PS4 Exclusive Drawn to Death Release April 4th, 2017

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

The arena based 3rd person shooter from development studio The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency Drawn to Death, finally launches on April 4th, 2017 on PlayStation 4 exclusively for $19.99. Drawn to Death is an all out 4v4 battle within a high-school teenager’s notebook. You will play as Ninja sharks, demons, and a cute teddy bear with a chainsaw ready to hack limbs off.

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Prior to the release date announcement, we interviewed David Jaffe speaking on the development process and challenges from creating Drawn to Death.

What does Drawn To Death have to offer:

  • Unconventional Combat
    Combining each character’s unique arsenal of weapons with deep gameplay mechanics, Drawn to Death blurs the lines of a nuanced fighting game with the action of a competitive shooter.
  • Show Your Skill
    Players can level up characters by completing specific challenges that unlock unique rewards and upgrade characters’ weapons and abilities.
  • Solo and Team Play
    Players will be able to face off in free-for-all and team based modes. Play with friends, or against the world.
  • Extraordinary Visuals
    The frenetic, pencil-sketch visuals add to the game’s in-your-face combat.

Here is the recent interview with David Jaffe from the PlayStation Blog speaking on Drawn to Death:

How would you compare Drawn to Death to other character-based shooters?

David Jaffe: There are lots of hero shooters popping up these days, but Drawn to Death is unique. Obviously it looks unique, but also — and more importantly — it feels unique.

The “time to kill” is long in Drawn to Death. Like, really long. We do this because we want players to have more chances for chases across the maps — where tables get turned and map knowledge allows hunted players to become the hunters.

Our game modes only support four players. Sometimes when people hear this they don’t like it. But for us, it’s a strength of the game. A high “time to kill” and too many players in a match ends up making a lot of shooters feel chaotic and random. We wanted Drawn to Death to play differently.

We want it to be super fast (And it is!) but not so chaotic that you can’t track what you need to track. For us, it’s imperative that Drawn to Death players are able to focus on specific enemy behavior. One of my favorite things in Drawn to Death is when I start to learn how a specific player on the battlefield is playing and I adjust my playstyle to that person. This is very hard to do when you’ve got lots of players to worry about and you’re dying every 45 seconds.

Drawn to Death is rooted in high school escapism and a sense of adolescent fantasy. How much of that comes from your own personal experience? How much is inspired by others?

David Jaffe: I couldn’t draw when I was growing up (and I still can’t), but as a kid I was always sketching and doodling in my notebook during class. I’d draw superheroes, aliens, monsters, and pretty much anything geek centric — it got me though a lot of boring lectures and stirred my imagination!

And I’m happy to say that we had a conference recently with my oldest kid’s science teacher and she was complaining that my kid is doodling away during class when she should be paying attention. Was I proud? You bet I was!

Could you (Possibly!) pick a favorite character? What about his or her design are you most proud of?

David Jaffe: I’d say it’s Ninjaw. And it’s because I love all of her unique mechanics. She’s got a grapple that lets her fly across the level, she’s got backflips that let her leap away from danger, and she can create protective shields in the air.

I love mixing those together, making Ninjaw grapple into an enemy to damage them and then backflipping away from the enemy while putting an air shield up to protect myself. Ninjaw can also throw sharks at bad guys, she can anchor opponents in place, and she can even see the weaker enemies on her radar and target those who are close to death.

But I love all the characters. They’re like our kids!

love playing with a weapon called The Shaxe, which is a cross between a shotgun and an axe. Every time you do a certain amount of damage with the weapon, a giant, rusty axe blade pops out of the gun’s barrel. But what do you do with the blades? Well, there’s a mini-game where you have to pull this starter cord — like on a lawn mower — at the exact right time to get the axe blades to start spinning. Once they’re spinning, you can fire the blades and do a ton of damage!

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Now a lot of people would say, “That’s too much work!” And for those players, they’d be right — which is why there are lots of fire-and-forget weapons in Drawn to Death. But one of the things I love most about our game is how there are lots of ways to play it, depending on your style.

How were you informed by your previous games when directing Drawn to Death?

David Jaffe: God of War taught me that play mechanics are why I love making and playing games. I understand and respect that not all players feel this way. But for me, the more I do this work and the more games I play, the more I realize I love and admire games for play mechanics.

Drawn to Death is really a reaction to that. Yes, the game has story and characters, but Drawn to Death is so much more about play mechanics — more than any other game I’ve done. I think you see that trajectory away from storytelling and toward pure mechanics in the games I’ve gotten to work on since God of War.

What’s the most important thing to you as a designer to encourage players to keep coming back?

David Jaffe: Persistence is crucial. But at end of the day, it’s about giving players the feeling of fun so that they’ll want to return and have that feeling — dependably — again and again. That’s why I love mechanics-based games so much. When you do it right, you’re basically giving people the emotion of fun on a regular, dependable basis! How amazing is that?!

How do we create that feeling of fun in Drawn to Death? We make sure the game gives players the sense that success or failure in a match was up to them and theirchoices. So if a player loses, they’re able to easily comprehend the moment to moment of the game well enough to have a good idea of what they must do to improve. And that way, when a player pulls off a win, they feel it’s because of their mastery of the game. Because it is!

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Source:PlayStation Blog

AOne Games “Omen of Sorrow” Interview

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Here at What’s Up PlayStation we had the honor and pleasure of interviewing the Executive Producer and Art Director, Maximiliano Kübler and Lead Programmer, Sebastian Gana from AOne Games to talk about their newest project, Omen of Sorrow. I had the opportunity to try out the game demo at PlayStation Experience 2016 in Anaheim, California and was blown away! The AOne Games team featured a beautifully made fantasy fighting game, featuring monsters of classic horror and gave them a new twist. 12 iconic characters engage, either locally or online, in a single death match or through the unholy trial story mode to define who’ll cast it’s shadow over the hearts of men for the next century. It’s rich in mythology, and timeless stories of legend with fast paced combat in classic 2-D style. You fight for your life against werewolves, vampires and other creatures of lore such as Quasimodo and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde to name a few.

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Focusing heavily on the art style to capture the essence of 18th century Europe, Kübler expounded on how his background in architecture contributed to the elaborate designs for the fight stages where these epic fights will take place. They definitely compliment the game’s theme and add texture to the story-lines.

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The What’s Up PlayStation crew was extremely excited to find out that Omen of Sorrow is a collaborative team of 23 individuals that include other developers including ex-Ace Team developers (Zeno Clash 2, Rock of Ages), with Art by the internationally acclaimed Genzoman (Double Dragon: Neon, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Hearthstone) and Music by Francisco Cerda (Jamestown, Gunpoint). AOne Games is based out of Chile, but the team is making its mark here in the United States by offering a fresh new take on fighters. They are making huge strides by being the first development team in Chile to create a game for consoles! We are proud to bear witness to their groundbreaking success!

For more information on Omen of Sorrow click here to check out their site.

 

Supergiant Games “Pyre” Interview

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Here at What’s Up PlayStation we had the pleasure of interviewing the Audio Director Darren Korb from SuperGiant Games, to talk about their latest game- PyreI had the pleasure of meet Darren in Anaheim, Ca at PlayStation Experience 2016 and during my time with the game, I knew I had to get an interview. The Whats Up PlayStation crew was extremely excited to be interviewing the guy who created both Bastion and Transistor soundtrack.

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In Pyre, you lead a band of exiles through an ancient competition spread across a vast, mystical purgatory, along with a distinctive gameplay blend that combines expressive decision-making on the world map with fast, action-packed confrontations against rival groups of exiles whose own freedom is at stake.

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We hope you all are as excited for Pyre as we are. Please enjoy the interview:

For more information on Pyre head to Supergiantgames.comPyre will be releasing in 2017 for PS4 and PC.

The Whats Up PlayStation crew can’t thank Darren Korb enough for taking the time out to do this interview!

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Drawn To Death Interview

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Here is our Drawn To Death interview with David Jaffe. Drawn To Death is the first project with his new studio The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency. Tonight we spoke about the games creation, the target markets, and how they’re planning to rid of the bad stigma a ‘Free to Play’ game can cause.

Drawn To Death takes place within a teenagers sketch book, where he has a bunch of his hand drawn creations go out in an all out war against each other. Drawn To Death is a 4 player online arena shooter, coming soon exclusively for the PS4.

What does Drawn To Death have to offer:

  • Unconventional Combat
    Combining each character’s unique arsenal of weapons with deep gameplay mechanics, Drawn to Death blurs the lines of a nuanced fighting game with the action of a competitive shooter.
  • Show Your Skill
    Players can level up characters by completing specific challenges that unlock unique rewards and upgrade characters’ weapons and abilities.
  • Solo and Team Play
    Players will be able to face off in free-for-all and team based modes. Play with friends, or against the world.
  • Extraordinary Visuals
    The frenetic, pencil-sketch visuals add to the game’s in-your-face combat.

**WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WAS USED DURING THIS INTERVIEW**

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Blacksea Odyssey’s Developer Interview

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Here is our first interview with the developers creating Blacksea Odyssey. Blacksea Odyssey is a top-down rogue-lite space shoot ‘em up RPG, with huge boss-like creatures to fight. During the interview we did ask if the game, would come to PlayStation 4 or the PlayStation Vita. Which they’re considering as a possibility. But for right now, a special promotion for the game is up on Steam. You can pick it up for $7.99, so go and check the game out. Here are some cool features for the game listed on their website( Blacksea Odssey).

Features

  • Rip Apart Enemies Piece by Piece: Eviscerate enemy creatures by ripping them apart with your harpoon.
  • Fully Destructible Everything: Blast through fully destructible environments with your spear or harpoon.
  • Twitch based Action-Packed Combat: Reminiscent of classic top-down shooters mixed with modern RPG and rogue-like mechanics.
  • Hardcore Rogue-like Elements: Featuring permadeath, procedural levels, and incredible replayability.
  • Massive Bosses: Battle against colossally scaled bosses dwarfing several screen sizes.
  • Expansive Customization System: Forge millions of runic modifications for your spear and space-board.

Here is our Interview:

 

Source: Youtube, Blackseaodyssey.com