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Alone With You: A Sci-fi Romance Adventure on PS4

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Alone With You: A Sci-fi Romance Adventure on PS4
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I can’t tell you how exciting it’s been to be a PlayStation developer. I jumped on board with the PS4 and Vita launch of my horror game Home last fall, and now I’m excited to finally share with you some lovely news about my new title in development, Alone With You!

Alone With You will be available to play for the very first time ever on PS4 at the GDC Expo PlayStation booth. Barely a dozen people in the entire universe have even seen the game up until now, so imagine how exciting it is to know that next week, tens of thousands of conference-goers might give it a go! (Replace “exciting” with “terrifying” for a more accurate assessment.)

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The GDC demo is a small, vertical slice; it takes you through the intro, one mission, and even lets you see how the dating works. But I know lots of you won’t be able to make it to GDC, so allow me to share a few exclusive tidbits with you right here!

What’s This Game About, Again?

To recap: you play as the sole remaining member of a doomed terraforming colony. Your planet will crumble and implode in less than a month, and you must use your remaining time to try to escape. There is only one escape pod left, and it isn’t functioning. Even worse, the only people who specialized in its systems are all dead as a result of the colony’s failure. But the colony’s AI is still with you, and together you plan to get yourselves off the planet — by recreating those key colony members and learning how to fix the ship, so you can both flee to safety.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Hug

Similar to Home, Alone With You is a narrative-focused exploration game. It’s not about dodging bullets or tripping instant-death cutscenes — it’s about soaking yourself in the game’s world and hopefully getting just way too emotionally invested along the way.

As you can see here, you go on missions that your AI companion — lovingly named AF4B/3B by the company that made it — sends you on. You’ll need to find specific things, and use your scanner to gather data. As you explore the game’s environments, you’ll inevitably come across other, less critical items — some of which help immerse you in the world around you, and some of which play a role when it’s time to do some romancin’.

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The face buttons on DualShock 4, or on PS Vita, let you interact with AF4B/3B, even if you’re doing other things. So by using the Square, Triangle or Circle button, you can make choices and keep dialogue moving.

Once you’ve completed each mission, AF4B/3B will ask you to come home, and while it crunches the day’s data, you can take a breather.

But sometimes, at night, you might be asked to visit the colony’s holo-sim chamber, where the digital versions of those old colonists are trying to orchestrate your salvation. Except on these occasions, a particular colonist might not want to talk about work…

Let’s Talk About Love

Alone With You is a “romance adventure,” but that doesn’t mean it’s just another dating sim. In fact, true to form, I’ve adopted a kind of focused minimalism with the game; it’s not about maxing out dating stats or trying to form a love harem — rather, it’s about the curious threads you discover when love happens at the most inopportune times. (Can love bloom on a doomed terraforming colony?)

Alone With You

You’ll speak to the colonists as you gather the data you need for them to help you, but you’ll also get a little one-on-one time, depending on the choices you make. In these scenes, the things you may have seen or not seen, or decisions you have made previously, will affect what you can talk about — and decisions you make while doing so can affect what happens later on, too!

There’s one really important aspect of Alone With You’s romantic gameplay, too, that I want to discuss: it’s completely open to all players, regardless of gender or orientation. There are four potential love interests in the game, and you can choose to spend time with whomever you wish — and yes, you can enter your name, for that personal touch.

The Look and the Lifestyle

Okay, I’m going to level with you all: Alone With You is a giant love-letter to the Sega CD. Yes, you read that correctly; that old Genesis add-on from the mid-nineties. The game features a color palette chock full of those classic greens and purples, and a hearty 16-bit resolution (the UI runs at 1080p, though, and is beautiful and clean). It also features a few nifty graphical tricks that, I hope, make it stand out from other titles.

Even better, Alone With You has lots of whimsical, full-screen animation for everything from using doors to revving up your sweet hover shuttle. Everything (so far) is hand-drawn by yours truly. I’m using my years of comic-making experience to (I hope) deliver some tasty, unique visuals.

The Future Sounds Funky

If you played Home, you might have noticed its sparse, eerie soundtrack — one that had pretty much no music, and lots of creepy ambience. Well, with Alone With You, I am stoked beyond belief to be making a game that features an actual soundtrack you’ll want to listen to, even when you’re not playing!

Longtime collaborator Ivor Stines (who created that creepy title theme for Home) is on full-time as Alone With You’s sound designer and musician. Every beat and beep is his creation, and in grand Sega CD fashion, you’ll get a sophisticated soundscape that belies the game’s classic visuals.

Which is why we both want you to hear a track from the game right now. Lots of games have ambient, melodic tones these days — but what about some funk? Desperately gathering materials to fend off your impending doom has never sounded so… booty-shakin’.

So that’s today’s update! If you’re attending GDC, please check out the game at the PlayStation booth. There’s still a lot of development to go on the game, so if you continue to have questions, post a reply and I’ll answer you!

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  • dariocba2014

    IGC or riot…

  • Thanks for the update. I’m a huge fan of Home (beat it on both Vita and PS4 with all trophies attained) and am really excited to see this next game.

    • Benjamin Rivers
      Benjamin Rivers

      Thanks, Zepherj! Yay for grabbing all the trophies! Putting them in Home was my favourite part of making the PlayStation version. :-) I’m hoping to be even more creative with them for AWY.

  • texasman208

    Do want. I’ve been looking forward to this game since the first psblog post about it.

  • I was already on board, and then you mentioned the Sega-CD and now I’m even EXTRA on board.

    The Snatcher fan in me tips his cap to you, sir.

    • Benjamin Rivers
      Benjamin Rivers

      Ha ha! I was hoping the Sega CD fans of yore would find that interesting! Maybe I can come up with some kind of Sega CD-inspired merch for this game. :-)

  • How come no home on PS3? I would have bought it.

  • I’ve been intrigued by this for a while. Too bad I won’t be playing the demo at GDC, but you have my purchase when it’s ready!

  • knightsnavi

    I remember hearing about this game a while ago; thanks for the update! Looking forward to checking this out. Speaking of Sega CD games….would love to something like Snatcher or Policenauts done in a similar fashion.

  • You had me at Romance. This sounds really intriguing. I’m in day 1.

    • Benjamin Rivers
      Benjamin Rivers

      “You had me at romance.” That’d make a great box quote (if there was a box). :-)

  • Doctor_Hank_Pym

    Day-1 purchase!! “Home” was great and I can’t wait to try this. Love the art style & music, and the lonely desperation / AI-helpers reminds me of my favorite Infocom title, “Suspended”.

  • I really enjoyed Home so I’m sure this will be on my list. loving the vibe!

  • This looks really cool. I love the art style. I can’t wait to play this on the Vita. Home was great I thought.

  • Happinessthefish

    Love the music. Spot on with the description of it being something you actually want to listen to.

  • Whats the PS+ lineup look like for March?

    Also, will there be a PS+ sub sale soon? I just picked up Live for $35 and I need to renew my Plus as well…but looking for a good deal first

  • I’m not quite done with it yet, but I’ve really enjoyed ‘Home’ and will definitely check this one out when it gets released.

  • OnTheBus666

    Thank you Sony for your overwhelming indie support! These games are the future of the industry. Do you guy think we could see oblitus on a Sony console? Looks like a perfect fit for vita!

  • Loved Home, should go back and play it again soon. Can’t wait for this new project! Good luck with development.

  • NightHawk17

    Looking good, can’t wait to hear and see more. I’m still curious about the romance aspect of the game. At first I assumed the ai was the romance partner, but it being the colonist holograms will be very interesting.

  • Retry_Rabbit

    I’m looking forward to this game, I’ll definitely pick it up when it comes out.

  • Looks amazing!

  • Benjamin Rivers
    Benjamin Rivers
    Benjamin Rivers

    Thanks for all the great comments, folks. Glad to hear you’re excited. I know it’s an oddball, but that seems to be my specialty, and that’s why it’s so great to read the enthusiasm.

    To NightHawk17: Ho ho ho! I think you’re going to have fun with this.

  • madmanwithabox12

    Shouldn’t the title have an “and Vita” on the end? Or are Sony that keen to hide the fact it’s on Vita?

    • Benjamin Rivers
      Benjamin Rivers

      Ah, good catch! I think we were trying to focus on the fact that the demo was playable on PS4 at GDC. The game is still slated for both systems. :-)

  • + Happinessthefish

    Thanks! Glad you are enjoying it. Only a small taste of what is yet to come.

  • thanks for making a game with inclusive romance options!

    I love the color palette and the choice to use native resolution for the UI.

    I’m curious the the what technical hurdles kept you from bringing Home to PS3. can you go into detail?

    • Benjamin Rivers
      Benjamin Rivers

      The main hurdle is just time! It’s tough enough to support two games on multiple platforms, so adding another platform (that’s new to me) wasn’t feasible.

      I’m making sure to take as much advantage of PS4 and Vita as I can with lots of little details…

  • yowzagabowza

    Eh, i bought home because it was cheap and had easy trophies. The game didn’t do much for me. I dunno, maybe this will be a similar deal, but the romance concept isnt one i ever go after.

  • “Alone With You: A Sci-fi Romance Adventure on PS4” (and Vita)

    Man, that song.., the art… Come on Sony! What’s a guy gotta do to be able to pre-order this title. Day one buy.

  • twinspectre

    @dariocba2014 @alltheGAMERZ that enjoy modern gaming i have a great idea for the IGC
    why don’t put some of the called Triple A gamez that are Trash like EA/ACTIVISION/UBISOFT games in the IGC ?
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    or better yet , release UNCHARTED 4 only inside the IGC

    continue

  • twinspectre

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  • twinspectre

    @dariocba2014 @alltheGAMERZ that enjoy modern gaming

    thank God gaming has devolved opz i mean evolved

    it is great that todayz gamez treat uz like idiotz because i love being idiotz , Regenhealth iz Great , waypointz/questmarkz are great , and the checkpoints/autosaves are great too , you know ? i don’t have time for gaming and gaming is a waste of time , but don’t get me wrong gaming is ma lyife

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  • Seems quite awesome. I was a huge fan of Snatcher, Rise of the Dragon and The Space Adventure when they came out on Sega CD in the 90’s. Snatcher is still my all-time favorite game.

  • This sounds great, and Mr.Rivers has already proven himself as a talent to be watched with Home. I’m really looking forward to this. Thanks for the update.

  • Loved Home on vita and ps4. Went through them a few times over and then again when friends came by to show them. Really looking forward to the new game.

  • Found this from the Polygon article. As a die hard Sega CD fan growing up, this pleases me. Excited for this game!

  • EduardoBarbosaF

    Why am I getting this Tarkovsky’s Solaris feeling about the game? :D

  • Chelsie_Swimfan

    I LOVED MY SEGA CD!!!!! I miss those days of playing titles like Sewer Shark and NEVER GETTING TO SOLAR CITY!!!! XD

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