People who’ve played Sword & Sworcery from Superbrothers were treated to a minimalist pixel art experience with a deep soundtrack. But that was back in 2011. Their newest title, JETT: The Far Shore, seems to be taking the visual side of things to a completely different level while maintaining that high level of musical influence.
The game’s website summarizes thusly:
JETT invites you on an interstellar trip to carve out a future for a people haunted by oblivion in this cinematic action adventure.
As scout and ‘anchorite’ Mei, be the first to deploy to a mythic ocean planet. Take the helm of a ‘jett’ and explore a vast unknown – skim low over waves, roar up pristine coastlines and carve through otherworldly woods. Adapt to an intricate, systemic open world and persevere through adversity alongside an intimate ensemble cast in this story of courage, wonder and regret.
At first blush, there’s an undeniable echo of Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky. The trailer shown during the PlayStation 5 presentation sweeping plains, swelling oceans, and dizzying orbital views of planets. However, in looking at the game’s site and the feature points, one gets the sense that this is not going to be a procedurally generated universe, but one world built in exquisite detail. It is going to be an exclusively single player experience, but one which will reportedly mix “monumental moments, laid-back exploration, occasional white-knuckle action, moments of heartfelt companionship, and a helping of existential dread.” And once the five act story has been completed, players will apparently have some carefully ill-defined endgame activities to keep them going.
While the trailer for the game appeared on Sony’s PlayStation 5 presentation, it does not appear to be a PlayStation exclusive title, but it does appear to be exclusive to the Epic Games Store as far as the PC release goes. JETT: The Far Shore is currently slated for a holiday 2020 release.