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Open-world Winter Sports Game SNOW Coming to PS4

Alexander Bergendahl's Avatar + Posted by Alexander Bergendahl on Aug 13, 2014 // CEO & Game Director, Poppermost Productions

My name is Alexander Bergendahl and I am the CEO and Game Director of Poppermost Productions, an indie studio from Stockholm, Sweden. Poppermost was formed in 2012 and we have quickly grown from a team of three into a team of 10, thanks largely to the success of our first title, SNOW, on PC. Today, we couldn’t be more excited to announce that SNOW will be released as a console exclusive on PS4.

With diverse employee experience in modding, AAA and indie development, Poppermost was formed to create something different. With SNOW, our goal is to build the world’s first free-to-play, open world, winter sports experience — a game that never restricts the player, but instead empowers them to play however they want.

Most of the Poppermost team grew up skiing and snowboarding during winter holidays, so we wanted to create a game that really captured the rush of speeding down the mountain, the tranquility of being in nature, and the creativity of executing tricks in the park and backcountry.

Open-world Winter Sports Game SNOW

In SNOW, players may choose to relax and roam around the mountain freely, enjoying varied terrain and beautiful vistas. Or players may decide to compete in events, flaunt their skills, and challenge friends through online matchmaking or global leaderboards. Our goal is and always will be to create amazing and diverse content and never dictate one set path.

Our first open-world mountain, Sialia, is tremendous — it’s 8 square kilometers and contains over 20 unique areas that have been carefully handcrafted for gameplay. Players can spend countless hours exploring steep cliffs, dense forests and many man-made areas like villages, a quarry and a hydroelectric dam. Regardless of what players choose to do in-game, they are constantly rewarded with XP and continually progress through the ranks towards unlocking more content, keeping gameplay fresh and exciting.

Open-world Winter Sports Game SNOW

The game is fully physicalized, meaning that everything is as dynamic as possible, allowing players to really interact with the environment we’ve built. While exploring, players can mold their world by adding jumps, rails and other features, completely changing the feel of the mountain to reflect their unique style.

Inspired by the incredible video content that today’s best athletes create, we have developed an in-game replay and photo-mode system that players can use to create personalized videos and shots of their best runs and biggest airs. We look forward to combining these features with the PS4’s sharing capabilities to see what amazing content our SNOW community comes up with.

The player’s custom experience truly extends into all areas of SNOW. Before a player even gets to the mountain, they can customize their character from head to toe, choosing from a catalogue of hundreds of real world items in our store – helmets, goggles, gloves, skis, boots, the works. We have partnered with over a dozen of the sport’s biggest brands and trendsetters to bring authentic clothing, equipment and events into the game, giving players ultimate style and individuality.

Open-world Winter Sports Game SNOW

Launching on PS4 is the perfect step for SNOW as a fast-growing indie title. Right now we’re just showing off skiing, but plan to feature snowboarding and other winter action sports as well. As we work to constantly expand the world of SNOW and make the open-world experience even better, PS4 will be there for us with the unmatched tools and technologies they offer small developers.

We really look forward to our PS4 launch, bringing the unique experience of SNOW to the latest generation of consoles.

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26 Comments

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+ four24twenty on August 13th, 2014 at 9:06 am said:

Where’s the snowboards?


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+ Jmison on August 13th, 2014 at 9:06 am said:

Looks awesome can’t wait!!!


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+ zombie9 on August 13th, 2014 at 9:07 am said:

Had a thought a water RAFT going down hill like in Indiana Jones oh well….


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+ HeavyToka on August 13th, 2014 at 9:28 am said:

If this game has snowboarding at release count me in!


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+ somepiranhas on August 13th, 2014 at 9:28 am said:

Will there be sound? We’ve been waiting nearly a year for this ‘feature’ on the Steam version… it would be nice to have a complete set of basic features locked down before announcing a new version.


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+ DanTheManIAm on August 13th, 2014 at 9:47 am said:

it looks sweet


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+ ossiecastro5 on August 13th, 2014 at 9:53 am said:

This game looks incredible. I’m sure that many will appreciate this being Free-2-Play. Keep up with the good work!


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+ akiratech on August 13th, 2014 at 9:58 am said:

ok I’m down i rather have had it to play on the ps4 than my rig but Im a founder i want all of my stuff on the console version as well


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+ hdcase on August 13th, 2014 at 10:00 am said:

Looks fantastic! Project Morpheus support please!


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+ SeanStrange on August 13th, 2014 at 10:09 am said:

Look really awesome. Love snow related sports so this is going to be amazing!


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+ Trendy_Kid on August 13th, 2014 at 10:50 am said:

Sweet, they are going to include snowboarding!….that’s honestly the only portion I’ll play. xD


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+ Nynja on August 13th, 2014 at 11:06 am said:

Split-boards.

Thank you.


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+ Nynja on August 13th, 2014 at 11:11 am said:

Each analog stick should control a foot of a snowboarder while riding. Push up to lean on toe-side, push down to lean on heal-side. Independent foot control. Very important for initiating a carving.

Six-axis should be used for spins. Triggers (shoulder buttongs) for grabs.

Controls like this would have me sold.


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+ tusunami on August 13th, 2014 at 12:03 pm said:

Well I need more gameplay footage I’m not that easily impressed but this looks interesting.


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+ Welmosca on August 13th, 2014 at 12:40 pm said:

Looks interesting indeed.Looking forward to gameplay videos.


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+ Skater_Ricky on August 13th, 2014 at 2:07 pm said:

Release Window?? 2014 or 2015?


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+ Skater_Ricky on August 13th, 2014 at 2:15 pm said:

Where’s Snowboarders at?

“Snowboarding is Cool!, Skiers Always Get in the Way!”


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+ Rockerkat on August 13th, 2014 at 2:20 pm said:

You can get answers to almost all of your questions here:
http://www.snowthegame.com/faq/


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+ ps_psychedelic on August 13th, 2014 at 5:55 pm said:

Looks pretty cool. A gameplay video would be great.


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+ Boxster17 on August 13th, 2014 at 6:04 pm said:

Piqued my interest when I saw it during the Gamescom stream so was glad to see this blog post as a follow up. Big skier myself so I’m looking forward to seeing more about the game.


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+ honkayjeezus on August 13th, 2014 at 7:40 pm said:

Like most Vita owners… what happened at some point where you have this game on stage and no Vita game? A bad tech demo while there are tons of games on the horizon and you can only talk about Cross Buy or Cross Play.


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+ OddyOh on August 14th, 2014 at 2:18 am said:

Hoping this can fill the void left in my heart by EA’s garbage reboot of SSX a couple years ago…man that game was awful. Had exactly zero of the fun of the originals.
Good luck on PS4!


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+ DarthTedd on August 14th, 2014 at 7:05 pm said:

Looks interesting! I’ve missed “snow” games since the days of SSX.


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+ StOp_Le_HaCk_bRo on August 15th, 2014 at 1:53 am said:

will it come to ps3 at a later date?


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+ RandomSxratch on August 15th, 2014 at 4:37 am said:

Would be cool for a game like this to support the VR headset (like Oculus or the upcoming Sony one).


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+ Flyingstrudel99 on August 20th, 2014 at 8:36 am said:

This game needs to be made by EA sports with a Skate 3 button layout for carving, popping off jumps, grabs, tweaks, snapping out of your skis, etc. Skiing videogames have so much potential to be the next big thing in gaming. We just need the right people to design it because SNOW is basically Shredsauce with better graphics, and it is already possible to play Shredsauce with a PS controller and your computer hooked up to your tv with an HDMI cable.


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