We’ve been saying for years and years now that Dreams’ beta would be the thing that sold the masses on the potential of Media Molecule’s upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive. Unfortunately, a very strict NDA has left participants unable to publicly share their hard work, but someone decided to break that over the weekend. The result? A huge viral hit which has attracted more attention to the title than the past three or four years' worth of trailers.
Due to the situation, we’re not going to post the video here, but we will describe it. Effectively, someone has recreated the opening scene from Hideo Kojima’s infamous PT demo, proving that the L-shaped corridor is destined to be remodelled in every piece of software ever until the end of time. The results are staggering, with every art asset and detail meticulously rebuilt using the title’s sculpting tool – it looks frighteningly close to the original.
The problem, then? The developer wants the footage to be taken offline. While the video is still currently available – search for it and you should find it fairly quickly – staff at the Guildford-based studio have kindly requested it be removed, and we reckon it won’t be long before Sony ninjas get involved and hit the clip with a copyright strike. It’s a bizarre situation because the video has over 4,000 likes and has been shared all over the web.
There are clearly legal concerns here, as the company frets over potential lawsuits. But if that’s what has prompted the platform holder to put a lock around this beta, then how the hell is it going to cope with the commercial release? The thing is this isn’t even the most impressive thing in the sampler – there’s some absolutely wild stuff already being uploaded. We’d love to tell you about it all, and share our impressions on the game, but we can’t.
The wait goes on…