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Solar Ash is stunning journey by Hyper Light Drifter developer

Published: 16:18, 12 June 2020
Updated: 16:20, 12 June 2020
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Solar Ash protagonist
Solar Ash protagonist

One of the first games that caught our eye on last night's PlayStation 5 presentation was Solar Ash, whose visual style is somehow both plain and intricate at the same time.

We suppose you could name a few games that (occasionally) look like Solar Ash but we can't think of many that delivered such a visual spectacle on a constant basis. 

Solar Ash is developed by Heart Machine, the same team behind the also-excellent action-RPG Hyper Light Drifter. While it's not a sequel, you could call it an evolution, where the team aimed for a more hopeful tale of personal progress. 

As for the magical setting, the dev said, "In Solar Ash, the player journeys through the Ultravoid, a ravenous rift in space swallowing worlds. It’s a place of incredible danger and surreal spaces – a dream none can escape. Familiar though alien, lush but grotesque, peaceful at times and supremely violent in others." 

Parts of the trailer show some slick movement through the world of Solar Ash, and the skate-like movement seems to be the main traversal method.

"Players will blast through high-speed traversal challenges with wild gravity and beautiful vistas, while slaying massive monsters and meeting other lost souls. Beware the remnants that loom and bristle with hunger", Heart Machine said. 

Apparently, the release of Hyper Light Drifter inspired the team to go for a bigger world, hence their building of the tools that made Solar Ash possible. 

Heart Machine Solar Ash protagonist looking at a black hole Solar Ash is drop dead gorgeous at times!

Naturally, they stressed that PlayStation 5's extra juice made it possible to bring the world to fruition, as well as ensure seamless transitioning between levels thanks to its lightning-fast SSD tech. 

That said, we hope Solar Ash makes its way to other platforms too, but we should know more soon.

Heart Machine Solar Ash landscape Solar Ash, quite the view!

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