our gameplay. That was our ultimate goal. By combining the unique art style of BD and the idea of living background, we created a sensation that could only be brought to life with a video game.

As a special treat, I am happy to share this concept movie that we created during the early stages of Gravity Rush’s development. Click on the video below for a sneak peek at the game’s unique art style in motion before it launches in North America on June 12th.


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+ Hooligantuan on May 3rd, 2012 at 10:28 am said:

@39

I’m a grown man. If I want a Vita, it will be in my hands.

Gravity Rush looks like it’s much better than the minority audience that the Vita will sport. Gravity Rush is being wasted on the Vita.


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+ Zerozx89 on May 3rd, 2012 at 12:41 pm said:

This game is one of the reasons why I want a Vita:)


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+ Etharius on May 3rd, 2012 at 12:49 pm said:

My flatmate has the Japanese release (he’s bi-lingual) and this is a truly amazing game.

I’d rather the pre-order bonus was the artbook that shipped with the Japanese release. That thing was gorgeous.


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+ cjmc18 on May 3rd, 2012 at 10:29 pm said:

im putting my money on the computer but it doesnt go through!! JUST take my money! TAKE IT!!


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+ VideoGamer35 on May 4th, 2012 at 2:03 am said:

can’t wait for this game!


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+ Sparkz92 on May 5th, 2012 at 1:37 am said:

Incredibly late to the party but whatever.

I must say, Gravity Rush has some of the best art style i’ve ever seen in video game history. Really love the presentation of this game.


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+ WastelandDan on May 5th, 2012 at 9:45 pm said:

Am I the only one getting thier anime girl crush’on with this main character?!

God im such a hentai, SMH.

:D


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+ saab01 on May 8th, 2012 at 6:16 pm said:

I wish this would come to the PS3


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