Media Molecule, the studio behind LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway, is working on Dreams, a hard-to-explain and surreal title set to launch exclusively on the PlayStation 4 in 2016. At Paris Games Week, Sony showcased some gameplay footage and shared more details about the game.
In Dreams, players will create a small floating creature called an Imp, which Alex Evans, technical director of Media Molecule, refers to as a "glorified cursor." This tiny fellow will let users interact with surrounding objects, such as moving them around, opening doors and communicating with other characters. On top of that, it can also possess inanimate objects, including vehicles and even other characters. The Imp is also customizable, where players can draw its features using the built-in touch pad on PlayStation 4 controllers.
On the creation side of things, people can make their own "dreams" in the game, which can be fully personalized. Players can also borrow other concoctions that other players made to use in their dreams, and they can search for them using terms such as "door with a secret lock." To go from one level to another, a dream should have an object with a sort of portal called links, and that includes wells or windows. It's not all random, though, as players can search for dreams using tags, such as "jungle."
The stages in Dreams offer wildly different experiences, ranging from platform to puzzle. At this point, the possibilities seem almost endless. This also seems to be the perfect game for creative players to express themselves.
"It's also a space in which to create your own dreams, whether they're games, art, films, music or anything in-between and beyond," Media Molecule says on the website of Dreams.
Dreams is still in the alpha phase, and the beta version is expected to roll out sometime in 2016. It's also believed that the developers won't leave us hanging, as they will give out news and updates before the beta release.
Check out the footage below to see Dreams in action, featuring Evans and Mark Healey, creative director of Media Molecule.