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Shiftlings Hits PS4 on March 3rd

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Shiftlings Hits PS4 on March 3rd
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Hey everyone! We’re only a few days away from the arrival of Shiftlings on PS4 March 3rd, and to celebrate, we thought we’d share with you a few of the devious inspirations behind the creation of some of the game’s various worlds and bonus levels!

First off, we designed 50 levels spread over five unique worlds. What you don’t know is there are also five additional, unlockable levels for you to conquer. These bonus levels are a completely different experience, if you manage to actually unlock them.

The inspirations and ideas behind the levels:

Event Horizon

We wanted to achieve a hectic and wildly fun level with constant movement. So we decided that you would have to ride an elevator through the entire level while avoiding obstacles. Naturally, you’ll also have to avoid getting pushed or pulled off of your platform. Of course we also just had to have this platform carried by a giant robot of doom along with a sea of fire waiting for you should you make a slight misstep.

Shiftlings

Hyperactivia

In Hyperactivia we introduce gravity beams and springs, which can be particularly fun if you have both players being bounced around while switching sizes. To add to the chaos, you’re being chased by a giant spinning flame wheel of death. Think of it like an extreme game of tag!

Veraville

We haven’t shown this level to anyone yet, are you excited? Get your spurs because Western ways are the flavor of the month here, partner! In this level, you will fire yourself out of a cannon onto conveyor belts that are moving in all directions. You’ll have to shift the sizes of your characters accordingly, so going down the wrong path doesn’t have to mean inevitable death (Or does it?).

Earth 2.0

This should feel like home! Here we have hinged platforms that will slow your progress to a dead stop if you don’t know what you’re doing. Every time you swap sizes or jump, look out for swinging platforms. In the interest of hilarious mistaken deaths, the player must ride an elevator down to the exit while controlling the platforms to block hazards and find a safe path… or else!

Sherbert

Disappearing platforms are another fun way to halt your inexorable progress to beating our game. Think you’re safe on a platform? Oops, there it goes. This level is a marathon of disappearing platforms where you have to keep moving to avoid coming down with a serious case of the deadsies. Oh yeah, did we mention you’ll be chased by a giant bank of laser beams?

We sincerely hope that you enjoy all the work and ideas we put into Shiftlings, even when you’re being zapped for the hundredth time or are staring down yet another maniacal robot. We know it will create a fun and challenging experience for you! See you on the flip-side and thanks for reading!

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  • No price? Now you will get loads of posts asking if it’s PS+ game.

  • maxcoronel2014

    Looks good!
    Any info about the pricing? Or any chance that we get it for PS+?

  • Dragonchasers

    Doubt it’s PS+ because we’re getting Hellburners as a PS+. They seem to usually pair a new PS+ game with an older game, don’t they?

    Anyway, been looking forward to Shiftlings for a long time. Day 1 purchase for me!

    • Natascha Röösli
      Natascha Röösli

      That’s great, thank you! Really excited you consider a Day 1 Purchase :)

  • maxcoronel2014

    @Dragonchasers You mean Helldivers? It is confirmed that were not getting it.

  • @maxcoronel2014 Where is it confirmed we’re not getting Helldivers? I was really looking forward to that…

    This game looks interesting though. No price hints at PS+ game for March to me.

  • Dragonchasers

    @maxcoronel2014 Yes I did mean Helldivers. Doh! And I hadn’t heard we weren’t getting it… that’s a bummer. And thanks for clarifying and correcting my bad info!

    I’m still on-board for Shiftlings though.

  • maxcoronel2014

    @Dragonchasers @ Kaznasty- it was confirmed by the devs on a Reddit AMA. Anyway, Shiftlings is looking very promissing and PS+ or not Ill be looking forward for this game.

  • GrafUlrich88

    Hello Natascha,

    Your game looks really incredible! I’m looking forward to checking it out.

    I wanted to ask if you guys and gals would consider on making “Dynamic Themes” and “Avatar Pictures” for the PS4. Your game would look cool displayed on everyone’s PS4.

    Cheers!!!

    Rob aka Graf

    • Natascha Röösli
      Natascha Röösli

      We haven’t looked into any of these but we could try to at least check it out. No promises though :)

  • Was this game made with the Unity Engine?

    • Natascha Röösli
      Natascha Röösli

      Yes, we’ve been using Unity for a long time now and Shiftlings is no exception. There is a lot of custom scripting, though and we developed our own on-house tools to streamline our workflow. :)

  • @GrafUIrich88 R U a spam bot? You ask about themes in every blog post. Copy & paste word for word spam non the less.

  • @maxcoronel2014 Wasn’t aware of that but I see in the Spring Fever post that it is at a discount, so I guess now I know regardless. Sad, wanted that free :(

    Hopefully Shiftlings will be on that list though! Gameplay looks fun.

  • price and platinum?

    i’d like an answer

    • Natascha Röösli
      Natascha Röösli

      14.99 USD and if you refer to trophies, yes, there is a Platinum :)

  • Looks like PS+ seeing Helldivers has been ruled out

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