The Game Bakers' upcoming release Furi will be arriving next week and Gamereactor spoke to writer and executive producer Audrey Leprince about the game.
"Furi is all about one on one boss fights", she said, with the focus being on those "intense duels" with enemies of a similar size rather than "giant monsters or hordes of minions". She also said the game had a lot of "crazy character design" from Afro Samurai's Takashi Okazaki and these boss fights will be continuous "until your character reaches the freedom again".
Leprince also said that Okazaki influenced the design of the game not only in regards to the characters but also "the world and how it should be". She described the game's development as a "very interactive process", in which there is "design first, the gameplay first, and then Takashi, and then me, and then finally we emerge with that great idea that puts everything together and had complete consistence and I hope it's going to be a great story for the player".
When asked to outline the world, Leprince said that "I can't really just outline it as you said because this is really part of the game experience. We want people to remember that game and I think for it to be memorable you have to understand what's going on yourself and discover it along the way, but basically you are this guy who's just been captured and tortured and you realise, with the help of a rabbit-masked character, that you have to get out of prison". This involves going "from one jail ward to another and fight those guys until you reach freedom and on the way you're going to kind of start to put together the reasons why you're here and why they really want you to be there and also the game's going to ask some questions about freedom and what would you die for".
Leprince also said that the direction she said when writing was to "never say too much" as "the player is going to write [their] own story and is going to put the pieces together and is going to interpret it in his way". The emphasis is then very much on the player - "I'm not going to tell [them] exactly everything". Gaps are intentionally left so the player can "bring [their] own vision into it".
The first two bosses were shown at E3 but the game is now finished and will be released next week on PS4 and PC. It will be available one of PlayStation Plus' free games for the PS4 next week, alongside Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell.
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