Best known for their work on Hyper Light Drifter, developer Heart Machine have given fans another glimpse at their upcoming game Solar Ash at the recent Sony State of Play. Solar Ash is a third-person platformer where the player is in the role of Rei, a Voidrunner seeking to save her planet from a black hole.
PlayStation Blog has an interview up with the Creative Director, Alx Preston, explaining more:
“Solar Ash is a third-person action platformer with massive scale and a focus on fluidity in movement. We really wanted to push scale on multiple fronts. Our traversable world is huge, featuring sunken cities, vast water shelves, and dangerous lava zones for players to fight through and explore.
You’ll play as Rei, a Voidrunner looking to save her home world from the Ultravoid itself – a massive black hole that swallows entire worlds.
Fortunately, Rei is well equipped for this task with incredible speed, agility, and other tools to help on her mission. She covers vast distances surfing across the ashen clouds with ease. She seamlessly grapples across gaps and up huge vertical spaces. She gracefully grinds on rails littered throughout the world to reach greater heights and secret enclaves.
Combat is fluid, simple, and satisfying. We want to empower the player, showcasing just how skilled Rei is at what she does. As you progress, you’ll encounter larger and more twisted creatures, hinting at the more insidious nature of this maw of the cosmos. These encounters will only escalate in challenge and scale the deeper you explore, requiring greater timing and fine platforming skills to complete.”
Solar Ash will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and the Epic Game Store later this year