Media Molecule took the stage during Sony's Gamescom press conference earlier this afternoon and announced that they will be bringing Tearaway to the PlayStation 4. Released in November of last year, this title impressed fans and critics alike with its papercraft-inspired visuals and use of the PS Vita's unique features.
The PS4 version, titled Tearaway Unfolded, has been reworked in order to be more console friendly. As such, touchscreen functionality has been replaced by the DualShock 4's touchpad, which can be used for a variety of actions. One example mentioned in the company's blog post is the ability to unleash gusts of wind that can unfold bridges or blow enemies off of cliffs, all with a simple swipe. The wind will also be able to lift Atoi into the sky atop a paper plane, allowing the player to explore the world from above.
The game will also make use of the controller's light bar, and in a way that we haven't seen yet. Shining the light into the television will illuminate dark areas, helping Atoi to more easily navigate her surroundings. There will also be times where Atoi will throw objects out of the television (an effect that Media Molecule showed off with a cute gif), and into the controller. Players will then be able to listen to it rattling around through the built-in speakers before “throwing” it back into the game world. We're not sure what this will add to the gameplay, but it's a nifty concept nonetheless.
These innovative new features demonstrate Media Molecule's signature creativity and care for their games. We look forward to seeing how Tearaway Unfolded plays on the big screen when it launches at a later date. It should also be said that this news may be a bit disheartening for some Vita owners, as Tearaway had previously stood as one of the handheld's must-have exclusives. For more information on Tearaway, check out our review from its Vita release.