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Sound Shapes Preorder, Level Editor and Trophy Mode Detailed

Mathew Kumar's Avatar + Posted by Mathew Kumar on Aug 01, 2012 // Sound Shapes Team

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Fellows! We’ve are absolutely gagging here to get Sound Shapes into your hands. Gagging! We wish it could be in your hands right now! But unfortunately that can’t be, as this week saw the release of The Expendables 2 as part of the PSN Play promotion, not us. However! If you’re popping into PlayStation Store to pick it up at any point this week you can also pre-order Sound Shapes and get an exclusive PS3 theme. That’s not to forget PSN Play’s money-saving promotion: the more games you pick up, the more money you save. So if you’ve already picked up The Expendables 2, you’ll get a cool three bucks back if you pick up Sound Shapes.

But enough of that waffle. Because we’re excited to get Sound Shapes into your hands, we wanted to kick start your imaginations by having one of our founders, Jonathan Mak, walk you through level creation using our level tools. And if you’re the kind of player who is more excited to *play* than create (and that’s fine, too) we’re revealing our Trophy mode. And yes, there is a Platinum.

So, until this point we’ve been showing you lots of different parts of our campaign mode. Just to recap: we’re providing five different albums with several tracks each, with each album including art and music from a different pair of artists, such as deadmau5 and Pixeljam or Pyramid Attack and Beck. Beating these levels will unlock their components, and then you’ll be able to mix and match them in your own levels!

In the following video, for example, Jon quickly puts together a level that (among other things) includes deadmau5 loops paired with Jim Guthrie/Superbrothers hazards, and he throws in some vocals that you might remember from our recent reveal of the Beck album Cities. He even shows off the player’s ability to record timings and change beats per minute… and it all sounds (and plays!) pretty good:

We’ve tried to make creating a song and level as fun as possible, but also effortless to upload and share. We’ve said this before, but seeing what players do with our tools is one of the things we’re *most* looking forward to. We’re certain that, after a couple of days, you’re going to blow away what Jon did here.

Something that we think (hope?) is going to take you more than a matter of days, however, is claiming our Platinum Trophy. If you’re a Trophy hunter, you’re probably well aware of the pain and glory of trying to conquer the intense Trophy levels in our pal Shawn McGrath’s new PSN exclusive Dyad. Here at Queasy Games, we didn’t want players to be distracted by playing albums in a certain way for Trophies, or trying to “game” our community. Instead we created two things: Death Mode and Beat School.

Death Mode is an unusual twist in our campaign mode. Once you’ve beaten our albums, you can flip each album over to a b-side and experience intense, single-screen timed challenges to collect notes without dying based on signature moments from each of the album’s tracks. Each win unlocks a Trophy, and it’s our hope that these will test the skills players have learned in our levels, making each Trophy win hard fought but deeply rewarding. Beat School is a different sort of challenge: here we challenge all players, even (if not especially) those who consider themselves “non musical,” to create beats on a single screen by listening and matching to a beat we have created. With luck, these levels will challenge and inspire you to go into the editor and make your own beats—if Jon’s video above hasn’t already convinced you.

Don’t forget: Sound Shapes hits PS3 and PS Vita as a cross-play title August 7th, but you can pre-order it now, receiving a lovely Cory Schmitz-designed PS3 theme and the ability to play the game on PS3 or PS Vita no matter which system you buy it on. You get both versions for one price! It’s $14.99 (20% off for a limited time for PS Plus members). And oh yeah, the Trophies are shared between both versions, too. Did we mention there’s a Platinum?

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+ camiwaits_us on August 1st, 2012 at 8:09 am said:

I already bought it, can’t wait for next week.


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+ Squiggle55 on August 1st, 2012 at 8:12 am said:

Thanks for the platinum! This is the first wave of the games that will finally save my Vita.


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+ AnAppealToHeaven on August 1st, 2012 at 8:15 am said:

now i can get a platinum on my ps3 and vita? sold


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+ Zezzler on August 1st, 2012 at 8:15 am said:

Already pre-ordered! Cannot wait to dive into everything next week!
Glad to see a more in-depth video of the level editor, and a platinum is nice too.
Great Job to everyone at Queasy Games and everyone else part of the amazing collaboration!


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+ Xer0Signal on August 1st, 2012 at 8:24 am said:

I was already really interested in this, but, that video sold me. Pre-ordering the crap out of this when I get home.


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+ Bcrazyman on August 1st, 2012 at 8:30 am said:

cant wait for all these great games i all ready own two of them great games for playstation cant wait to get my money back next month! yah!!!!!


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+ Bcrazyman on August 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am said:

i cant wait to get my vita these games are awsome! i have a great game collection of games already these game looks great cant wait for it next week! keep it up playstation your doing great! its great being a ps+ member its worth every penny! awsome job great game coming this month for us ps+ members cant wait for this months games! thanks playstation! I LOVE BEING A PLAYSTATION MEMBER! ITS GREAT PS+IS AWSOME!


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+ TomHoang on August 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am said:

Thank you so much! I was already going to buy this game, but the platinum is icing on the cake. Glad to read that developers understand how much trophies mean to gamers :)


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+ Myke-Myke on August 1st, 2012 at 8:39 am said:

Can’t wait to download Sound Shapes. Very excited!

How big will the download be for the game?

Thanks!


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+ Yohmaru_EX on August 1st, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

Hey Sony, what is the chance for us to get Dead Space 2 just like the european psplus guys?????????? In the past 2 months the european psplus received great updates. Please Sony, show us some respect and give us at least 1 GOOD full game on next week, i said GOOD like Dead Space 2, Motor Storm Apocalypse, Darksiders, Magic 2013, Batman, etc…


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+ samthetiger4376 on August 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am said:

Can’t wait for this game another week ut i have to. So it will be like LBP in the aspect where players put levels online and anyone can play them? I’m surprised how easy it will be to create my own musical levels. August 7th feels so far away!!!!


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+ Milagres_ on August 1st, 2012 at 8:48 am said:

I’m looking foward to this game, the level editor seens amazing!
Also, congrats on your decision of letting us buy the game just one time and still being able to cross-play. Its always to see developers respecting gamers.

couple of questions now:
1 – Do you have any plans to relase future DLC featuring new songs/beats? There are some artists that would be a blast working with Sound Shapes (Trent Reznor, for instance)
2 – What about user-made songs? I’ve made some beats using that awesome app. Incredibox and man, it would be awesome to see it on Sound Shapes.


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+ DZORMAGEN on August 1st, 2012 at 8:53 am said:

FINALLY a game for the Vita!!


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+ kdnpdbyninjas on August 1st, 2012 at 8:58 am said:

I was wondering whatever happened to Jonathan Mak since Everyday Shooter. So many great pixel artists & musicians on board…I’m totally counting down the days/hours/minutes until this finally releases. That’s how excited I am!


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+ Curtisio on August 1st, 2012 at 8:58 am said:

This makes the Vita look great! I’m glad I got one… just need more creative games like this! I loved how the menus and back touch pad work so well!

Here’s hoping LBP Vita will be just as cool (or better)!


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+ RenderMonk on August 1st, 2012 at 9:00 am said:

The game looks great! I love how the guy really gets into it. You can see at the end when he looks up, the look in his eyes…like he’s just come out of a trance. I love immersive games like that. Also, the way he handled the PS Vita while creating/playing that level. Was really an impressive testament to both the Vita’s capabilities and the developers creative use of all the Vita functions. Seems like level creation will be way more intuitive on the Vita than on the PS3. Congrats on a great game guys, can’t wait to play it!


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+ Tremulan777 on August 1st, 2012 at 9:06 am said:

Great I can’t wait to unlock the platinum and creat some levels.


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+ Bcrazyman on August 1st, 2012 at 9:11 am said:

THESE GAMES JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER@BETTER PLAYSTATION RULES! XBOX360 SUCKS THEY GOT NOTHING ON US! WE ARE #1 WHILE THERE #100025? AW WHO CARES WE RULE !


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+ Bcrazyman on August 1st, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

HEY MORGON DO YOU THINK YOUR GONNA TRY THIS GAME WHEN IT COMES OUT NEXT WEEK? JUST ASKING THANKS! LOOKS GREAT THANKS!


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+ Bcrazyman on August 1st, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

IM GETTING MY VITA CANT WAIT FOR ALL THE GAMES COMING OUT IN THE NEXT COMING MONTHS!


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+ Thwip on August 1st, 2012 at 9:21 am said:

Not sure about this one. Looks like a cool game, but not usually my type of cool game. I think I am going to hold off on this one (even with my PS+ discount), and await a few reviews, or even a demo to try it out. If the reviews and/or demo are positive, I will be the first to admit I was wrong, and buy the game at full price.


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+ Ryler on August 1st, 2012 at 9:33 am said:

Pre-ordered!


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+ infamousXX87XX on August 1st, 2012 at 9:34 am said:

Yeah Sound Shapes is a definite buy. I’ve been waiting for this


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+ Old_PopTarts on August 1st, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

This game looks AMAZING. I really can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’m usually horrible at level editors (can never seem to find little platforms that you can jump on) but this looks like it is really intuitive and will be easy with time. Will it come in both physical and digital forms? Next Tuesday cannot come any faster :/


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+ dUb_420i on August 1st, 2012 at 9:59 am said:

i am as eager as the next chap to get my hands on this fine looking game. But will sokeone please tell someone to stop using video formats that arent viewable on the vita? I mean, after all this game will be on the vita, and im using one right now, but i cant see the video….. oh well. looking forward to this release regardless!


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+ acwey on August 1st, 2012 at 10:12 am said:

Pre-ordered. Let me see if I get this straight, the pre-order entitles me to both the ps3 and Vita versions?

Sorry for the redundancy I just can´t believe it. Pls answer!


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    + Kristina Cheng on August 1st, 2012 at 6:54 pm said:

    You got it! When you pre-order Sound Shapes (and also when you buy it once it launches next week), you get the PS3 AND the Vita version. Boom! :)


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+ gettinmoney662 on August 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am said:

Damn, a platinum and both versions for one price? I was gonna wait til it got cheaper but now I’m goin to pre-order.


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+ Tomm4118 on August 1st, 2012 at 11:21 am said:

I’ll NEVER get tired of saying this, but I can not wait for this game to come out. Everytime I see it, it never fails to impress. Have I mentioned how glad I am that the game is coming to the PSN. Day one buy for me, no question about it.


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+ MushThePainter on August 1st, 2012 at 11:54 am said:

Hi, I pre ordered this yesterday, quick question-does this feature cross play? Can I start making a beat on my ps3 and continue making it on my vita? If so how does this work?


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+ tusunami on August 1st, 2012 at 11:58 am said:

This guy is truly awesome i definately want to play this & there’s a platinum this is awesome backwards compatibility yeeeaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ AizawaYuuichi on August 1st, 2012 at 12:20 pm said:

Already pre-ordered this yesterday while I was grabbing The Expendables 2. Truly cannot wait for this. It looks so fun and fresh. And after watching that last vid showing the level creation, I’m mildly interested in creating as well. Normally I don’t care about creating content (inFamous 2, LBP, etc…) but with music being main focus here, it intrigues me just a bit more than other games that have given me creation tools. Looking forward to August 7th! :)


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+ synysterbast on August 1st, 2012 at 1:19 pm said:

This game is one of the top reasons I ever even bought a Vita, and to be so close to the release date is beyond thrilling.

But can you only pre-order from the PS3 or what? Cos if there is a pre-order option on the Vita’s PSN, I’m not seeing it.


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+ D4rkH4X0ReR on August 1st, 2012 at 1:39 pm said:

Thank you guys at Queasy Games for working on this, Sound Shapes has been my most anticipated game for the Vita and can’t believe it’s only a few days away! Looking forward to it =)


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+ ReptileHand on August 1st, 2012 at 2:31 pm said:

Dang! I just had $9 sitting on my PS3 for awhile, then I bought a costume for FFXIII-2 then I see this show up. I had no idea about the time when it’s availible or pre-orders and such, it was confusing. That looks like a nice theme and with superbrothers working on it? I’m in! and a vita game too? man.

Oh wait it’s $15? Ah I forgot, yes it’s still good. I though it was $8 sorry. I’ll just wait for an inevitable PSN sale in 2013 where they discount all the games they promote / hype up during the fall.

I will be getting this! More games should have that PS3/PS vita bundle to start off with. It influences me and entitles me to purchasing a Vita.

I got Discounted Escape Plan DLC and a Free Motorstorm game with discounted DLC and I don’t have a Vita yet. I’m excited to get one around this Black Friday or even later.


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    + Kristina Cheng on August 1st, 2012 at 7:06 pm said:

    Your enthusiasm is awesome! Looking forward to hearing what you think once you get a Vita to try out all the content you’ve picked up. :)


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+ AceOfSpades725 on August 1st, 2012 at 2:41 pm said:

Preordered yesterday and that is my current theme! Can’t wait to play!


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+ D-Squad3 on August 1st, 2012 at 2:47 pm said:

All I have to say is, that’s freaking sick!


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+ kerrykerrykerry on August 1st, 2012 at 3:53 pm said:

Good demo video! Sold!


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+ BEASTXJASON on August 1st, 2012 at 3:55 pm said:

My vita is dusty and useless atm. Where is remote play for this thing. Monster hunter? hello? would be nice. Hate to buy a japanese 3ds to play it


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+ DarthDanMan on August 1st, 2012 at 5:09 pm said:

@35
It’s $11.99 since you’re a PS+ member if you pre-order it. Maybe if you don’t pre-order it too…


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+ luvtoseek on August 1st, 2012 at 5:30 pm said:

Pre-order locked n’ loaded!


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+ acwey on August 1st, 2012 at 8:01 pm said:

@ Kristina Cheng

Boom indeed! kkk. Awesome deal.

Thanks for the answer.


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+ UNREALGOD on August 2nd, 2012 at 12:21 am said:

i pre ordered this one already too bad expendables play and look like crap,ohh well im gonna get 10 bucks back so ill consider it a refund for that crappy movie game.


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+ QuantumMercury on August 2nd, 2012 at 1:53 am said:

Well this sold me on the game. Being a dedicated trophy and platinum hunter I thank you for doing trophies this way. It is very annoying when you play games and you have to ensure you are playing it a certain way in order to get trophies. I’ve platinumed Dyad and I think the system of a “trophy mode” is a great way to extend a game’s life and offer something unique without hampering actual gameplay. Any chance there will be a posting of the trophy list?


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+ Firepowerr on August 2nd, 2012 at 4:11 am said:

I am lucky it’s my birthday, so I can get a $20 PSN card.

Sound Shapes, where have you been all my life?

How easy will it be to share our created levels between our PS3 and Vita. Will we get to choose from the same group of levels on both systems per say?


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+ TomatoDragon on August 2nd, 2012 at 8:29 am said:

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen this gen.


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+ xtremomckay on August 2nd, 2012 at 10:03 am said:

Thinking about a pre order, probably will. looks awesome for the genre.


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+ ID_Arti on August 2nd, 2012 at 10:03 am said:

So, ppl who only have a vita cant pre-order, nor can they subscribe to PS-Plus? is it only available via PS3?


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+ jyun-san on August 2nd, 2012 at 10:22 am said:

Why can’t the game be pre-ordered via the Vita’s PSN store? :/


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+ Sunnycide on August 2nd, 2012 at 8:27 pm said:

I Know its a bit early to be asking this but is there going to be DLC for Sound Shapes?


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