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Liquid Puzzle Game Vessel Coming to PS3 on March 11th

John Krajewski's Avatar + Posted by John Krajewski on Feb 26, 2014 // Studio Head, Strange Loop Games

Vessel will be coming to console exclusively for PS3 on March 11th!

To celebrate this launch, we’ve created a limited edition of Vessel Turbines, a desk toy that gives you your very own “Fluro” in a bottle. Each bottle contains a large blob of Ferrofluid, a magnetic liquid that comes to life when you apply a magnet — just like the creatures of Vessel. You can buy it on our website and get a key for Vessel on PS3.

In the game Vessel, you take the role of inventor Arkwright who has created living machines made out of liquid (called “Fluros”) that are wreaking havoc around the world. You set out to solve the Fluro problem and unravel the mystery of what they’re becoming.

Vessel takes a unique approach in gaming by creating all the creatures out of liquid. Their bodies are composed of thousands of physically simulated fluid particles. This means that they’re capable of things that few other creatures in a video game are, like melting, reforming into new shapes, flowing through barriers, regrowing lost limbs, chemically combining multiple fluid types, and much more.

All the puzzles in Vessel are based on interactions with this living liquid. Exploring and understanding how to bring liquid to life will lead to success. You have the ability to create and destroy these creatures, and the story revolves around their inventor as he sees them evolve and become lifeforms of their own.

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We’ve spent a lot of time optimizing the game to run the liquid simulation fluidly (pun intended) on PS3, and we’re really happy with the results. We’ve made full use of the PS3 hardware, using the distributed power of the SPUs and internal hardware to process huge amounts of liquid (both living and non-living) per frame.

We’ve partnered with electronica artist Jon Hopkins (composer of the Monsters soundtrack, and renowned for his work with Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, and Coldplay), and we’ve integrated his tracks deep into the gameplay. As you begin to unlock a puzzle, the pieces of the soundtrack will unfold and layer on top of each other, really giving the feeling of bringing the world back to life. Jon’s brand of electronica fits the dark and mysterious mood of Vessel perfectly, and we’re really excited to present it in this form.

Vessel is built on an optimized liquid simulation featuring flowing water, scalding lava and steam, reactant chemicals, glowing goo, the mysterious “protoplasm,” and more. Each liquid has unique properties and mixes with other liquids for dramatic effects. When the player creates Fluro by placing a seed and giving it liquid of any type, the creature will retain the properties of the liquid they’re made of, giving them the ability to melt, reform, absorb, explode, and more.

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Users solve puzzles by combining the unique behaviors of each creature with the fluid they’re created from. Every aspect of the world is physically simulated, and all puzzles are based in the liquid simulation. Drop a Drinker Fluro and lure him by spraying goo. Create a Dark Fluro and chase him with light. Liquid and physics are not an aesthetic in Vessel, but the foundation of gameplay. To solve puzzles, you have to think fluidly about life — you have the power to bring to life (and destroy) any liquid, how can you use that to achieve your goals?

Vessel features more than 10 hours of content across multiple worlds, many types of liquids with unique properties, and many ways to bring them to life. Our focus as a studio is to use the power of modern hardware like PS3 to create new kinds of gameplay, not just better graphics.

With our liquid simulation as a foundation for all the characters and puzzles in Vessel, we’re able to make a really unique experience not yet explored in video games.

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+ markedman54 on February 26th, 2014 at 6:40 am said:

Might have to check this out. Looks very interesting.


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+ ECisMe on February 26th, 2014 at 6:41 am said:

Excellent. I bought this game when it originally released on PC via the Humble Store widget. The puzzles are absolutely sublime; imagine a concoction of Lemmings, Braid and Super Mario Sunshine. Some of the trickiest puzzles I’ve had the pleasure to play. If you haven’t tried it yet, I would highly recommend picking this up when it becomes available on PS3.


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    + John Krajewski on February 26th, 2014 at 10:38 am said:

    Thanks Ecisme. Great avatar by the way.


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+ stlthriot on February 26th, 2014 at 6:41 am said:

I had been wondering what had happened to this game! :D Glad to see it is getting released!


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+ Stick89 on February 26th, 2014 at 6:48 am said:

The title screen for the YouTube video has some bad positioning for the guy and the background :P

OT: Game looks cool!


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+ Stick89 on February 26th, 2014 at 6:57 am said:

Nvm, that’s actually something on him…wow…bad image still haha


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+ PainOfSarrow on February 26th, 2014 at 8:58 am said:

this looks very unique and 10+ hours ? sounds good. any info on Price ?


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    + John Krajewski on February 26th, 2014 at 10:37 am said:

    Thank you! Yes 10 hours if you’re extra fast, closer to 14 usually. Price is $9.99


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+ TheRealBushkill on February 26th, 2014 at 9:50 am said:

PS3 exclusive?
sounds like it should be a PS4 freebie in that case.


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+ NinjaMicWZ on February 26th, 2014 at 10:01 am said:

I have this on Steam, it’s a great game. I would double dip on a Vita release.


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+ tusunami on February 26th, 2014 at 12:31 pm said:

Alot of incredible games still coming out for PS3, seems to me like there’s going to be alot of support for the systems for years.


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+ dkarlowicz10 on February 26th, 2014 at 6:09 pm said:

It is great news for my PS3, but is there a chance that it might come to PS Vita at some point. This would be a great Vita game.


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    + John Krajewski on February 26th, 2014 at 7:07 pm said:

    No Vita, we wanted to but our liquid physics burns through CPU cycles. PS3 had the power to handle it though.


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+ PrimeroIncognito on February 26th, 2014 at 6:17 pm said:

Intriguing. Nice trailer.

And thank you for saying this: “Our focus as a studio is to use the power of modern hardware like PS3 to create new kinds of gameplay, not just better graphics.”

I’m keeping an eye on this one for sure.


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+ Harerazer on February 27th, 2014 at 5:05 am said:

So glad to see some real puzzle games coming to the PS3/PS4. You have my money.


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+ amirpro2 on February 27th, 2014 at 5:49 am said:

The trailer looks so cool. I like platform puzzle games.


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+ bajor27 on February 27th, 2014 at 6:08 am said:

I think this is the game I’ve been trying to find for the last year or so. I had a vague memory of a liquid puzzle game after seeing an episode of EP Daily or Reiews on the Run, but couldn’t remember what it was called for the life of me

This looks great and is a definite purchase for me!


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+ PrimeroIncognito on February 28th, 2014 at 1:27 am said:

@ bajor27

You might have been thinking of Puddle.

This looks better than Puddle, though.


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+ Weaselboy2 on March 13th, 2014 at 10:50 pm said:

It freezes up once you get in the factory, I’ve reinstalled and that hasn’t helped. I’d wait a month or 2 to see if they patch it because otherwise it’s barely a demo.


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