When Bugsnax revealed itself during Sony's PlayStation 5 showcase, all we really knew about the game was that it had a real earworm of a theme song. Details have been scarce on this game since its debut, but USGamer caught up with the studio to learn more.
Philip Tibitoski is co-founder and President of Young Horses, the small developer behind the similarly unusual Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Tibitoski says the game is "a first person adventure game where you play as a journalist who is sent a mysterious film from an adventurer named Elizabert Megafig". This is presumably the character we meet in the above trailer, and she's discovered Bugsnax, a mysterious animal species that are half bug, half snack. Even more strange -- if someone eats a Bugsnak, their body will morph into that food. When you begin the game, you get to the island only to find Megafig has gone missing. Your task is to capture and document each of the 100 Bugsnax, learning more about the creatures and the island they inhabit.
While the wider story remains under wraps, it seems the main thrust of the gameplay will be laying traps and catching the titular beasties. Ape Escape is brought up in the interview as a reference point for how the game will play, a series that's been MIA on PlayStation for far too long. This cheery game may well scratch that itch on PS5, and Young Horses is also leaning heavily into the DualSense controller's unique features.
Haptic feedback will feature particularly prominently in Bugsnax. Tibitoski says "Running around in the environment and feeling the different types of terrain under your feet while sprinting is really cool and weird," and it makes a "big difference". He goes on to describe how you'll also be able to feel if a creature is trying to escape one of your traps.
We don't know everything, then, but we're extremely curious about this title. If you want to learn more, USGamer's interview also touches on how the team collaborated with Kero Kero Bonito for that catchy song, other key influences, and more.
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