In an incredibly surprising reveal this afternoon, Supergiant Games finally popped the lid on their latest project, named Transistor, following the success of action-adventure gem Bastion. Not content with just debuting some facts about the projected-2014 title with an obligatory teaser, Supergiant Games went on to say the game will be playable at this weekend’s Penny Arcade Expo East. Straight from the official blog post, here is the teaser they debuted:
Here’s the description the team offered as well:
“In Transistor, players assume the role of a young woman who gains control of a powerful weapon after a mysterious group of assailants nearly kills her with it. Now she must fight from street to street against forces that will stop at nothing to recover the weapon. During the course of the adventure, players will piece together the Transistor’s mysteries as they pursue its former owner.”
For those who didn’t play Bastion, the game‘s art and music were absolutely stunning; a trend that quite obviously seems will be carried over into Transistor. Speaking of the arcade hit, Bastion is currently the feature of this week’s Humble Bundle. If you’d like, the game can be purchased for as little as $1 for Linux/Mac/Windows with an optional steam key. Higher price tiers will net you goodies like a digital copy of the aforementioned gorgeous soundtrack, an art pack, and more.
Considering recent comments made by Dontnod’s Creative Director Jean-Max Morris in regards to publishers refusing to support games featuring female protagonists, I’m glad the indie scene is once again willing to prove that creativity and quality trump baseless sexism. I look forward to assuming the role of, or otherwise tagging alongside, Transistor’s female protagonist and embarking on an exciting journey. Supergiant Games has clearly displayed their abilities to put together a solid action-adventure title with a lot of heart and narrative to support it, so Transistor should definitely be on your radar when it debuts some time in 2014. I’m especially curious, being that the game is more than a year out, what types of features it will utilize to optimize its assumed next-generation release. While I imagine Transistor will be available for current-gen platforms as well, I wonder if social integration or gesture controls will play a larger role in the next-gen version.
For those of you who’ll be attending PAX East, you’ll get to try the game first hand, as it will be playable out on the show floor. For those who can’t make it this year, I’ll absolutely be talking to the team and getting my hands on the game, so be sure to check back here next week for my previews of this, as well as a number of other titles that will be on display at the convention.
Are you looking forward to hearing more about Transistor? What types of questions would you like me to ask the team at PAX East, in regards to the game’s development? Let me know in the comments below. In the meantime, enjoy these still shots of the game’s trailer: