Sony’s press conference at Gamescom 2014 centred very much on the weird and wonderful, and the platform holder picked a doozy to kick things off. The Tomorrow Children is the latest title from Kyoto-based PixelJunk creator Q-Games, and marks the developer’s return to 3D games – a point which industry veteran Dylan Cuthbert was keen to linger on during last night’s presentation.
So, what is the game about? Well, as you may have gathered from the trailer, there’s a huge Soviet theme. The game takes place in the future, and deals with the impact of a 1960’s experiment designed to create a super race. Unfortunately, said test went horribly wrong, wiping out the world for 90 years. However, humanity has rebuilt itself just enough to create you, a ‘projection clone’.
It’s up to you, then, to venture out into ‘The Void’ to help restore the world to its former glory. Phew. As a kind of alternate future, many of the ideals of the sixties Russian setting are maintained, but have adapted due to the flow of time. Similarly, technology has advanced in different directions – similar to something like Fallout 3, for example.
You’ll start the game as a normal citizen, but as you progress, you’ll earn ration coupons from the state, allowing you to cash in on some neat perks. One example outlined on the PlayStation Blog is sharp elbows, which will allow you to jump queues. It seems that there’ll be a bit of a Minecraft structure, too, as you start out mining for materials to defend yourself against the enemies that lurk the world.
What’s really cool, though, is that you’ll be working co-operatively with other people who pick up the game. Well, sort of. For example, if you see someone toiling away in the dark, you’ll be able to point your flashlight in their direction in order to help them work. And this is apparently just the start, with many more intricate mechanics and systems still to be revealed.
In truth, we’ve read through the PlayStation Blog post several times now, and we still don’t really have a firm feel for this – other than that it’s really complicated. Q-Games always makes great games, though, so we trust it to deliver again here. And if you can’t make sense of all of the words above, just nod your head slowly to the trailer embedded below.