Hands-On With Rochard, The Gravity Bending Platform Puzzler Coming Exclusively To PSN

Just next door to the gargantuan PlayStation booth here at E3 is the SOE stand and, during a break from filming our live interviews, I popped over to take a look at an interesting little platformer called Rochard, coming exclusively to PlayStation Store this summer.

I sat down with the game’s producer for a guided playthrough and, while I figured out the buttons and got my brain around the gravity manipulation gameplay, he explained the general premise.

“You play John Rochard an astro-miner at a company called Sky Rig – we’re calling him an everyday hero,” he explained. “The entire company has been down on its luck in terms of finding anything but they stumble upon an alien artefact and, after reporting it to HQ, they find themselves surrounded by space pirates trying to get their hands on it. John is trying to protect his friends and find out what this artefact is in the process.”

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Rochard is a 2D platformer with 3D graphics, kind of like Capcom‘s recent Bionic Commando Rearmed, but with a more cartoon-like art style.

The gameplay emphasis is less on combat and more on puzzles. You don’t even have a traditional gun at the beginning of the demo; instead you have a kind of plasma grappling line that you can use to grab inanimate objects such as crates and electrical fuses. You aim using the red stick and fire using the R2 button, and when you have an object in your grasp you can fire it with another squeeze of the R2 button, whether it’s to knock an enemy out or create a platform to give you that extra height to make a jump.

At any point you can press the L1 button to turn gravity down a few notches. Not only does this turn your standard jumps into Neil Armstrong style bounds, it affects the trajectory at which fire any objects you have grabbed.

This forms the basis of the puzzles I got to play through, which were mostly physics based and involve strategically firing crates to weigh down platforms and get over to the other side of the stage and progress. Extra complexity comes later on in the demo with the introduction of forcefields. John Rochard can pass through blue forcefields but inanimate objects can’t, and vice versa for red forcefields.

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At the end of the demo I unlocked a gun attachment that paved the way for some more action-focused shooting sections.

Rochard is an intelligent little puzzle game that combines an appealing art style with an original toolbox of game mechanics to bring something truly original to PS3. It will be available to download from PlayStation Store later this summer and the demo that I played will also be available ahead of the full game’s release.

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Any chance of the escalation map pack for black ops mid-night uk time we’ve had to wait an extra week aswell as the extra month to xbox!

James Gallagher 09 June, 2011 @ 15:28
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A lot of people commenting wildly off-topic lately. Please, this isn’t facebook.

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Completely forgot about this game :D Looking good :D

kingcrowbaruk 09 June, 2011 @ 15:21
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Any chance of Modnation Racers (PS3), we’ve had to wait an extra 7 weeks as-well as the extra 2 months to the US store!

Or you know maybe some replies to the Heads Up posts?

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init just a reply of what time at least serious gamers out there yano lol

MR_FREDDY50 09 June, 2011 @ 15:30
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Hey James! What time do you release CallofDuty Black Ops’s DLC map pack Escalation tomorrow (10juni??

And can i put money to my wallet here on playstation site? and how?

Guys, James is at E3, hes not going to sit at a laptop the whole time replying to comments. (Although he still sits on the PS3 watching PlayTV xD)

Back on topic, this game actually looks quite cool.

James, people are commenting wildly off topic because nobody is answering when they comment in the correct place. I asked something in the plus thread that wasn’t answered and may post elsewhere if it isn’t.

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hows it off topic ive asked on 3 diffrent posts nicely, and it is playstaion that where paying you just dont have a clue.. like most of playstation

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looks great, any release date info James?

James Gallagher 09 June, 2011 @ 17:05
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Just ‘this summer’. Nothing specific but that doesn’t sound too far away to me.

Looks like my kinda game, i love a good side scroller. Look forward to playing it.

Carnivius_Prime 09 June, 2011 @ 15:53
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Looks like an entertaining game.

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@8 You need to chill out dude, it is off topic, does this look like a Call of Duty post to you? No, exactly, its off topic.

Apart from that its probably going to be extremely overpriced as Activision are just money grabbers.

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@12 I don’t care about how much it is,, money aint a problem i just wanna no when on the 10th its coming dusnt take 2 secs to put 4pm and i bet no1 here buys this game above..

James Gallagher 09 June, 2011 @ 17:17
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I’m not sure what time it will be published as I don’t work on the Store publishes but let me see if I can get hold of Ross.

CnGmutil8tors 09 June, 2011 @ 16:05
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@ James
Your right its not facebook… Though at least on facebook you are more likely to get a reply. You are right the kid was off topic, but would it have killed you to answer him? I mean after all he is obviously looking to make a purchase. He is a customer who has had to wait patiently like the rest of us and its not like he is spamming the blog like many others. Its not as easy as you may think to find a blog post on here with regards to escalation as there has been many blog posts made every day. So if anything how about pointing your customers to the right post. Customer satisfaction should be top priority, and tbh i dont think that person is very satisfied.

@13. I was simply saying why the other person probably posted in here, because the response to questions is not good enough.

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thanks CnG you got it in one

Hmmm, orton131 it appears you may not have been referring to my post before lol, it’s #8 on my screen but says awaiting moderation for some reason :s.

CnGmutil8tors 09 June, 2011 @ 16:16
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@aaron0054

here is the link… fingers crossed maybe you can get an answer there. just don’t bank on it as it was posted june 3

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/06/03/call-of-duty-black-ops-escalation-dlc-comes-to-ps3-june-10/

CnGmutil8tors 09 June, 2011 @ 16:16
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no problem

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I have a question anout the welcome back offer
I got the free 30days PS+ and am wondering if there is a way of extending the subscription without loosing my games

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What an arrogant reply james. like someone else as stated would it have killed you to give the guy an answer.
I thought sony might have tried a bit harder to keep customers happy after giving all our details away and leaving us without psn for 6 weeks but i suppose until they get rid of the usual suspects working for them not much is going to change.

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Game looks pretty interesting. I always enjoy a good sidescrolling adventure.

And CoD gets talked about enough, this is a game called Rochard and has nothing to do with CoD.

Ooo, Looks like a cross between Crash Commando and Trine. 2 games I personally enjoy a lot. Will look at picking this one up.

FatMachismo 09 June, 2011 @ 17:03
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Sony didn’t give our details away so don’t be a moron. Also they “Left us without PSN” so that it could be rebuilt to be more secure so they couldn’t “Give away” your personal details again.

Wasn’t an arrogant reply either, he was simply stating a fact. This post has zero to do with COD…which is quite nice.

I, as a customer am pretty satisfied with the games I got for free…with the extra time of PS+ I got for free and that PSN is finally back up and running. I’m also quite satisfied that Sony have something like the playstation blog where you can at least let yourself be heard. Even if James or Ross or Nick or anyone from the blog team don’t respond to the exact same question five hundred plus times. I’m also satisfied that this game is coming out soon :D It looks awesome and right up my alley. I like the art style, reminds me of TF2.

Hopefully it’s out for july in time for my holiday and birthday! Looks like something I could get right into. Man, the exclusives line-up just keeps ...

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Sony didn’t give our details away so don’t be a moron. Also they “Left us without PSN” so that it could be rebuilt to be more secure so they couldn’t “Give away” your personal details again.

Wasn’t an arrogant reply either, he was simply stating a fact. This post has zero to do with COD…which is quite nice.

I, as a customer am pretty satisfied with the games I got for free…with the extra time of PS+ I got for free and that PSN is finally back up and running. I’m also quite satisfied that Sony have something like the playstation blog where you can at least let yourself be heard. Even if James or Ross or Nick or anyone from the blog team don’t respond to the exact same question five hundred plus times. I’m also satisfied that this game is coming out soon :D It looks awesome and right up my alley. I like the art style, reminds me of TF2.

Hopefully it’s out for july in time for my holiday and birthday! Looks like something I could get right into. Man, the exclusives line-up just keeps getting better!!!

FatMachismo 09 June, 2011 @ 17:05
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@20…

If you extend your sub by 3 months or a year you shouldn’t lose Burnout or anything. It should just continue as it is until it runs out.

You just buy extra time on the subscription as far as I’m aware.

Carnivius_Prime 09 June, 2011 @ 17:07
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@13 Dunno about that. The game above looks a hell of a lot more interesting than yet more Call of Duty tedium.

First time seeing this game and doesn’t really look like my style.

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oftopic : sony litel problem .

wkc2 online store job parts ????
not working . + no tickets like japan .
eror obtaining product information ( job parts )

online store wkc ????? not jet ready

not abel 2 buy job parts

also no tikets 4 hair stile ???

k1ll1ng5pr33-NL 09 June, 2011 @ 18:49
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Doesn’t look bad :) Might pick it up.
Will the EU release be in the same week as the US?

This Looks so fun :) I love it!!!!! Sure i buy it. I like games with this gameplay :)

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looks like alot of fun, any ideas about its price?

shaun5557777 10 June, 2011 @ 17:43
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Even though this game looks good i dont think ill be getting as ive got to get a new ps3 as the old one keeps flashing yellow

connorblue14 10 June, 2011 @ 22:11
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got any date of when this games out i mean when in summer and how much will it be

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Excellent point!

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Another Excellent point!

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