the journey of finding out where we belong in the natural world Among the year's biggest indie releases is The Pathless from developer Giant Squid, which was behind Game Awards and BAFTA nominated underwater adventure Abzu. IF YOU WORK IN THE INDUSTRY, LET US KNOW! The Hollywood Reporter is part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. (Guest Column), 'Rocky IV' at 35: Sylvester Stallone Was in the ICU After a Dolph Lundgren Punch Actually Connected, Brothers Behind MeidasTouch SuperPAC Talk "Audacious" Post-Trump Plans. The origins of Abzû lay in the development of Journey, an independent video game developed by Thatgamecompanyand released in 2012. GET EVEN MORE EXCLUSIVE NEWS! Terms of Use | ABZU is the story of the oceans, and the journey of finding out where we belong in the natural world. Five Dates drops Nov. 17 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. The conversation-based game offers a group of potential matches, with players exploring the compatibility, and chemistry of each and either strengthening or weakening their relationship with each date. "We [also] invented a language that the characters speak, so no matter what language you are playing game in, you always get subtitles — it always feels like it's from another place," he says. Upon further research, however, I found that Abzu (or Apsû) is one of two primeval gods from the ancient Babylonian creation myth, described in the Enûma Eliš tablets. Apsû represents fresh water, and the other primeval god, Tiamat, represents oceanic waters. The Pathless took about four years to complete, and the creative team did question the "no map" approach about three years into the process. Having worked in a game featuring a desert setting, Nava wanted to change to a more vibrant and populated setting for his next title. As the pressure mounted, the team ultimately "didn't cave," as Nava says. At first I didn't think much of the game's name. The result is that the game demands players to navigate the space in a new way. California Privacy Rights | A daily briefing on what matters (and what's interesting) in Hollywood. While this week has been dominated by the launches of the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles, independent games are likely to take center stage again next week when The Game Awards release the nominations for the best indie titles of 2020. Sitemap | "The atmosphere of the game is one of the biggest things that we think defines what a Giant Squid game is," says Nava, adding that the visual quality, fluid movement of the character and connection with animals and nature are also signature elements of the company's games. In this stunning game from the artist behind Journey, discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean. To learn more, The Hollywood Reporter called Giant Squid creative director Matt Nava, who shipped Journey with thatgamecompany in 2012 and started at Giant Squid the next year. "It's that relationship that really defines the characters," he says. Abzu (apsû) is depicted as a deity only in the Babylonian creation epic, the Enûma Elish, taken from the library of Assurbanipal (c. 630 BCE) but which is about 500 years older. Interactive Romantic Comedy Five Dates Imminently Releasing, From Welsh developer and publisher Wales Interactive, Five Dates describes itself as an "interactive rom-com about the unpredictable world of digital dating.". Nava says that The Pathless pushes everything further while including more traditional game mechanics and bosses, "but still with this slant toward accessibility, making it so that it's not so stressful and with an eye toward pacing and flow, to make a game that's both tranquil and intense when it needs to be.". The Pathless, from publisher Annapurna Interactive, is an immersive, mythical open-world adventure following a hunter and her eagle companion as they navigate a curse of darkness on the island. Visually and narratively, Nava says that the game takes motifs and architectural elements from different cultures from all over the world, such as the Inca, Mayan and Aztec ruins, to create its own culture. I thought it was just the character's name, end of story. Do Not Sell My Personal Information Abzû is a beautiful game the way “The tornado uncoiled harmlessly into the air it was made of” is a beautiful sentence.

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