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I am Bread Flopping Its Way to PS4

Luke Williams's Avatar Posted by Game Designer, Bossa Studios

Hi, I’m Luke Williams, the guy whose twisted and wonderful mind brought you I am Bread, the prequel to Surgeon Simulator. The team at Bossa are really excited to be bringing the game to PS4.

You may wonder how we got here. Well, wonder no more!

Around the time we were finishing up Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition for PS4, I had a completely reasonable thought; “If bread could move, how would it do it, and what could it possibly want to achieve?”

The more I thought about it, the more I saw a potential for quite a unique premise for a game, as well as a few design challenges! Like Surgeon Simulator, I wanted a clear goal for players to understand; a certain level of skill to be required, something the player could feel themselves getting better at every time they failed; and all in a more sandbox setting, letting the player experiment with everything in the world.

I always like to try and fulfill player expectations in a game by surrounding a lot of it in general world knowledge. This lets me focus on trying to meet what a player is expecting when playing a game rather than trying to teach them what to expect. When I say “Perform a Heart Transplant” a lot of people get the general idea of replacing a heart in someone’s body.

In I am Bread, your goal is to become toast. That’s it. This is where the general world knowledge stuff comes in — as a player I assume you generally know what is required to turn bread into toast, which is a toaster, or more simple than that; heat. So your goal in each level is to seek out or create a heat source by any means necessary in order to toast yourself. All this while trying to maintain some sort of edibility, because no one likes bread covered in dust/mud/fish bones/ants.

I Am Bread on PS4I Am Bread on PS4

Your adventure sees you go from holding yourself under an iron; to breaking a car window with a brick in order to turn on the engine. Oh yeah: the bread can grab onto things…

This lead us to quite a big challenge. How on earth are you going to move a slice of bread around and also create a fun, unique, and satisfying control scheme that the player could plausibly become skilled at?

We went through a lot of iterations but eventually settled on letting the bread have the ability to grab any surface or object with one of its four corners. This is done by holding the triggers on DualShock 4. You can hold down any combination of the triggers and then by using the right control stick you are able to flip the bread around those points. You can pretty much make up your own methods of traversing and climbing, and we’ve seen a whole host of unique ways to move around the world of I am Bread.

Finally, even after the grand adventure of becoming toast is over, we took the opportunity to create the bread game you’ve always wanted.

I Am Bread on PS4

You’ll find we’ve added a whole host of game modes that see you taking control of a new type of bread, each with their own variation of the controls and completely new goals and challenges. Become a baguette as you smash your way around the various levels, trying to cause as much destruction as possible; or become a bagel, and roll your way around a series of race courses in record time.

To top it all off, you’ll find a whole host of challenging Trophies to try and earn with all your bready companions. So I hope you’re ready to face the trials and tribulations that come with trying to be bread!

If you have any questions about the design process or anything I’ve mentioned, please ask away! You may also be impressed by my complete lack of bread puns, that took a lot of effort.

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BrianMcGuinness said:

June 5th, 7:02 am

Ha. Awesome.

FrankDaPronStar said:

June 5th, 7:04 am

It’s about time the PS4 got one of these silly games. Is there a window for release?

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    Luke Williams said:

    June 5th, 10:33 am

    No concrete release date but definitely sometime in the summer :)

paulogy said:

June 5th, 7:10 am

This game is so ridiculous, but I love what it’s doing.

Any chance there might be a co-op mode, a la Octodad (different people control different limbs)?

MaverickXS said:

June 5th, 7:12 am

My 5-year-old has been asking for this. He’ll be thrilled that it’s coming to PS4. Did I miss a release date in that article? Is there a release date yet?

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    Luke Williams said:

    June 5th, 10:34 am

    Not exact release date yet but within the next couple of months :)

Lightspeed_Halo said:

June 5th, 7:14 am

We all know kindafunnygames will have the best stream of this game on twitch when it releases!

oo7PorscheMGS said:

June 5th, 7:20 am

Surgeon Simulator I can understand, but how the heck did you come up with the idea for this game… Why/how in the world were you sitting around thinking about how bread would move… Lol.

Looks like frustrating fun! Love a good challenge, looking forward to it. There better be jelly day 1 edition exclusive dlc. (You only get butter if you preorder though:)

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    Luke Williams said:

    June 5th, 10:41 am

    I think I was making toast at the time, and it just seemed like a viable goal for a bread to have. I then thought if I didn’t have a toaster how would I make my toast and bam, potential game idea!

Thillhouse said:

June 5th, 7:25 am

Loved the Prince of Bel-Air-style announcement trailer. It’s a shame it wasn’t included in this post. Look it up, people.

DarthSmurfX said:

June 5th, 7:27 am

This sounds crumby.


doctorhino said:

June 5th, 7:28 am

My girlfriend has always dreamed of a game where you can play as a doughnut. Will definitely be picking this up.

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    Luke Williams said:

    June 5th, 10:37 am

    Technically it’s a bagel, but it’s pretty damn close to a doughnut!

Neil said:

June 5th, 7:40 am

Been following this game for some time now. Going to get it day 1

paulogy said:

June 5th, 7:58 am

@10 doctorhino

Today (June 5th, 2015) is National Doughnut Day, after all :-)

Superstone said:

June 5th, 8:13 am

This would be great on the Vita

chark said:

June 5th, 8:52 am

Upcoming DLC… Kra-toast!!

punkmusic2009 said:

June 5th, 9:02 am

gunslinger is free on facebook just type gunslingers I don’t know if its the same as the psn one but I think it is I don’t know why you must buy on psn if its free on facebook not to sound rude or anything im just concern that’s all

PanTheMan16 said:

June 5th, 9:33 am

@2 – PS4 already had silly games like this. One of which is from the same developer.

ossiecastro5 said:

June 5th, 9:56 am

Whenever I get a PS4, this will be a must buy. (unless this is broughtto the PS3 too ;) )

BlueBl1zzard said:

June 5th, 9:56 am

I never got past the second level of surgeon simulator, but I still had a ton of fun anyway. This game looks like crazy fun as well, so I’m definitely picking it up.

Also, second to last paragraph where it says “To top it all off…”, I think is approaching dangerously close to pun territory ;)

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    Luke Williams said:

    June 5th, 10:36 am

    I took great care to not start a pun chain, I’m not seeing the potential pun in that sentence though :p

bbswarrior_11 said:

June 5th, 10:02 am

I really enjoyed all the Let´s Plays I watched of this game so It´s cool that it´s coming to ps4. Looking forward to diving in all of the silliness since it seems like a very fun game.

plaztiksyke said:

June 5th, 10:32 am

Any PS4-specific enhancements or features?

It looks like 1080p/60hz is a given, but does 8GB of RAM and more GPU compute mean PS4-specific textures, geometry, shader, and/or lighting enhancements?

Any specific uses of the DS4 (touchpad, speaker, motion controls, etc)?

krae_man said:

June 5th, 10:43 am

“You may WONDER how we got here. Well, WONDER no more!”


krae_man said:

June 5th, 10:44 am

Also, Fingers crossed for the Fifth Element tie in DLC “I am a meat popsicle”.

Profilia said:

June 5th, 10:50 am

GOTY 2015!

djsaiyan said:

June 5th, 10:58 am

If you make Troy Baker VO DLC, I will buy Troy Baker VO DLC.

JetSetFuture said:

June 5th, 12:19 pm

Will there be a Gluten Free version?

paulogy said:

June 5th, 2:10 pm

@24 JetSetFuture’s asking the tough question!

EMO123456 said:

June 5th, 11:25 pm

It is impossible, but I would be cool Q WHAT THE PLUS JULY put Dreaming is free …..

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June 5th, 11:29 pm


GreatnessRD said:

June 6th, 12:07 am

The fact that this is real life legit has me concerned. The fact this is on my PS4 has me concerned as well. BUT! Alrighty then.

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June 6th, 2:58 am

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June 6th, 11:52 pm

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June 9th, 12:09 am

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magooser said:

June 9th, 3:56 am

LOL Wait….spam comments on PSN?

I just came here to ask how is it possible that this game can’t run on PS3? It looks like a PS3 game. 70% of the PS4 games out there look like they can run on the PS3….

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