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Why you’ll want to play Transistor on PS4 more than once

Supergiant Games lifts the lid on its action RPG’s Recursion Mode

Transistor is less than a week away! Things are eerily calm for us at Supergiant as we await the moment when our new game becomes available worldwide, at which point we’ll find out at long last what everybody really thinks!

It’s been immensely gratifying to have worked on something that so many folks are excited about. Though, knowing full well just how little of the game we’ve shown, I’m eager to see the response to all the many aspects of the game we’ve purposely kept secret. I’d like to talk about one of those aspects here, but first! Let tell you why we’ve opted to keep so quiet through most of Transistor’s development.

Transistor on PS4

We could have shown more. Since you’re reading this on the PlayStation Blog, I’d bet you’re pretty up to date on what’s happening in games in general. You know the typical PR cycle for a big game involves tons of trailers, previews, press releases, and so on, and maybe eventually a round or two of hands-on impressions before the game is finally released. That’s not been our approach, partly because we’re a small team, and partly because we don’t think it makes sense for the kinds of games we’ve made. Our feeling is that the less you know going into a game like Transistor, the more likely it is to surprise you. And we think experiencing genuine surprise is one of the rarest and most pleasurable sensations that games can provide.

Having said that, if you’ve played our first game Bastion — or even if you haven’t — then you may not be surprised to learn that finishing Transistor won’t necessarily signify the end of the time you’ll want to spend with it. Our philosophy on replayability comes down to this: Our foremost goal is creating a complete-feeling, well paced game that’s respectful of and rewarding of the time you put into it. That means we really want for players to experience a sense of satisfaction at getting to the end of the game. If most players get to the end of Transistor and stop there, we’d be very happy, as they will have completed the story. But then again, there’s more to it than that.

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As part of our goal, we wanted to build rich, deep-feeling game systems for Transistor, such that it’s impossible to experience the full breadth of the gameplay on a single play-through. This helps us ensure that first play-through will be as packed with as much interesting stuff as possible. At the same time, it creates a lot of opportunity to extend the game in ways we think are exciting. Enter what we call Recursion mode.

Recursion mode is unlocked after you finish Transistor’s story. You’ll then have the option to recurse through the experience, retaining your progression data — notably, your User Level and all the Transistor functions you’ve unlocked. This immediately opens up a lot of new gameplay as you’ll be discovering new function combinations all the way through your initial play-through of the game. You’ll also find some new surprises (that word again) in the content itself the second time around. Most notably, the composition of enemy forces you’ll encounter will be different — and it’ll be different just about every time you play. This means you can really sink your teeth into the core gameplay if, as we hope, you’ve taken a liking to it by the end of the game.

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The Process, the enemy forces you’ll be dealing with in Transistor, operate as a faction. The different varieties you’ll encounter have complementary roles. As we experimented with fighting against them in different combinations, and in different locations throughout the game, we found a ton of interesting variety. We hope you’ll enjoy it as we have. If you’re familiar with Bastion’s New Game Plus mode, we think Transistor’s Recursion mode pushes some of those ideas even further.

Transistor is foremost a single-player-focused game that we want to feel like a rather intimate and personal experience for players. However, we’re also very excited for the high level of play that’s possible in this game, and all the thousands of different function combinations and viable playstyles players can use to get through it. We can’t wait to see how it all translates with the PlayStation 4′s built-in content sharing and live streaming, and to see what folks have to say about what are all the best, most interesting function combinations. For sure we’ll be there on launch day, watching people’s reactions in real time. You know, it’s a very special time for games these days, that we can do a thing like that. Until next week!

Transistor on PS4

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Porcupeth00 15 May, 2014 @ 4:07 pm   1

I was going to play it more than once anyway :D most interesting game this month

Robanthegiant 15 May, 2014 @ 4:11 pm   2

Can’t wait! HYPE

 
JohnnySpectre 15 May, 2014 @ 4:15 pm   3

Bastion was one of my favourite games last generation, and definitely the only one that I played through three times for the sheer joy of it. Can’t wait for Transistor. One question: is Logan Cunningham back as narrator?

Archacus 15 May, 2014 @ 4:16 pm   4

+worldwide premiere (HUGE PLUS – we appreciate it!)
+Logan Cunningham with his amazing voice
+once again amazing art
+probably as good as Bastion was
+Darren Korb’s music
+once again Ashley Lynn Barrett voice

-only PS4 so far :( vita needs love too guys

? price… please remember that 1 EUR =/= 1$ please!

Thanks for all hard work!

     

    True on the price, but our prices in Europe already include the tax. US prices are always give pre tax because every state has different taxes.

Hazoptical 15 May, 2014 @ 4:23 pm   5

Looking forward to this, really liked their previous game Bastion

 
robbo1337 15 May, 2014 @ 4:37 pm   6

Must.buy.this

 
LieutenantFatman 15 May, 2014 @ 4:38 pm   7

Looking forward to this, looks like a lot of fun. And any game where the protagonist rides round on a kick ass motorcycle gets an extra thumbs up from me.

 
zalwelgoedgaan 15 May, 2014 @ 4:54 pm   8

“Why you’ll want to play Transistor on PS4 more than once”

Because you’ll feel bad for paying so much for a game that you’re trying to squeeze out as much as you can?

Europe is indeed a great region to hike your prices up, I wish you all the best!

 
PIREDERAS 15 May, 2014 @ 5:12 pm   9

Please bring Transistor to PS Vita! I think it would be great to play this game on my handheld!

 

This is one of the two indies I’m really looking forward to. I’m not sure about the other one, but this one I’d buy even if the reviews were bad. I just hope the EU price won’t be higher than on NA PSN.

 
JynXten 15 May, 2014 @ 5:25 pm   11

Yes.

 
ThugETH 15 May, 2014 @ 6:14 pm   12

Awesome can’t wait to actually use my PS4 regularly lol!
When can I preorder this on PSN for PS4?

 
johnnycide 15 May, 2014 @ 7:38 pm   13

I didn’t even want to play it once :\

 
iamdark1988 15 May, 2014 @ 8:03 pm   14

“You know the typical PR cycle for a big game involves tons of trailers, previews, press releases, and so on, and maybe eventually a round or two of hands-on impressions before the game is finally released. That’s not been our approach, partly because we’re a small team, and partly because we don’t think it makes sense for the kinds of games we’ve made. Our feeling is that the less you know going into a game like Transistor, the more likely it is to surprise you.” Amen! I wish Ubisoft/Watch_Dogs had this approach!!

Back to staying on topic, I might just have to play this game based on the before mentioned quote alone! ;)

 
hallben 15 May, 2014 @ 10:12 pm   15

Watch_Dogs and Transistor Pre-Orders!

Basically, where are they?

I would really like to be able to pre-order these on the UK PSN store but there is no sign even though they are both available on the US PSN store and are available on the same day in the UK.

Surely this would be an easy thing to implement.

I will post the same thing in every relevant story until we get an answer!

 
Phene90x 15 May, 2014 @ 11:19 pm   16

Been waiting for this game for months now, definite buy.

 
Fethennour 16 May, 2014 @ 10:42 pm   17

Here’s the launch trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT55lch6y_U

 
residentSteve 18 May, 2014 @ 7:31 am   18

I won’t be playing this at all.

 
Maulerr_NL 18 May, 2014 @ 8:17 am   19

You guys got me interested. I’ve already got enough games in my backlog, but this one will make the cut :-)