Update: Tren has featured on the DreamsCom live stream. In the above video, creator John Beech is interviewed about the Mm Original coming to Dreams, with plenty of gameplay on show. It looks absolutely delightful; you'll be exploring a wooden train world, upgrading your engine, hauling freight, and completing challenges. In addition to trains, you'll also be piloting helicopters, sailing boats, and manning cranes. There's no release date as yet, but we honestly can't wait to give this a try.
Original Story: Like it or not, Media Molecule is dedicated to Dreams for the foreseeable future. Still, many have been wondering what the studio's next original creation will be. Of course, the team debuted its creation suite with the wonderful Art's Dream, a lovely action adventure in its own right and proof of the wider game's potential. The developer has produced many smaller bits and bobs within Dreams of course, including Megapenguin Rehatched, although this latter example is a collaborative effort with the community. What's the next "proper" game from Media Molecule?
It looks like we might have our answer. The studio has announced Tren, a "high-score chasing, track-building adventure" about a wooden toy train set:
Made in Dreams, Tren was initially a solo project from John Beech, a lead designer at the studio. However, it's now been taken on by the wider team, and we'll get to see much more of it during the DreamsCom live stream later today.
An interesting detail in the image is the branding, "Media Molecule Originals". This says to us that the studio will be differentiating its official projects with this header, and suggests more games of a similar scope are in the pipeline. Media Molecule isn't moving on from Dreams anytime soon, but it's encouraging that the team will be producing more original games like Tren. We're certainly excited to learn more.
Good. In my opinion MM should have been doing this from the start - dropping their own levels and content into the game.
I'm sure there is alot of excellent user created content now, but at launch whilst everyone learned the ropes, there wasnt much worth playing after Art's Dream
It will be interesting to see what happens with MM as i am sure Sony will be looking for greater output from them during the PS5 generation
@Rob_230 Give Megapenguin Rehatched a try! It's a community project where anyone can add levels. It's pretty fun to see what everyone's made!
Snacks on a Tren?
I'm actually amazed it took them so long to start doing this. It's a great idea.
@Rob_230 I was going to say the same thing about having this from the beginning.
Art’s Dream was quite depressing and a slog to get through honestly (the Jazz Musician parts anyway).
I’m usually into these kinds of games but even I was put off.
Causal players probably didn’t even give it a second look.
@Athrum it’s probably taken the new team members this long to figure out the mechanics 😅
I thought this would be added to Dreams, not a seperate entity?
@mclarenrob2 It isn't a separate entity!
@Gremio108 Tren sneks
I'm confused. Is this a game within Dreams or its own separate SKU?
I like the concept though and I have a nostalgic soft spot for wooden toy trains.
@RBMango Within Dreams
This is one way to keep people coming back to dreams. It's not like MM haven't been supporting it since early access though. Multiplayer will be next hopefully.
Sony really really should pack this in with every console. It's such a missed opportunity right now. If there's no growth in the install base then I can see Sony taking them off dreams and working on some smaller games...(tear away sequel or whatever).
Just make little big planet 4 or tearaway 2 already MM 😞
@Quintumply Push Square seem to think so... If it's only a little game within Dreams it's hardly Media Molecules next game...
@Quintumply If it's in Dreams are they selling it and will you need Dreams to play it? Weird to have a standalone name - "mM Originals" - for levels in a game. I don't think this will generate them any more sales. They probably would be better off giving the game away for free - not even in PS+ just free like HZD - and then charging $1.99 or whatever for these. Have they announced a native PS5 version yet? At some point supply will increase and people will move on.
I'm not sure my Dreams game, Farty Party will make it to release as I have lost interest. But I may finish it one day.
I haven't looked at Dreams for a while so this and Megapenguin will be a good reason to take a look.
@mclarenrob2 Well, even if it's a little game within Dreams, Media Molecule is still making it. Hence, it's Media Molecule's next game.
@rjejr I highly doubt it'll cost any extra. It's essentially just another Dreams creation, just with professionals behind it.
They've not announced a PS5 version but it works well as it is, so maybe they don't feel the need straight away. The future of the game is very interesting. I think of all Sony's games, Dreams is one that would benefit the most from a PC port.
@Quintumply I don't game much on PC (present Gamepass trial is an exception) but I could see them trying to market this as "Minecraft for grown-ups". Microsoft owns Minecraft and that's on everything, might as well try. Can't imagine too much crying over this one like the previousost exclusives. Would be interesting to see it on Switch if only for the Game Builder Garage comparisons. 😂
If this becomes a trend I will actually get into Dreams. Great idea And should have been going on since Day 1.
Awww happy times for John, he must be hyped.
Tren? Trenbolone? Hmm...
At this point, I think we have to accept MM is a tool, tech, and infrastructure studio for Sony and not really a game studio. Probably useful, but we've been waiting for an actual "game" from them since, what, LBP2 on PS3?
@Octane do you think Thanos would kill me for summoning him to Push Square for the meme? Probably.....but so tempting....how much will NL pay me not to do it?
@NEStalgia He'll have to go here first to see the notification, so you're probably safe.
@Octane Oh yeah, no email notifications.....ohhhhh @ThanosRexxx ! Greetings from team blue! CHOO CHOOO!
I need this now
@3MonthBeef Yeah definitely. I used to spend quite a bit of time checking out peoples creations but since getting the PS5 I've been pretty much just playing the big releases and haven't really had time for anything else. Going back to it now will be interesting to see how far things have come.
@Rob_230 But they HAVE been doing that since the release of the initial game, though.
I may check this out eventually, was addicted to playing with trains as a very small child.
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