Hello there! My name is Javier Gerona and I’m one of the developers of Inverge Studios, a small indie game studio from Spain. Today I come to PlayStation Blog to announce our latest videogame Effie, a 3D action-adventure platformer game with the classic elements from the genre, launches on PS4 on 4th June.
In Effie, you play as Galand, a young man that has been cursed with premature old age by a wicked witch and has to recover his youth. But he won’t be travelling alone. He’ll have the help of a powerful magic shield, which will be his weapon, tool and even his means of transport!
We all have fond memories of those classic 3D platformer PlayStation games. However, before starting the development, we realised that games of this kind were practically no longer being developed. Most of the titles we found on the market looked old, and the ones with good graphics, we loved them! So from the beginning we had a clear goal: we wanted to make a classic PlayStation videogame, with modernised graphics and telling a new story.
And this new story is, as it could not be otherwise, a fantasy tale. The adventure takes place in the Red Plains of Oblena, a far land recognised for its distinctive red vegetation. In this vast world you’ll be able to visit great emplacements, such as a windmills city, ancient temples or even a city dedicated to grape juice production with huge barrel buildings! As you can see, these aren’t things you see every day…
A curious thing about Effie is that although it’s a 3D platformer game, it’s not 100% linear. Once you arrive in the open world, you’ll be able to visit freely any of the settlements. However, when you enter any of them, the gameplay will become linear. That has brought with it some design headaches, but it’s your adventure, and we wanted you to decide what your next stop will be.
Besides, in this story, this fantasy world has been invaded by ghouls. Some of them are small and funny, but others… you won’t even want to come near them! And yes, all of them can attack you. So, in your quest to recover your youth exploring these lands, you will be accompanied by a magic shield. But don’t think that just because you own a magic shield, everything is going to be easier.
During the adventure, you’ll be able to strengthen your shield and make it gain new skills. This way, you’ll end up being able to do light and heavy attack combos, charged attacks, dashes, propel you to achieve a double jump… You’ll see that it is capable of many things! However, if there’s one skill that’s extremely fun, that is surfing with the shield.
One of the drawbacks of making a big world, is that you have to find a way to move fast. And we thought it would be cool to be able to surf on a hover shield, wouldn’t it? And now I can tell you that it’s a lot of fun! The control of the character and the speed feeling when passing through a turbo are very polished, and it’s so satisfying, that you can play for long doing nothing more than surfing the extensive red grassland.
But I’m not going to tell you everything about the game already, I prefer you to discover and enjoy it yourself. If you have any questions about Effie, you can write us in the comments or via Twitter to @effiegame, we will be happy to answer you.
Get ready adventurers! Effie, a new 3D platformer adventure arrives on PlayStation Store on 4th June 2019.