Team 17 and Creative Director Adrian Lazar have announced Planet Alpha is coming to PS4 in 2018. Planet Alpha is a side-scrolling adventure that takes place in a living alien world, where you have the ability to control daytime and night. It combines fast platforming, challenging puzzles, and stealth moments with an rather delicious art style.
You can view the announcement trailer for the game below.
Lazar speaks at length about his team’s vision for the game on the PlayStation Blog,
We implemented a day and night cycle that we keep evolving even today, which goes way beyond the visuals, affecting every part of the gameplay. What’s more, the player has the ability to change the time of day at will, using the transformation that the planet undergoes to their advantage.
For example, deep in the dense alien jungle light barely reaches the soil, so during the day some species of mushrooms extend toward the canopy to escape the shade. If you’re observant, you can use them as platforms to reach higher places or as covers to sneak past enemies.
High above the mountains, a different kind of transformation is taking place.
During the day, small floating islands warm up in the sun. This releases steam, which makes them move through the sky. You can use them to traverse this unstable environment, but be warned: some of them have sharp edges that can cut deep.
On an unexplored alien planet where you don’t know what’s harmful and what’s not, you will be tempted to move forward constantly. But I would encourage you to take a break once in a while and admire the scenery. Who knows, if you like exploring you might be rewarded with more than just a nice view.
However, this is a world in distress, threatened by an unstoppable force. Will you prove to be the foretold savior, or will you fail like many did before?
It looks rather lovely, and the concept sounds intriguing. Hopefully we’ll see a bit more about it in the coming months.