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Explore a Mysterious Planet in Forma.8, Out February 28 on PS4, PS Vita

Mauro Fanelli's Avatar Posted by Cofounder, MixedBag

Hi PlayStation gamers, it’s Mauro Fanelli from indie studio MixedBag here, and I’m super proud to finally announce (Drum roll…) the release date for our one-of-a-kind metroidvania, Forma.8!

Forma.8 is a project we’re really attached to. It’s the first game we started working on when MixedBag was only a two-person team, and it was our dream project from the get go: a huge 2D action adventure full of clever gameplay ideas and presented in a striking, visual style.

Needless to say, development took more time than we anticipated. We announced the game in 2013, aiming to launch in 2014. It’s now 2017. Go figure. We had ups and downs. We worked on and launched other games in the meantime. The team grew in size as the project scope increased. We added a lot of stuff. We scrapped a lot of stuff, always aiming to deliver “the best game possible.”

We poured our hearts and souls into Forma.8, and we are so happy to announce that our dream game will finally be available on PlayStation Store on February 28 for both PS4 and PS Vita. Fully supporting cross buy, of course.

As the small exploration probe forma.8, you’re stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Separated from your companions by accident, you have a life or death mission to accomplish: find and recover a lost, powerful energy source before it’s too late. And not everything is what it seems…

Forma.8 offers all the gameplay hooks of the classic metroidvania formula: a huge world to explore, a unique control system, power ups to collect for unlocking new zones, enemies to fight, puzzles to solve, a cryptic story, and huge bosses. All presented with unique visuals — using a combination of lovely hand drawn vector graphics and 3D characters to bring the world of Forma.8 to life with a targeted silky smooth 60 frames per second.

Last but not least, we’re partnering again with the awesome folks at Limited Run Games to bring you a super limited physical edition of Forma.8 on both PS4 and PS Vita! The physical version will be available in very limited quantities at a later date and will be sold exclusively through their website.

A warm thank you from the MixedBag team for the continued support. See you February 28 on PlayStation Store. I’ll be hanging around in the comment section below, ready to answer your questions.

Update: the release date has been changed to February 28

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janusfilmsfan said:

February 3rd, 6:42 am

Hi guys! Been looking forward to this one, glad it’s coming out so soon. Are there any PS4 Pro enhancements for the game? Thanks.

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    Mauro Fanelli said:

    February 3rd, 6:50 am

    Thank you!
    Yes, the game runs at native 4K on PS4 Pro!

janusfilmsfan said:

February 3rd, 6:57 am

wow wow wow that’s rad guys! Day one.

Link531 said:

February 3rd, 7:34 am

This game looks great, nice job guys. I’ll have to check it out.

Wozman23 said:

February 3rd, 8:27 am

Finally! Been hyped since the announcement trailer.

ZanFear said:

February 3rd, 9:08 am

Finally!!! Been waiting for this on Vita ever since it was first revealed.

ZanFear said:

February 3rd, 9:11 am

Should’ve read the whole thing first! Glad to hear about the physical version with Limited Run Games!

Kishnabe said:

February 3rd, 11:21 am

Thank for plugging away and delivering a Vita version.

Is it possible to revisit location in one play through to look for artifacts/hidden secrets?

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    Mauro Fanelli said:

    February 3rd, 12:18 pm

    Hi! We love Vita and we’ll keep supporting it. :)

    Yes, the game world is open and interconnected, you can always go back and explore it to unlock hidden stuff.
    And there’s a lot of hidden stuff and artefacts to collect if you want to really see everything in the game and get all the trophies. ;)

cowmamba said:

February 3rd, 11:31 am

It’s so good to see Limited run be mentioned on the official PS blog! See Sony! People still want physical games :D! I can’t wait to play Forma.8 it looks awesome! My Vita is ready!!

    ZanFear said:

    February 3rd, 1:46 pm

    And physical Vita games at that!!

Seluhir said:

February 3rd, 1:30 pm

Interesting. Liking the metroidvanias that keep coming out.

AgentX said:

February 3rd, 4:10 pm

Great to hear that the game is finished! I had a great time with Futuridium EP Deluxe, and I’m confident this will be a winner as well.

Figboy said:

February 4th, 3:18 am

This looks really cool! On my radar now!

MATTKBAN said:

February 5th, 8:49 am

I…I think I’m sold ;p And I can’t tell whats going on in the pics. Metroidvania on Vita is all I ask haha! Thanks!

vanillamoose said:

February 5th, 9:06 am

Metroidvania games are awesome! So glad this genre is back in vogue. Also, thank you for supporting the Vita (Viva La Vita)! Day one purchase for me from both PSN and Limited Run.

XenoNative said:

February 11th, 4:50 am

interesting.

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