Monday, April 8, 2013

PAX East 2013: Tearaway

While Sony was present at PAX East this year with a collection of The Last of Us booths, what was more interesting was the booth off to the side of the showfloor completely covered in construction paper and papercrafts.  No, this booth was not a misplaced crafting booth in a gaming convention; this was the booth for Media Molecule's Tearaway.  We got to speak with Community Manager James Spafford about the game, and you can see what he has to say in the video above.

Tearaway is a PlayStation Vita adventure game where you help messengers deliver messages to a very special recipient: you!  In order to reach you, however, they have to travel through thick forests and treacherous lands made of paper.  Thankfully, you can assist with more than mere control; you can physically press up into the world with your fingers and even tilt the world to send enemies flying every which way.  Interaction with the PlayStation Vita is key in this adventure.

Whereas level creation was a big factor in LittleBigPlanet, creation takes a different role in Tearaway.  As players go through the game, they will encounter beings in need of colors or designs, and with the PSVita's camera, players can take pictures to cover the beings and help.  Also, as the game progresses, papercraft plans will be made available to players to physically print and create, acting like small trophies for completing specific goals in the game.

Tearaway is slated for release sometime this Fall, exclusively for PlayStation Vita.

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