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You Decide What the Real Story is in ICEY, Out August 8 on PS4

Fantablade explains how their new sidescroller puts players in control, to the chagrin of its narrator.

Mark Xiao's Avatar Posted by Producer, Fantablade

Hi, everyone! I’m Mark Xiao, the Producer from Fantablade, a game development team in Shanghai, China.

This goes without saying, but the opportunity to have our game join PSN is both extremely humbling and very exciting!

About Icey

Icey is a side-scrolling action game. On the surface, players take on the role of a young girl with no memory, with only the voice of an omnipotent narrator to guide them through Ultimopolis on their quest to find Judas, a dangerous and powerful enemy.

Look deeper, however, and players are actually acting as themselves. Should they resist the narrator’s instructions and instead help Icey discover her own self-awareness?

It’s up to you, really. Do you prefer to see through Icey’s eyes and act as she would? Or do you prefer to remain “yourself” and see the world through your own eyes? Only you can decide what the real story is.

Hack and Slash

There are plenty of combo attacks to tie together during battle in Icey.

Once enemies are sufficiently weakened, you’ll be able to dispatch them quickly in a flurry of slashes.

Absorb energy released from kill shots to then release a massive attack which damages all enemies within view.

Combine all of these together to build up devastating combos.

Resist the Narrator and Find Your Own Path

It’s possible to play Icey as a simple action game, but if you want to discover the real story behind Icey you need to realize that the narrator can be directly disobeyed.

For example, the narrator will tell you to activate a bridge.

Of course, you don’t have to listen.

Resist these instructions enough times, and the narrator will prevent your progress and even teach you how to play the game.

Resist further, and the narrator will create a “temporary” zone for you.

And, of course, try to force you to finally follow the arrow.

Feel free to once again disobey these commands.

Only by annoying the narrator throughout Icey will players be able to uncover some semblance of the truth about the game world.

Looking Forward

In the beginning, I started making Icey because I wanted to make a game that provoked players’ emotions in a unique way.

For example, if players were to enter Icey’s world and treat it as an action game, only to find that as early as the new player tutorial they could ignore the narrator’s directions, wouldn’t that be cool? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel that the narrator was actually a real person who could be resisted and annoyed? We showed a few of our classmates an early demo with these ideas, and their response was overwhelmingly positive. As a result, we moved forward with producing the full version of the game.

My classmates and I began producing Icey immediately after we graduated in 2014. This was the first time any of us had ever tried to produce a game. There will probably be parts of the game we didn’t develop well enough, or ideas that could be further expanded upon. We hope that we’ll be able to continue improving Icey and create even better games in the future through sustained suggestions and feedback from all of the awesome people enjoying the game!

Add Your Own

steeler192 said:

August 4th, 7:17 am

The Stanley Parable with actual action? Sign me up!

Congratulations on bringing your game to PS4 and to us, western gamers! I wish you much success!

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    Mark Xiao said:

    August 4th, 8:50 am

    Stanley Parable is one of my favorite games! Get ready to find more in ICEY.

    brandywuxd said:

    August 4th, 8:06 am

    Sign me up too!!

Trimixess said:

August 4th, 7:23 am

Looks pretty good, can’t wait for release!

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    Mark Xiao said:

    August 4th, 8:35 am

    Me too! ;)

aoune007 said:

August 4th, 7:29 am

VA VA VOOM! This looks amazing! Glad for this one to be coming to PS4! Reminds me of/ gives me vibes of that running and gunning (hack n slash esq) on PS3 from Sega. Whose name I have forgotten now :( That was remastered and released just now on PC. How did I forget that name.

    CHOMPlSON said:

    August 4th, 7:40 am


    steeler192 said:

    August 4th, 8:29 am

    Comix Zone?

    AlisterPre said:

    August 4th, 8:47 am

    Bayonetta for sure, it looks fantastic as well

saab01 said:

August 4th, 7:36 am

Hack n slash game you got me already.

saab01 said:

August 4th, 7:37 am

What is the price?

    Kishnabe said:

    August 4th, 10:36 am

    Could be 9,99 USD, as the Steam/Asian PSN version are the same price. 78 HK=9,99 USD.

maverator said:

August 4th, 7:57 am

How is being on the PSN blog humbling exactly? If anything I would think getting access to a platform like this would have the opposite effect on someone. Like hall of famers who talk about being humbled by the honor. Being refused an honor would be more humbling I would think.

    gcw1manclan said:

    August 4th, 8:37 am


    gcw1manclan said:

    August 4th, 8:38 am

    You must be a blast at parties

Kishnabe said:

August 4th, 10:22 am

So Awesome, heard ICEY is immense fun with a easy platinum from trophy hunters who picked up the the Asian Release.

Kishnabe said:

August 4th, 10:22 am

So Awesome, heard ICEY is immense fun with a easy platinum from trophy hunters who picked up the the Asian Release.

Bayonetta34916 said:

August 4th, 3:46 pm

I wouldn’t mind giving it a try. :-)

magicmix13 said:

August 4th, 7:30 pm

Will this version include Ucey’s Awakening? I have this on my Steam wishlist, but now I can’t decide whether or not to get it here or there. I like the idea of the game and can’t wait to check it out. Thanks.

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    Mark Xiao said:

    August 8th, 10:42 pm

    Yes it includes the DLC- UCEY’s Awakening!

RichHomieVlad said:

August 4th, 10:01 pm

keep em coming, day one buy for me

Spitfireclb said:

August 4th, 10:41 pm

The game looks awesome would love to stream and make some videos on it

link1983 said:

August 5th, 12:48 pm


oaks1980 said:

August 5th, 1:07 pm

Looks pretty cool! Almost like a sci-fi version of Dishwasher 2: Vampire’s Smile with better graphics. I’ll probably pick this one up

Zoryu_of_Setsuna said:

August 6th, 7:36 pm

I remember seeing this on Steam, looked really good so I put it in my Wishlist, and glad to see it’s also coming to PS4. It’s definitely on my to get list.

iblisnaga said:

August 7th, 5:15 am

I hope u can add more character for this game(with nice boobies n booty)

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    Mark Xiao said:

    August 8th, 10:55 pm

    I hear ya!

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