Hi there, my name is Dominic Robilliard and for the last year or so I’ve been serving as the Creative Director for a new group within Sony World Wide Studios: Pixelopus.
This brand new team is made up of talented graduates from two pioneering digital media and artistic institutions here in the United States: Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center and the San Jose State University Animation and Illustration program. As well as a cutting edge creative skill set we also benefit from a diverse cultural back drop too: Pixelopus is truly an international group with five countries represented amongst the ten of us!
This week at E3 we are both revealing and launching our debut game: Entwined for the
PS4, the PS3 and PS Vita systems. It’s a beautiful, addictive and abstract action/arcade game about two souls who are in love but that can’t be together. These souls are represented by a bird and a fish, which you must learn to control simultaneously. Over the course of nine lifetimes you will help these two characters come together with the eventual goal of uniting them for eternity. This story was inspired by an ancient Chinese myth, and the theme of reincarnation lives in our level structure.
Within each of these varied lifetimes you will earn the opportunity to bring the two souls together, and at that moment they will turn into a soaring dragon. This empowering transformation was designed as a moment of liberation and pure gameplay reward to celebrate this important moment in each lifetime. The freedom and joy of flight soon leads to the ability for players to ‘skywrite’ using glorious trails of light and living paint across the sky. We hope that players will enjoy this ability to create their own aerial sculptures, and on the PS4 system they can share what they make with their friends through the Share button.
We began this project on a quest to find new gameplay ideas, create meaningful art and a desire to make something that felt genuinely new and entertaining for players. With an original gameplay mechanic at its heart, Entwined creates a unique sense of flow which only games can generate through the balance of skill, a vibrant art style and a mesmerizing original soundtrack.
I want to close out this blog post by thanking our amazing team; Lucie, Becky, Ash, Haewon, Jing, Eric, Jitesh, Arjun, our wonderful composer Sam Marshall and finally our extraordinary Art Director, Jeff Sangalli. As a group you possess a rich and enlightening mix of experience, talent, and passion for making games, which has created something truly special in Entwined. We really hope PlayStation gamers have as much fun playing this exclusive game as we did making it.
Entwined is available now on the PS4 system via PlayStation Store for $9.99, and will be releasing in about a month on the PS3 and PS Vita systems. It is a Cross-Buy title, so you’ll already own it on those two platforms when you pick it up for the PS4 system. The soundtrack is also available to purchase today on the PS3 system and iTunes Store.