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Control Day and Night in Vibrant Side-Scroller Planet Alpha

The creator of this gorgeous new platformer explains how you'll take advantage of the time of day to make your way through a lush alien world.

Adrian Lazar's Avatar Posted by Creative Director, Planet Alpha

Hello PlayStation fans,

My name is Adrian Lazar, Creative Director on Planet Alpha, an adventure that takes place in a living alien world where you have the ability to control the day and night. It combines fast platforming, challenging puzzles and stealth moments with an unique artstyle to create an unforgettable experience.

Planet Alpha

I started developing the game in my spare time four years ago, but many things have changed since then: we are now a small — but ambitious! — team, the game swapped its name a couple of times, and even the gameplay went through a few iterations.

But what stayed the same from the beginning was this desire to create an immersive, living world that would awe, scare and intrigue at the same time. An unexplored alien planet is the perfect canvas for this so we let our imagination flow.

In this blog post I would like to tell you about the biodiversity of Planet Alpha.

Planet Alpha

Moving to Scandinavia, I was fascinated by the long, colorful twilights when the sun lowers below the horizon and the sky is scattered with vivid shades. It’s a huge, often dramatic transformation that as an artist I wanted to replicate in our game.

Planet Alpha

So we implemented a day and night cycle that we keep evolving even today, which goes way beyond the visuals, affecting every part of the gameplay. What’s more, the player has the ability to change the time of day at will, using the transformation that the planet undergoes to their advantage.

For example, deep in the dense alien jungle light barely reaches the soil, so during the day some species of mushrooms extend toward the canopy to escape the shade. If you’re observant, you can use them as platforms to reach higher places or as covers to sneak past enemies.

Planet Alpha

High above the mountains, a different kind of transformation is taking place.
During the day, small floating islands warm up in the sun. This releases steam, which makes them move through the sky. You can use them to traverse this unstable environment, but be warned: some of them have sharp edges that can cut deep.

Planet Alpha

On an unexplored alien planet where you don’t know what’s harmful and what’s not, you will be tempted to move forward constantly. But I would encourage you to take a break once in a while and admire the scenery. Who knows, if you like exploring you might be rewarded with more than just a nice view.

However, this is a world in distress, threatened by an unstoppable force. Will you prove to be the foretold savior, or will you fail like many did before?

Planet Alpha

The diverse world of Planet Alpha is best experienced firsthand, so I’ll stop here. We’re hard at work creating a special experience and I cannot wait to share our creation with all of you.

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Dethfuse said:

March 12th, 6:42 am

Wow this game looks magnificent! I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on this one. When is this game going to come out?

Royank said:

March 12th, 7:03 am

Looks amazing!!!

Darkcrystaldrago said:

March 12th, 8:07 am

Will this game be able to play with friends and like a build your own and explore different planet game.

Otterpoet said:

March 12th, 8:38 am

I can’t play side-scrolls for the life of me, but this looks truly stunning! Beautiful work.

Wozman23 said:

March 12th, 9:22 am

I saw this – probably a couple years ago now – and was intrigued. The progress since then is phenomenal!

Turbulator243 said:

March 12th, 9:28 am

I had no idea this game was already 3 years into production until I had seen its first trailer today. Its visuals and music are simply astronomical. This is art on another level. It reminds me so much of Inside mixed with Ori and the Blind forest. I will definitely be keeping a close watch on this one for sure.

EnigmaNemesis said:

March 12th, 12:45 pm

Wow this is one gorgeous looking game. The art direction is fantastic!

TranquilitysEdge said:

March 12th, 4:45 pm

This looks like a game I am defiantly going to play :). Also really gorgeous visuals!

alexRSBR said:

March 12th, 5:36 pm

It looks really amazing: congrats! Graphics and sound made me fell a “Shadow of The Beast” atmosphere, which is something really great!

    alexRSBR said:

    March 12th, 5:37 pm


paulogy said:

March 13th, 10:12 am

Looks amazing! Keep up the great work :-)

Welmosca said:

March 14th, 10:49 am

Damn it looks incredible,truly a PS4 PSN game like all PSN games on the PS4 Store should be.I must say this is already a confirmed buy for me…not on release due to ma backlog but I love me some sidescroller action so definitely getting Planet Alpha.Great job y’all.

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