Introducing Dyad For PSN

I am very excited to be introducing ][ Game’s first PlayStation Network game: Dyad.

Dyad is an abstract racing game that has influences in many genres including racing games, fighting games, puzzle games and classic arcade shooters.

Dyad does away with the traditional racing game mechanics of break and accelerate and replaces them with puzzle-like mechanics. You must interact with your enemies in unique and varying ways in order to gain speed.

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I’ve always loved the visceral feel racing games provided, especially the WipeOut series, and I wanted to translate that feeling into a puzzle game. In most racing games, each track has an ideal ‘racing line’ which players must memorize and translate into muscle memory in order to be successful – I remember months of repeating tracks in WipeOut XL for the PSX! With Dyad I replaced the mental process of memorizing a racing line with various combo mechanics. Dyad begins with very basic comboing rules centred around the polarity of enemies, and continuously adds new mechanics throughout the course of the game. You race quickly in Dyad by making smart decisions, not by memorizing static tracks.

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While discussing the contrasting differences in the mechanics in Dyad versus traditional racing games, we found a very strong correlation between the mental process of playing and learning Dyad to meditation. Dyad subtly plays off the meditation theme in order to aid you, and maybe get you thinking about new and different things you wouldn’t expect from a game. Without giving away too much, you’re also on a quest in Dyad… similar to the quest a particle might take in the Large Hadron Collider.

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I really wanted Dyad to be something anyone could enjoy; by “anyone” I mean literally “anyone,” not “anyone” in the context of casual games. Dyad is a very deep hardcore racing/puzzle game, but it’s designed to be enjoyed at many levels. The audio and visuals were designed to be appealing both actively and passively. I’ve shown Dyad at several public gaming and non-gaming events and people will stand around watching and listening without any idea what they’re seeing. New players and casual players get a lot out of the unique, intuitive mechanics, and hardcore players can really dive in to maximize their performance.

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We’ve been hard at work on Dyad for the past 3 years and I’m very happy with it, and it will only get better as it gets closer to completion. Dyad runs at 60fps at 1080p on the PlayStation 3. Thanks for checking it out! I’ll post again on the PlayStation blog when we’re ready to release.

5 Author replies

FIRST! This is really painfull on the eyes. I could not play this game it think. But interesting game none the less.

Two new game announced on the same day. Hmm.

ALI-ALI-1991 20 June, 2011 @ 16:11

i don’t know what to say. i’ll think about it.

DARREN200COOK 20 June, 2011 @ 16:21

Looking sweet! ;)

Shawn, I would have thought you’d modify your post to say Wipeout 2097 on the EU blog lol.

Shawn McGrath 20 June, 2011 @ 20:35

Doh! You caught my naming ignorance =)


this is what i like to see “New Game News” & Not a drip-fed recycle old news tripe like in E3 you announce new games at gamescom sony you got it made in the bag.

& 2 new news in 1 day i concur. :)



Looks amazing… i have a feeling i will be mesmerized into a trance for hours and hours playing this!

Shawn McGrath 20 June, 2011 @ 20:40

Thanks! Hopefully you will be; that’s a big goal of the game.


Amy was annouced awhile back and is on XBLA summer of arcade games.

As for this kinda remind me of Rez which is a good thing. is this likely to have PS move support?

Looks pretty cool but do you what would be even better? Release it on the PSV too!!!


Day 1, no questions asked.
Thank you for making such a interesting game, i love music, emotional, puzzle games.

Shawn McGrath 20 June, 2011 @ 20:37

Thanks so much for the support… and you’re welcome ;) I’ll do my best to make sure it lives up to your expectations.

Needs more llamas :)

sephiroth180 20 June, 2011 @ 16:48

Interesting, but please put out a demo whenever it’s possible.


Looks like REZ, I love REZ so bring on DYAD!

Splutterbug 20 June, 2011 @ 16:57

First thing that springs to mind is REZ and that’s a very good thing. Looking forward to it

Omegabug2003 20 June, 2011 @ 18:00

This reminds me of something that was developed with the Net Yaroze many moons ago.

Similar tube like gameplay.

Shawn McGrath 20 June, 2011 @ 20:36

Do you have any idea what it’s called? I’d love to check it out.

k1ll1ng5pr33-NL 20 June, 2011 @ 18:04

This is some trippy stuff o.o


What’s the studio name again? Interested in the game.


This looks AMAZING! I love “music” games and electronic music.
Looking forward to it :D


Loving the art style Shawn, please make us a PS3 music visualisation.

The music is horrible, my ears are bleeding!


Looks mesmerising. Best of luck with the game, hope it’s a success.


wow..!! if around 8 bucks and you will see ALOT people getting it. i am hyped for this

Cool stuff;)
+ I wish someone would make a updated version of ‘MUSIC 2000’ which was a PS1 music maker. I would buy that DAY 1! :P

Reminds me of Torus Trooper

obiadekanobi1980 21 June, 2011 @ 09:53


@obiadekanobi Hi Adrian, we are looking into having more of a support element to the Blog, as you say a lot of people do pose questions….

at least the forum mods are paying attention to our complaints about the blog staff just not doing there job its all good filling the blog with new game info but not replying to 1 single comment or answering anyones questions when there asking about things that they have posted its wrong and just plain igronant.


Looks interesting. Also reminds me a bit of Tempest 2000, which I love a lot! :D


The game your thinking about was called ”Tunnel” I spent many hours tranced out playing this game

Shawn McGrath 21 June, 2011 @ 17:42

Thanks! That’s so cool, I really wanted a Net Yaroze when I was younger.

Audiosurf waves you.

Omegabug2003 21 June, 2011 @ 15:34

@Shawn/28 yes That was the game :)

I wonder if I still have that disc lol

Connor_mufc_1985 21 June, 2011 @ 16:57

This question is so off topic i feel retarded…… But i need to ask it ….. ok i am not made of money and iv never been into p.c gaming infact iv never even owed a p.c not even for 1 day …….. i dont want a p.c because meh their expensive whatever ….. I do however appreciate a web browser BUT the web browser i have is the 1 on my ps3 which is absolute garbage its slow , some videos just refuse to play my ps3 freezes A LOT when im browsing the net ….. here’s my question will their ever be an update i mean come on i dont even know how sony have the nerve to advertise it as a key feature iv been told ps3’s web browser is ie6 and the highest version is ie9 so will we ever have ie7, ie8 or ie9? ie = internet explorer btw


@31 Internet Explorer (or ie ) is a microsoft product. So no, you’ll never see that on the ps3. the browser on the ps3 is a Sony made one. Yeah, its not great and really needs an update. It would be great to see a port of Googles Chrome browser (which if you are usign a PC or Mac I strongly recommend) or Firefox. This however isn’t likely.

on topic. This game looks awesome. TAKE MY MONEY DAMNIT

Connor_mufc_1985 21 June, 2011 @ 18:02

@ 32 thanks 4 clearing that up as im a bit of a tech noob


Hopefully the soundtrack will be released shortly after this.
Ohh… and an answer to my previous comment would be good, also.

x0x-shot-x0x 21 June, 2011 @ 21:46

I’ll think about this one…

SolidRaiden1976 28 June, 2011 @ 09:49


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