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6 months ago

Feature: "I consider it a brilliant waste of time"

Premature Evaluation: Worlds Adrift

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s learning to be a shipwright in airborne MMO, Worlds Adrift. Brendy looked at the 'pre-early access' version last year and had a good time with its always-there grappling hook and quick ship design, but fell foul of a few rough edges. As Bossa's DIY skyboats affair has…

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Sky-sailing MMO Worlds Adrift sets course for Steam

It's hard not to have a game like Worlds Adrift set the imagination alight. Bossa Studios' foray into the world of massively multiplayer gaming stands out from the crowd with its user-built world of floating islands, delightfully swooshy grappling-hook physics and its entirely player-crafted sky-ships. Previously in closed beta, the game has moved to Steam's early access section and opened its doors to everyone with…

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7 months ago

Worlds Adrift swings to Steam Early Access in May

After a year of swinging around in paid beta, Worlds Adrift will enter its next phase of development and officially launch on Steam Early Access on May 17th, developers Bossa Studios announced today. Our boy Brendy ventured into the sandbox explore-o-crafting MMO's world of floating islands last year, swinging around with his grappling hook, building an airship, and getting into a fight over a parking…

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1 year ago

Wipe out! Bossa Studios cancel Decksplash

Bossa Studios, the folks behind Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread, have cancelled their latest game after it failed to draw enough players during a free open beta. Decksplash was a multiplayer game blending the skateboard stunts of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater with the ground-painting territory control battles of Splatoon. Were enough people in such a game to make it worth finishing? Bossa hoped to…

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Bossa bet Decksplash’s future on a successful open beta

It's never been a better time to play video games - wherever you look, you're spoilt for choice across almost every genre - but it's hard to shake the feeling that it's a dangerous time to be making them. Studio closures are announced with worrying regularity at the moment and countless talented developers struggling to break even. Bossa Studios (of Surgeon Simulator and I Am…

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Chet Faliszek joins Bossa to make co-op action game

Chet Faliszek, the former Valve Software writer who done them jokes and other words real good for games including the Portals and Left 4s Dead, has joined Bossa Studios. The game he's joined to work on is cloaked in mystery and shrouded in secrecy for now, but Faliszek does describe it as a cooperative action game that is "trying to do something new in the…

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Feature: Listen now or have a wretched existence

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks Gamelab, the airships of Worlds Adrift, and horror of Get Even

Bring out your ears, it's the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. Adam has returned from Gamelab in Barcelona and is ready to tell us all the hot goss about Arkane's president leaving the studio (there's not much) but also all the gamescience he acquired from RiME developer Raúl Rubio and Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith. In the mean time, Brendan has been falling off…

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Feature: Grappling hook/10

Premature Evaluation: Worlds Adrift

Every week we launch Brendan into the early access stratosphere to see if he can find gems among the clouds. This time, the floating islands and airship building of sandbox MMO Worlds Adrift [official site] I fell off my sky boat. I’m now falling through the clouds wondering if this world has a bottom – a large lava pit or possibly a vast, endless ocean…

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2 years ago

Feature: Leave a mark on the world

Worlds Adrift made me believe in MMOs again

On one screen, a developer is demonstrating Worlds Adrift [official site], and explaining that players have hand-crafted everything I can see. The game world is made up of floating islands and the one he's scrambling around right now, using a grappling hook to traverse rapidly, has a ruined building at its centre. It's not very large, the island. You could hop, skip, grapple and jump…

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Splatoon goes skateboarding in Surgeon Sim dev’s Decksplash

Splatoon is perhaps the most pleasant surprise from Nintendo in years, a charming and inventive multiplayer shooter (of all things!). Squidkids slip and swim around levels, gushing ink to splat each other and win by painting levels their team's colour, and it's all just smashing. Obviously, it's not coming to PC. But, er, Decksplash [official site] is. Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios yesterday announced Decksplash,…

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Help: The Game Collection Benefits War Child Charity

Eleven developers, including familiar names like The Creative Assembly and Rovio, have teamed up with War Child to help raise money for children in areas of conflict. The bundle includes 12 unique games for £9.99/$14.99 and all proceeds go to the charity. It's an excellent chance to do good while playing some fine games.

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Hippocratic Oaf: Surgeon Simulator Tackles Trump

When I first saw the trailer for the new Surgeon Simulator DLC [official site] I felt a bit queasy. You can watch the trailer below before reading on and, like me, you may end up thinking that Inside Donald Trump is about deciding whether or not you'd kill the possible president if he were lying unconscious before you. Maybe I played too many of those…

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3 years ago

Kooky Ooky: I Am Bread & Goat Simulator Team Up

The twin fads of zany physics-based games and Joke Simulator Game Simulator 2013 have mostly passed us by now, so I wonder what'll be the not oh-so-random joke genre to strike it big? Frag montage parody FPSs have been too small for too long to take off, and Sanic Hegehog games have never been fun enough. Maybe I'm out of touch. Well, while we await…

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4 years ago

Bready Steady Go: I Am Bread Pops Out Of Early Access

Your Morning Mate, they call it. Johnny Foamguts. Hedgehog Hell. Cleopatra's Sponge. Whatever you call bread - Jam's Friend, Billy. The Sticky Trick - you can now become bread - A Touch of the Brown. Grainbrick - proper real fully-baked bread - Hollywood's Trickshot - as I Am Bread [official site] has left the Early Access oven to sit on the shelves with the rest…

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Worlds Adrift Showcases Cannon Fire Gameplay

Bossa Studios have released a short sample of gameplay footage for their multiplayer work-in-progress, Worlds Adrift [official site]. The idea behind Worlds Adrift is that you're an explorer roaming from island to island in your rag bag of an airship, looking for ways to upgrade it and keep it fueled as you wander round the skies. According to Bossa: "We hope Worlds Adrift will be…

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Surgeon Sim Creators Prototype: Worlds Adrift

In the wake of Kickstarter and its crowd funding brethren, the last couple of years has seen a trend of asking communities to give feedback during development, and even to contribute ideas. But a phrase I haven't heard a lot during all this is, "is it worth us continuing working on this game or not?" That's the bold question being asked by Surgeon Sim creators…

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Wacky Physics Sandwichbox: I Am Bread Released

I'm sure your emoji are nice and all, but what'd really enrich my written communication is sound effects. Take this post: what I have to do is explain that the company behind Surgeon Simulator yesterday released onto Steam Early Access I Am Bread, a zany physics sandbox where you control a sentient slice of bread roaming a house trying to become tastier. And how am…

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