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Forma.8 tells a quiet story of a lonely probe

MixedBag's Marco Mazzaglia talked with us at Gamescom about the game.

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Gamereactor got the chance to see a lot of new games at Gamescom 2016 but one that caught our eye was Forma.8. We talked with MixedBag's Marco Mazzaglia about the game.

"This game Forma.8 is a Metroidvania for multiplatform consoles and devices" he said. "The games tells the story of a probe for Forma.8 that wakes up suddenly after an accident and the player needs to discover the story and the motivation why the probe is on this planet. The game is very good because one of the main features is to try and tell the story without words so it's a sort of story that tells about the game design technique". He also said that it took inspiration from the games the developers used to play, like Metroid.

He continued "the main feature is that at the end the player needs to discover all of the treasures after having got all the powerups and during the story, during the game, the probe will discover usual areas and hidden areas and [you] need to beat a lot of bosses, a lot of different enemies, using the weapons and the powerups you've discovered". These powerups will range from simple flashes and shields to more advanced ones like bombs that can be combined with others. "We tried to leave the freedom to the player to defeat the enemies using the different powerups, the combination of powerups".

The visual style was also something we discussed. "The look is the character of the game, is one of the ways to communicate to the player the atmosphere of the game. The style has been made in this way to communicate the loneliness of the planet and the mystery that involves the full planet and the full story".

He also went on to mention that "the attention to detail is needed to create the atmosphere so as I can say, if you play Life is Strange, Life is Strange get's your attention because you can see in the world the animals that run or the people that talk together. In a planet the attention to detail communicates the uniqueness of the planet and the mystery".

Forma.8 will launch on a select number of platforms later this year but all platforms should be covered in the months after that first release, including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, PS Vita and Wii U.

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