We showed off the game at Gamescom 2020, and PlayStation’s blog dives into its multiple art styles, as well as telling us that the game will range from office break-ins to high-speed chases.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
The game sees a world stripped of colour, with the player asked to manually paint it back to life, offering personalisation as well as puzzling. On PS5, the game will use the DualSense touchpad to control the brush (with a left-handed option), and the developer has “added lots of soft texture rumbles which makes the whole thing feel warm and cozy, like petting a cat.”
Nour: Play With Your Food
Using “adaptive background music,” Nour’s tunes and sound effect will shift depending on what you do to the (extremely nice looking) food in front of you. Different foods correspond to different sounds; you can move them around, make messes, and even blow into the microphone for different effects. In a PlayStation blog post, developer Terrifying Jellyfish’s Maximillian C Mueller describes “noodle harps,” airy marshmallow flute sounds, ice cube grand pianos, turning toasters into drum sets, and a meat grinder set to heavy metal.
The video above explains it best by showing how food interfaces with sound, but Mueller also sums it up best in the blog with an example:
“Perhaps the best example of physical instrumentation in Nour is the noodle harp. Make some noodles, arrange them to form an elegant slope (or monster) using the magnet, and freeze them. While there are many ways you could choose to play the harp, one of my favorites is simply letting a gyoza tumble down the sculpture to create a descending melody.”
Where the Heart Leads
Where the Heart Leads is a narrative game focused on decision-making throughout the life of one man. Developer Tod Keller from Armature Studio says the game is inspired by titles like Heavy Rain, Oxenfree, Xenogears, and Vagrant Story, and includes the influences of David Lynch, Wes Anderson, and Nicolas Winding Refn.
It’s out on PS4 and PS5 on July 13.
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