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Sci-fi Adventure forma.8 Coming to PS4 and PS Vita

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Sci-fi Adventure forma.8 Coming to PS4 and PS Vita
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Hi PlayStation.Blog! Italian indie studio MixedBag here again. Last Tuesday, we announced our crazy shoot ’em up Futuridium EP Deluxe, coming exclusively to PS Vita. Today, we’re here to bring you more PlayStation love.

Our big project – the one we opened MixedBag for – is a game we always wanted to make. We’re immensely proud (drumroll) to announce forma.8, coming to PS4 and PS Vita.

forma.8 is an action adventure game and our own personal take on the classic Metroidvania formula. We started working on forma.8 more than two years ago, beginning with a little gameplay concept centered on an experimental control system for touch devices. It evolved into an adventure of epic proportions.

In the distant future, a small exploration probe, forma.8, is stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. It was parted from its companions by chance, and has a life or death mission to accomplish: it must find and recover a powerful energy source deep under the surface before it’s too late. Ancient civilizations, great perils, and dystopian visions await it, and not everything is as it seems.

forma.8 on PS4 and PS Vita

forma.8 on PS4 and PS Vitaforma.8 on PS4 and PS Vita

Floating gracefully in mid air, with a control system that aims to give players a true sense of flying, forma.8 starts with no powers, no weapons, and no hints of what to do and where to go; it’s up to the player to explore the planet, deal with its often hostile inhabitants, and slowly uncover the story. There’s no verbal communication in the game — everything is conveyed to the player with images, sounds, and the gameplay itself.

Physics is a big part of forma.8, too; everything in the world is physics based, with plants, ropes, liquids, enemies, rocks, and all the moving elements interacting and reacting in a realistic way, offering unexpected twists to the game.

As you can see for forma.8, we opted to use a peculiar visual style. We used hand-drawn vector graphics mixed with 3D elements, and we rendered everything at the highest resolution possible, with a massive amount of antialiasing to get a very clean and crisp look. The results? You don’t see pixels, only smooth lines, and the game looks gorgeous on the PS Vita screen as well as on a big TV rendered in 1080p. And it runs at 60 frames per second, obviously.

forma.8 on PS4 and PS Vita

The soundtrack and all the sound effects of forma.8 are in the skillful hands of Qubit, AKA Omar Ferrero, who is also working on some music tracks for Futuridium EP Deluxe. If you like the audio vibes from the trailer, he’s the one to thank.

So a little recap:

  • an expansive world
  • everything is physics based
  • exploration
  • puzzles
  • secrets to uncover
  • an intriguing and mysterious story
  • lots of enemies
  • lots of BIG enemies
  • some even BIGGER enemies
  • …and all the power-ups you need to take care of them and to avoid all the nasty stuff you’ll face on a remote, alien planet
  • 60 frames per second of superfluid action

forma.8 on PS4 and PS Vitaforma.8 on PS4 and PS Vita

A big thank you from Mauro Fanelli and Andrea Gellato, the two co-founders and members of MixedBag. We’ll share more information about forma.8 and Futuridium EP Deluxe soon. As always, I’m here to reply to your questions, so don’t be shy!

For more updates, please follow MixedBag on Twitter and Facebook.

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41 Comments

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  • That looks really cool, I’m looking forward to seeing more. :)

  • Looks quite good, wish it was coming to PS3 as well.

  • Sounds good I’m looking forward to it!

  • Reminds me somewhat of Kyntt Underground. That game was pretty cool. At least in look I mean.

  • YAY, more PS4 love!

    I am really digging the art style. Looking forward to checking it out.

    Are you planning a demo?

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      Hi Adam,

      We don’t know for now, the game is coming later this year. If it’s possible, we sure would love to release a demo! :)

  • David2Crazy

    Great art style, and a huge fan of Metroidvania-style gameplay. Keeping an eye on this for sure.

  • Mauro Fanelli
    Mauro Fanelli
    Mauro Fanelli

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments! For questions about the game, I’m here! :)

  • Futureshark

    Wow, between this and Futuridium, you guys are making some really cook looking games. Kudos to your art team!!

    Looking forward to both of these

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      Thanks!
      Our art team is… the other half of MixedBag, sitting right beside me. We are only two guys (and a musician). :)

  • Futureshark

    Is Futuridium still Vita only, or will it come to PS4 too?

    Will forma.8 be crossbuy accross both platforms?

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      Can’t answer about Futuridium. ;)

      About cross-buy/cross-save: can’t confirm 100%, but yes is a good bet. ;)

  • Has a very “Out Of This World/Another World” look. I always loved that art direction.

  • Sounds like fun! Metroidvania games are my ship. You said it began with testing touch controls. So is the Dualshock 4 touchpad being utilized to significant effect? And are you supporting remote play?

  • KazeEternal

    I wish PS Blog would let me put a watch on particular games. I wnat to follow this, but don’t want to forget about it at the end of the year.

  • Looks sweet. A little bit of a Knytt Undergound vibe, but more colorful :)

  • toothdecaykills

    Sign me up day one! Any idea when this will be released?

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      Late this year. Can’t share a precise timeframe for now. :)

  • Reminds me of a PixelJunk game like Shooter :D

  • I know that the game is still in development, but can I buy this soundtrack right now? :) Qubit is awesome. Game looks cool too.

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      He’ll be extremely happy to hear that, and yes he’s incredibly talented! Check out our other announcement Futuridium EP Deluxe for PSVita, it features some tunes from him!

  • PanTheMan16

    How is the title read? forma 8? forma point 8?

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      That’s a good question! As italian we pronounce it ‘forma otto’, in english it’s… whatever you want!
      I think ‘forma eight’ is fine. :D

  • Cellphone games for Vita more one time. Where’s the real games? Sorrowful the situation of the Vita =/

  • PanTheMan16

    Thanks for the reply. This game looks really neat. The visuals remind me of PixelJunk: Shooter + Knytt Underground + Limbo, but obviously it will play like forma.8. :)

  • snakeeyes211

    I wish I could give you my money right now or at least preorder it. are you planning on having trophies?can you push for a platinum

  • TigerStealth

    Looks awesome, will definitely buy if cross buy as I’d love to play in 1080p on PS4 and also make use of the vita’s OLED for these really cool graphics / art style.

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      Thanks TigerStealth, I can assure you that the game looks gorgeous on the OLED.
      Awesome resolution + awesome colors. ;)

  • At first I thought, “Looks like PixelJunk Shooter and Limbo had a baby” and then I saw you say Metroidvania. At which point I grabbed my credit card and threw it at the screen. “TAKE MY MONEY!”

    WHEN? Please say #SOON!

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      A bit #LATER than Futuridium, our other game for PSVita. ;)

  • Robbie_G_lrish

    Oh wow, that video wasn’t really what I was expecting. It looks really cool. What surprised me about it was the slower pace. It seems like it’ll be more focused on being methodical and exploratory than say Gaucamelee (which is also awesome). The soundtrack looks to set the mood well too. The Vita is on fire.

  • certainly looks interesting and unique. Im always happy to support Indie devs who dont use the generic 2D pixelated side-scroller genre that seems all the rage these days

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      We love pixel graphics, but we wanted to try a totally different visual style.

      The pro: with this technology, we can go on PSVita or on a 1080p TV preserving the exact same image quality. We didn’t wanted to have visible pixel, only smooth and clean lines for forma.8. :)

  • Doesn’t remind me of Pixeljunk Shooter at all. Not even a little bit..

  • Looks awesome. Day 1 Vita for me.

  • Looks beautiful. I’m sold.

  • MushThePainter

    Will definitely pick this up for my Vita. Looks really cool. The trailer could have been a little more exciting but nonetheless, I’m intrigued.

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      …so we have more exciting thing to show later! ;)

      I think the later game power ups are absolutely crazy, can’t wait to show them!

  • Very beautiful game. I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi, so I’ll definitely check this out (especially on Vita!) The gameplay reminds me of Pixeljunk Shooter and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet – which isn’t a bad thing! Were those two games inspirations for you at all?

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      Visually PixelJunk Shooter, yes. With Another World, that was the main inspiration.
      Sounds weird but we never played Twisted Shadow Planet, but definitely want to.

  • Another World/Out of this World >

    I definitely see it now.

  • Now i must say this makes me very thrilled to have a PS Vita. I mean all the games that are coming out are just spectacular!!!!!!!!!!

  • This looks really interesting. Sci-Fi, a big world to explore, puzzles to solve, and no hand-holding? Count me in. Always happy to support indie devs too. I really enjoyed the style and music. Looks good so far. Can’t wait to see and hear more.

  • hope it launches with a PS+ discount, and DAY ONE :D
    <3 my Vita

  • PrimeroIncognito

    I like.

  • Looks very promising. Looking forward to this, and looking forward to Futuridium EP Deluxe as well

  • dkarlowicz10

    I look forward to this game. I will be getting the Vita version.

  • plaztiksyke

    Looks like Limbo meets Pixeljunk Shooter. is there co-op play?

    will the audio be lossless/24-bit on PS4 and max bitrate Ogg/AAC on Vita?

    • Mauro Fanelli
      Mauro Fanelli

      No co-op, single player only.

      Yes, best quality audio possible on both platforms. :)

  • That games looks gorgeous and a ton of fun! I’m feeling some Waking Mars versus PixelJunk Shooter vibes! Can’t wait to play it!

  • tonydamiani

    Like other gamers here. This reminds me of PixelJunk Shooter. A game that I became addicted to it. This is a must 1st day buy! My 1st Indie PS4 Game! I

  • This looks very similar to Another World (also known as Out Of This World.)

  • This look really great! Cannot wait to get it!

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