République Sneaks to PS4 on March 22; Offers New Cover System, Outfits, and More
Originally debuting in 2013, the stealth-action title République is sneaking onto another platform in just a few months after previously appearing on PC, Mac, and mobile, with the upcoming PS4 version of the title officially confirmed for a March release.
The PlayStation Blog announced that République will be coming to PS4 on March 22nd, 2016 in digital and physical versions, with the new release to offer all five episodes of the series and to coincide with the release of the fifth and final episode’s release on other platforms.
In addition to providing every chapter of the episodic series, the PS4 version of République will also be providing some unique feature implementations and changes, given the title relies so heavily on a touch/mouse and keyboard interface from its previous releases on PC and mobile.
Specifically, République game designer Paul Alexander explained in detail the ideas and process behind adapting the game to fit into a console-friendly control scheme, speaking on the PlayStation Blog:
“Everything started with a secret prototype that Ryan, one of our designers, was quietly working on with Paulo, a programmer friend from Brazil. Ignoring suggestions that the game should play like a console RTS (with players issuing simple commands for Hope) or that we shift the game into an over-the-shoulder action game, Paulo and Ryan set out to give players complete control over Hope, much in the fashion of our favorite 32-bit games like Metal Gear Solid, Parasite Eve, and Deep Fear. After about a month of experimentation, it was revealed to the team.”
“I don’t want to get too technical, but I do want to point out a few key components that fuel the PS4 version. Firstly, we built a cover system from scratch with new, motion-captured animations. The fixed camera perspectives — which were my biggest concern initially — ended up being a huge asset. The analog controls flow naturally from one perspective to the next without impeding player movement, a trick we learned from playing a lot of old school Devil May Cry.”
“We also spent many late nights with the Darkwind crew figuring out how to translate our “touch-friendly” OMNI hacking controls to DualShock 4. After prototyping a half dozen or so schemes, we landed on a button-focused solution powered by a bunch of under-the-hood game logic.”
In addition to the time and development spent on creating a new cover system to adapt the game to the DualShock 4, the PS4 version of République will also offer some new costumes for the protagonist Hope (along with all of her original outfits), including a clever new outfit inspired by Gravity Rush.
Along with giving some new flair to Hope, Alexander also mentioned that the new outfits and costumes will also “unlock unique gameplay features that transform the way you’ll experience the game in subsequent playthroughs.”
République is currently available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, with the game to release for PS4 on March 22nd, 2016 – in the meantime, you can check out the official trailer for the PS4 version and a video showing off its revised control scheme, and several photos of the new in-game outfits coming to the title: