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Sound Shapes Out Today, Watch the Launch Trailer

Mathew Kumar's Avatar + Posted by Mathew Kumar on Aug 07, 2012 // Sound Shapes Team

Sound Shapes

Sound Shapes is out on PSN today! It’s the culmination of a long journey for our boss-men Jonathan Mak and Shaw-Han Liem, who worked on the concept for… more years than they probably want me to say before the reveal at E3 2011, and having worked on the game for a year myself now I think I can speak for the whole team when I say we just want you to play it. Like… we don’t want you to finish reading this blog post, or even probably watch the launch trailer we made. We made Sound Shapes for you to play! So when today’s update goes live, get yourself over to the PlayStation Store on your PS3 or PS Vita and pick it up!

The title is $14.99 ($11.99 for PlayStation Plus members this week only) and part of the PSN Play promotion, so if you buy one or more other of the games in the promotion you’ll get an increasing amount of money back. Most importantly, however — Sound Shapes is a cross-play title. Whether you buy it on PS3 or PS Vita, you receive both versions for one price. We cannot stress this enough. We’ve definitely tried to stress this enough. Both versions are yours when you buy it, and all trophies and community levels are shared between them, whether you own a PS3 or a PS Vita, or both.

If you’re looking for more of a general overview of what Sound Shapes is, why not watch our brand-spanking new launch trailer?

If you’re still here, I guess I should recap the information you really need to know, to be sure you’re making the right purchase when you finally dawdle over to the PlayStation Store. So: Sound Shapes is a 2D musical platformer in which every level is a song. You pick up the notes placed in the level to construct the music, but at the same time the creatures (friend or foe) and interactive objects are instruments too. We’ve worked with different graphic and musical artists on each album of level-songs, with the likes of Shaw-Han in his I am Robot and Proud guise, Deadmau5, Jim Guthrie and Beck working with graphic artists like Vic Ngyuen of Capy, Pyramid Attack, PixelJam and Superbrothers. If the game stopped there that would probably have been more than enough work for us but we also decided that players should be able to use these notes, creatures and so on to make their own songs and levels. Therefore we’ve included a full level editor and online community which will allow you to share your creations across the entire world, reaching players on both PS3 and PS Vita no matter which version you’re using.

Oh, and on top of that we’ve also included Trophies (yes, there’s a Platinum). They’re unlocked by conquering Death Mode, which consists of intense platforming challenges based on our main campaign, and Beat School, which hopes to inspire players in the fine art of beat-making by challenging them to recreate a piece of music in our level editor.

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So, we hope that’s rather a worthy offering for your $14.99, if you’re still dilly-dallying. One of the nicest things for us is that although we’re super excited to have you play Sound Shapes, we’re even more excited to play the levels you create in the community. To be honest, this could be a total win-win. We get to make the game we wanted to make, share it with PlayStation’s community of gamers, and then have them make levels that we get to play? Amazing! (And don’t worry, we do plan to support the community beyond launch with DLC. Not that we’re going to say any more than that for now!)

If you do find you want to know even more about Sound Shapes, check out our website here! But we wish you’d just pick up the game and get to making levels. Come on, it’s your turn, we’ve been making them for ages!

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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:05 am said:

im going to buy it the second its out :D


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+ x_Lava_x on August 7th, 2012 at 9:07 am said:

I’ve already pre-ordered this I can’t wait for the PSN Store to update so I can download it already on my Vita and PS3!


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:07 am said:

i hope it updates soon Im on the edge of my seat of excitement.


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+ versus7 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

i preorded this game i cant wait for it to release ! i been waiting forever !! :D i hope its out soon :/


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+ FullMetalGear on August 7th, 2012 at 9:11 am said:

Pre-ordered this a few days ago. I’m looking forward to playing it more on my Vita since I’m usually at boring places when I travel. I’ve been tired of listening to my type of music since I’ve been overplaying it too much and been looking to find something new to listen to. Really looking forward to this for something different to listen to as far as music goes, but also looking for something original to play as a game. Seems like a great mix, can’t wait!


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+ Link01 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:11 am said:

You guys should have added 3D to the 2D game on the PS3 :P… but sooo sold.


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+ xCh0z3n-0n3x on August 7th, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

Already pre-ordered…just waiting for the update now…CANT WAIT! and i have work tonight so i know what i will be playing at work :D! (i have a boring job)


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+ vanwinkle on August 7th, 2012 at 9:15 am said:

That launch trailer filled me with happiness.


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+ Sammyv17 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:15 am said:

Pre-ordered last week! Now hope it’s an early update.


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+ tusunami on August 7th, 2012 at 9:15 am said:

I like the whole buy 1 get 1 free idea already bought it yeeeaaah!!!!!!!!!!


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+ GOD_FATHER_77 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

already preorder just waiting and dying just to play


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+ JazzSaxPlayer on August 7th, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

Come on store. Update sooooon. Already preordered. Can’t wait to download this the second it hits!


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+ T3DV0L70L1N4 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

Awesome trailer — it just about sold me. I’d really like to play a demo first, and read some reviews.


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:22 am said:

T3D never follow reviews. try the demo if there is one for your own opinion.


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+ Neil on August 7th, 2012 at 9:26 am said:

Been waiting for this game.


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+ Wayndawind on August 7th, 2012 at 9:26 am said:

Im sorry this isnt a game you guys should have promoted or boost as much. the team did it so much like it was a triple A game. I played the beta and this game belongs on S phones and tables and not for 11/15 bucks its a 2 dollar game. Seriously! PSN team you guys need to pick the games to hype up more better.


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+ Joeltron3030 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:27 am said:

@macy113 preorder it if you still can! The theme is really nice :)
@T3D I agree with macy dont follow reviews. I bought Dyad which got raving reviews and it really doesnt do anything for me, then I bought Foosball which got mediocre reviews and Im having a blast with it!

Anyways update already store! I should be finishing Sly 3 (finally) but I just wanna play SoundShapes! Been waiting for this for months!


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+ blu_unclegh on August 7th, 2012 at 9:29 am said:

This is the reason i have a vita. Preordered it the second it was up on the store. Going for my first vita platinum


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:30 am said:

blu. try Gravity Rush. that plat is really easy. also Resistance BS or Uncharted.


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+ KemetMan72-_ on August 7th, 2012 at 9:30 am said:

This game got terrible reviews…waste of money


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:31 am said:

and Joeltron I just did :D


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+ Monterossa on August 7th, 2012 at 9:36 am said:

another waste.

why don’t just release games that people really want to buy?


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:39 am said:

monterossa. how about you read the other 20 comments. we all want it so gtfo.


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:39 am said:

and Kemet the game got no reviews yet.


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+ Undrey on August 7th, 2012 at 9:44 am said:

I would get it for both PS3 and Vita, but I can’t find a PSN card for this country, which I accidentally chose. However I got a PSN card for another account. Any possibility that can be transferred over to the Vita?


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:45 am said:

OH Nevermind the game got Reviews

PS Universe: 9.5
God is a Geek: 9.0
Thesixthaxis: 9.0
STN:5 out of 6.
Videogamer.com: 7 or 4.5 stars

Mind saying it has Terrible Reviews now?


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:45 am said:

Undrey when you buy the game on PS3 you get it on Vita Also


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+ Joeltron3030 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:48 am said:

Really guys if its not your kind of game go away. There are no reviews yet, and the game looks awesome to those of us interested in this type of game. People worked hard on this game and gave years of their lives to create something they believed in. Who are you to come in and call this a waste before youve even tried it? I for one am glad Sony releases these kind of games on PSN. Keep up the good work guys, and ignore the haters. They clearly having nothing better to do than waste time commenting on games they arent even gonna play…


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:49 am said:

Joel read what i said earlier theres 5 reviews and there all very positive.


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+ vanwinkle on August 7th, 2012 at 9:51 am said:

I’m so glad Sony doesn’t listen too much to people like Wandawind, Kemetman, and Monterossa. If they did, we wouldn’t have amazing quirky games like this to play. Thanks for putting awesome games like Sound Shapes on PSN.


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:51 am said:

also that post made me happy joel. because its so true. these people poured there heart into this game. it took 2 years and with the amazing music artist’s you cant go wrong.


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+ chamuco71192 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:52 am said:

Really excited. Please update the PS Store soon!


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+ ythyth on August 7th, 2012 at 9:53 am said:

well,I’m only getting this because I’m waiting for LBP…i hope the level editor in this if flexible…


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+ Betorro on August 7th, 2012 at 9:54 am said:

Already pre-ordered :) DLC Plans?


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+ Beast780 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:55 am said:

Ive been waiting for this game for 7 months now… Update the store already!


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+ Plebeianprint on August 7th, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

Pre-ordered. I’m ecstatic to play. The game looks perfectly suited to Vita play. Gaming needs more titles like this one.


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+ Joeltron3030 on August 7th, 2012 at 10:00 am said:

Im so tired of reading negative comments on the PlayStation blog! Every week Im playing catch up on the great games that are out, and there are people complaining about “Nothing again this week”. I just dont get it!

To the SoundShapes team. you might know some of us are PixelJunkies…you gotta do a collab with Baiyon!! DLC, make it happen!!


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 10:00 am said:

I want DLC that adds new songs and items :D


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+ remanutd5 on August 7th, 2012 at 10:01 am said:

It should be out already, first party games should get midnight release treatment on psn.


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+ ScreamingOwls4yo on August 7th, 2012 at 10:02 am said:

anyone know what time its coming out ive been waiting forever and i already have the money for it on ma account so excited


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+ Rainwater on August 7th, 2012 at 10:02 am said:

Great launch trailer! Had to watch that one twice!


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 10:02 am said:

I second that vote


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+ Joeltron3030 on August 7th, 2012 at 10:03 am said:

@ScreamingOwls4yo: Preorder it and get the sweet theme before the store updates!


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+ remanutd5 on August 7th, 2012 at 10:05 am said:

update the store already or just put Sound Shapes on the store.


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+ bany_rock on August 7th, 2012 at 10:08 am said:

i wast thinking of waiting for reviews before buying, even if i can´t get the free theme for pre-order, but this trailer alone made me want to throw money at the screen


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+ DarthDanMan on August 7th, 2012 at 10:10 am said:

The wait is killing me!


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 10:10 am said:

bany there was already 5 reviews 9.5,9.0,7.0, 5 out of 6 stars. and IGN’s Moriarity got 20 trophys in it so I think that he likes it.


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+ DarthDanMan on August 7th, 2012 at 10:12 am said:

@37
I know. Even my Vita backlog is big. And it just came out this year. :l


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+ macy113 on August 7th, 2012 at 10:13 am said:

Guys ______ out today on PSN post’s usually start coming an hour before the ps store updates so it might update soon


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+ bany_rock on August 7th, 2012 at 10:15 am said:

@macy113 , i checked metacritic a couple hours ago and nothing, i thought the reviews would be online after the game realease, like other titles, but i just checked again and i see them, that´s great!!


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