Our final PlayStation game announcement of the month (following Stealth Inc. Ultimate Edition, MouseCraft, Titan Invasion) is something I’ve wanted to talk about for a really long time. I’m now very happy to be able to tell you about our plans to bring the critically acclaimed puzzle-platformer, The Swapper, to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this year as a Cross-Buy title.
The Swapper was released in 2013 on PC, and has had some amazing press coverage, with excellent reviews from sites like IGN and Polygon, as well as winning numerous awards in the indie gaming scene for its story, graphics and puzzle design. We’re very lucky to be working with original developer Olli Harjola to bring the game to PlayStation formats, and the game is already looking beautiful on our PlayStation systems here at Curve towers, so we think you’re in for a real treat.
The Swapper is set on Theseus, a damaged space station and research facility. It’s a claustrophobic, dark and atmospheric environment but it’s also very unique in style – there’s no blocky pixel art and digital textures in this game, but instead handcrafted art and clay models designed by the original developers. These ‘real world’ props make up the many different environments in the game and provide The Swapper with an art style that feels realistic and is dripping with tons of detail. This is a game where the environment tells a story every bit as much as the dialogue in the game, so we’ve been working very hard at Curve to make sure each version we make for the PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita looks and sounds perfect.
As for the game itself, it’s your job to search for a way off Theseus station, a (mostly) abandoned, self-sustaining outpost in deep space. I won’t spoil the plot here, but The Swapper has some themes and stories every bit as dark as the games environment and very satisfying to play through. To aid your navigation in the station, you’re able to create up to four clones of yourself and can switch between them at will in order to solve a huge variety of clever puzzles.
We’ll be talking about the game in a bit more depth over the next few months, but we should be releasing The Swapper on all three PlayStation systems in late May this year, so if you’re into puzzle games, science-fiction or just want to try something really unique, keep an eye out for this one!
As always, I’m more than happy to answer any questions in the comments below!