The official launch of Media Molecule's Dreams is right around the corner. After a lengthy stint of early access, the PlayStation 4 exclusive is finally ready, and we can't wait. Whether you want to stretch your creative muscles with the comprehensive tool set, or just want to explore the thousands of user-made experiences, Dreams has something to offer pretty much everyone. Below, we'll run you through some common questions about the game ahead of release.
What is the release date for Dreams on PS4?
Dreams will launch worldwide on Friday 14th February, 2020. Those with the early access version will be able to upgrade to the final version three days earlier, on Tuesday 11th February.
Wait, didn't Dreams launch on PS4 already?
Sort of, but not really. Developer Media Molecule released an early access version of Dreams between April and December of 2019. This was an incomplete build of the game that focused primarily on the creation and social aspects of the title. What will release this coming February is the final, complete game.
Can you still buy the early access version of Dreams?
No, you can't. The early access period for Dreams ended in December 2019. If you didn't purchase Dreams during that time, you'll have to wait until 14th February.
If you bought Dreams in early access, do you have to buy the game again?
Nope! Anyone who already owns the early access version of Dreams will automatically have the game updated to the full retail version at no extra charge. Additionally, those with this version will gain access to the full game three days early, on 11th February.
What will the final version of Dreams add to the early access version?
A whole lot. First and foremost is Art's Dream, which is Media Molecule's two to three hour story mode. It will tell a nice narrative on its own, but the main aim of Art's Dream is to inspire players to get creating their own stuff.
By Media Molecule's estimate, the developer has made approximately 18,000 tweaks and improvements to Dreams for the final build. There will be new tutorials, a motion-free control system, more extensive language support, improved UI, new Collections of cool things to use in your creations, and so much more. For a more detailed breakdown, visit Media Molecule's website.
Are there any pre-order bonuses for Dreams on PS4?
If you pre-order Dreams digitally on PlayStation Store, you'll get a PS4 dynamic theme, a digital art book, and a digital soundtrack. Media Molecule has said these pre-order bonuses will also come with the physical edition of the game.
Is there a special edition of Dreams on PS4?
So far, we've only seen the basic version of Dreams available for pre-order. We doubt there will be any kind of special edition.
When will Dreams pre-load begin on PS4?
Assuming you've pre-ordered the game digitally via PlayStation Store, you'll be able to pre-load Dreams ahead of release on PS4. The pre-load feature automatically kicks in a few days before launch, and that is very much the case here. Pre-load will be available from 12th February.
How much does Dreams cost?
Dreams will be available for £34.99 / $39.99. If you purchased the early access version of the game, you will have saved £10 / $10 on this launch price.
Will early access and beta creations be carried over to the full version of Dreams?
Yes. Everything made in Dreams, whether in the beta or early access, will be present and correct when the full game launches in February.
What can you make in Dreams on PS4?
Almost anything. It's difficult to convey in words, but you really can use Dreams' creation tools to craft pretty much anything that springs to mind. There are already hundreds of thousands of community creations, including static works of art, original music, environments, animations, short films, music videos, mini-games, and full-on adventures to play. Just in terms of games, you could make racers, first person shooters, visual novels, platformers, shoot-em-ups, fighters, and the list goes on and on. The variety is mind-boggling, and it's only going to get even more diverse with time. With enough practice, you can make basically whatever you like.
Do you have to make things in Dreams on PS4?
No, you don't. While the suite of creation tools in Dreams is hugely impressive, and we'd encourage you to try them out, you're not required to spend any time making stuff at all. There will be more than enough to do if you don't fancy making something of your own.
What else is there to do in Dreams besides creating things?
Dreams will feature a more traditional story mode crafted by Media Molecule. This part of the game is known as Art's Dream, and will showcase the enormous potential and variety of the game's creative tools via three distinct themes. Once you've wrapped up your time with this campaign, you can head online to the Dreamiverse, where you'll find a vast collection of community-made games, music, artwork, and more. With hundreds of thousands of creations and counting, you'll have a near-bottomless well of weird and wonderful things to experience.
Do you need PlayStation Plus to use the online features in Dreams?
There doesn't seem to be official word on this, but from what we can gather, you won't need a PS Plus subscription to go online in Dreams. You didn't need to be a Plus member for the early access period, and we imagine this philosophy will carry over to the full game too. With the community aspect being so key to the game, we have to assume the online features will be open to all players. We'll update this FAQ if we learn more.
Do you have to play Dreams with PS Move motion controllers?
No. Currently, there are two distinct control methods for Dreams. One is indeed a pair of PlayStation Move wands, but it's also perfectly viable to simply use a regular DualShock 4 PS4 controller. Dreams has a comprehensive suite of tutorials for both control types.
Media Molecule is also working on another control scheme that won't require motions or gestures at all.
Will Dreams have PSVR support?
Media Molecule is working on implementing PlayStation VR support into Dreams. This won't be available at launch, but it's definitely something that will arrive later down the line.
Is there a Platinum Trophy in Dreams?
There will of course be Trophies to earn in Dreams, and yes, one of those is a Platinum. Media Molecule hasn't said much about the game's Trophies, but it has at least confirmed the existence of a Plat.
Will early access players retroactively earn Trophies in Dreams?
Kind of. Here's the official word on how this will work:
"A quick note on trophies - if you’ve met the criteria for a trophy in Early Access it will pop the next time you hit a related milestone. For example, if there is a trophy for hitting level 30 and you’re level 87, the trophy should pop when you hit level 88!"
Is Dreams coming to PC in the future?
There has been some chatter about this, but the fact of the matter is Media Molecule is a Sony-owned studio, making a port to other platforms unlikely. Of course, we've been hearing reports that Horizon Zero Dawn will be coming to PC, so a Dreams port isn't out of the question. For now, Dreams is only slated for release on PS4. Whether Sony makes an exception for Dreams, we will have to wait and see.
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