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Innovative Physics Platformer Heavenly Bodies Has You Looking After A Space Station On PS5, PS4

Innovative physics title Heavenly Bodies has been announced for PS5 and PS4 and looks set to provide gamers with quite the unusual odyssey when it releases sometime in 2021. The game was announced as part of Sony’s new PlayStation Indies Initiative, headed up by Shuhei Yoshida, former president of SIE Worldwide Studios.

Developed by 2pt Interactive, Heavenly Bodies has you attempting to look after an increasingly worn and broken down space station. The kicker though, is that you’re attempting to care for this massive metal monstrosity in the vacuum of space, meaning that you need to contend with the fact that your motion is completely weightless.

Luckily, the buttons on the DualShock and DualSense controllers respectively correspond to your limbs and through careful manipulation, you can start to maneuver yourself around the space station. As such physics, motion and weight all matter in the game – meaning that if you find yourself uncoupled from your secure fastening to the space station during your repair duties, you could quite easily find yourself floating off into the deep dark of the cosmos.

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Beyond the funky controls and physics based mayhem, Heavenly Bodies also lets players play together in co-op, while the game also makes the most of the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller too, simulating the density, texture and vibration of everything that you can come up with.

While Heavenly Bodies 2021 release on PS4 and PS5 is a ways off, you can catch the full blog post on the game and trailer below:

First and foremost – the news: Heavenly Bodies is coming to PS5 and PS4! Awww yes.

Seriously though, there are few words that can describe just how excited we are to bring our game to the console we adore. It would have been a dream to bring Heavenly Bodies to PS4 alone, but having the chance to use the incredible new features on the PS5 is mind-blowing, so we’re working extremely hard to make it something really special.

So, there are probably plenty of you wondering, what is the game, anyway? Well, in Heavenly Bodies, you’re a brave cosmonaut, and it’s your sole duty to maintain Earth’s latest and proudest feat of space engineering.

How? With your bare hands, of course. You will use the left and right triggers and analog joysticks to move the left and right arms, respectively:

Oh, and you also have legs, which you can kick with R1 and L1:

Sounds simple? In theory, yes. In practise, no. You see, as humans, we’ve grown quite attached to gravity, so if you want to perform your duties like the heroes you’ve seen on TV, you’re going to have to take some lessons in weightless motion.

Physics, weight and motion in Heavenly Bodies

In Heavenly Bodies, we’ve designed everything that we can to be physically simulated. Ropes, buttons, machines, and your very own body react to forces in a way that, without gravity, will challenge you to rethink the way you approach seemingly trivial tasks. For starters, let’s take a look at how you’d get around:

Using your vice-like grip and toned arms, you’ll have to push and pull off surfaces to keep yourself moving. This is Newton’s Third Law in action! As you push your hand into the wall, the wall pushes back, thus transferring the force into your body.

Now, take for example, the humble lever:

Without a wall to brace on, you have no way of moving that thing!

Really though, virtually everything is physically simulated. Even the air:

So hold on to whatever you can.

We’ve worked hard to push our weightless bodily motion controls as far as they can go. To even our surprise, though, is just how much challenging, fresh gameplay such a simple concept has given us. Over your time in space, you’ll be using your body to do all sorts of things, from rewiring systems and prying doors:

To assembling space telescopes with robotic claws:

All, of course, using the power of your weightless body and mind.

Feeling your surroundings with the DualSense for PS5

At its heart, Heavenly Bodies is a game about tactility, physicality and motion. In this way, it’s important to us that your cosmonaut body and your environmental surroundings feel as well as they move. With the shiny new features coming in PS5’s DualSense controller, we’re exploring all sorts of ways you’ll be able to experience the weight, texture, density, energy and vibration of every tool, device and surface you come into contact with.

For example, with adaptive triggers you can feel:

Objects slip from your grip, such as ropes, or your partner’s desperate fingertips
The density of the object you’re gripping. For example, metal scaffolding will feel cold and hard, whilst a space-suit will feel soft and squishy
And with haptic feedback you’ll learn to understand that, in space, your sense of touch means everything, as you…

Feel the ship rattle through your bones as it passes through coarse space debris
Feel a lever snap from its base as you try to close the pod bay doors
Feel the dreadful loss of all sensation as your body is swept into the endless void

Play with a friend in co-op on PS5 and PS4

For those that were paying careful attention, yes, you can play with a partner via local co-op! Call on a friend and discover the new, creative and elaborate ways to finish the task at hand. Cooperation might not always be frictionless though, so pick your crew well.

Source: Official PlayStation Blog