Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter was met with massive success, and succeeding it will be a game titled Solar Ash. Hyper Light Drifter was praised for how personal the story was, and the way the game told that story. Alex Preston, the head of Heart Machine ensures that Solar Ash will be no different, just with a greater evolution into themes of hope as well.
“Our first game, Hyper Light Drifter, is a very personal story. I began work on the game during a brutal low period, stemming from a lifetime of health problems. The game reflected these personal struggles, and development on the title helped to focus on a creative outlet that could sustain and help to build something bigger than the demons that would always be clawing.
Our second title, Solar Ash, has been about reflection and progress in many ways. Our ambitions are bigger and the team has grown to match. The story still remains personal, but evolves to be something beyond just the weight of the struggle into something more hopeful.”
Solar Ash, unlike Hyper Light Drifter will not be a 2D pixelated game. Solar Ash will feature beautiful 3D models and a combination of smooth and cel-shading, much like Breath of the Wild.
“In Solar Ash, the player journeys through the Ultravoid, a ravenous rift in space swallowing worlds. It’s a place of incredible danger and surreal spaces – a dream none can escape. Familiar though alien, lush but grotesque, peaceful at times and supremely violent in others. Our characters must find solace in each other to make it through the spiral of despair they find themselves trapped in.
Players will blast through high-speed traversal challenges with wild gravity and beautiful vistas, while slaying massive monsters and meeting other lost souls. Beware the remnants that loom and bristle with hunger.”
Fans can expect the game to be released soon as a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Preston explains that the new console’s updated SSD will be perfect for the game. Expect more information soon regarding the specific details of the game.