Astro Bot Originally Had Local Multiplayer

Astro Bot Rescue Mission is one of the must-have PlayStation VR games, with its fantastic platforming that uses clever verticality and perception tricks to immerse you in virtual reality. Recently, SIE Japan’s Asobi team spoke candidly about a handful of features that didn’t make the cut for the final game.

The biggest surprise is that Astro Bot once had 4-player local multiplayer. The team reflects that while they had a fun time testing it out, it wasn’t without setbacks. 

“Except when playing the game in VR, especially solo, things weren’t so fun: the levels built for multiplayer were too large and felt empty,” writes creative director Nicolas Doucet on the PlayStation Blog. “There wasn’t enough use of verticality or perspective, largely because the TV camera had to fit four players on screen at all times and therefore keep movement and amplitude at a minimum. Without noticing, we were slowly putting the priority on TV play at the expense of VR.”

Aside from multiplayer, Doucet also brings up that the team experimented with  animations where Astro Bot would dance to background music when you leave your game idling for a certain amount of time, and they also attempted to create a giant spider enemy that spewed fire.

You can read the entire post by heading to the PlayStation Blog here. For more on Astro Bot, read our glowing review here.

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Here’s what Drodo’s Auto Chess looks like on PC (for now)

The auto-battler wars are well underway on PC now, with Valve’s Dota Underlords and Riot’s Teamfight Tactics currently duking it out for supremacy. But the studio that kicked this trend off to begin with is getting ready to enter the fray. Drodo Studio, the team of Chinese developers who created the original Auto Chess mod for Dota 2, have released a playable alpha of Auto Chess, and you can play it now if you pre-registered. The game is available exclusively on the Epic Games Store, which in this case may have to do with the fact that Valve decided to make its own version of the game using Dota 2’s heroes, which Valve owns. Drodo, meanwhile, already has a standalone version available for mobile devices that it developed with Dragonest, and now it’s gearing up to launch a version for PC as well, with all new heroes, items, and lore. If, like me, you neglected to sign up for this one ahead of time, don’t worry. Youtuber MMOJackX57 has uploaded a video showing off some of the alpha PC gameplay, so you can get a sense of how it looks compared to Underlords and TFT.

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