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Recompile, Phigames' 3D Metroidvania, takes place in a messy Mainframe full of half-sentient programmes, which you—a naughty bit of code that's facing deletion—have to escape. The striking new trailer takes us on a brief tour on the Mainframe and some new environments and offers up a first look at some new hacking mechanics.
Malindy Hetfeld had a chat with Phigames about the art of creating the perfect first game trailer back in July, but I think it's topped it with the new trailer. Recompile's certainly a looker, full of weird environments conjured up by the Mainframe. There are cyberpunk cities, volcanic caverns and floating ruins, all filled with obstacles. It's all just code, though, and thus exploitable.
You'll be able to hack every environmental feature, apparently, and judging by the trailer the results will results will sometimes be quite explosive. You can shoot and smash your way through obstacles, or you can use your hacking skills to fiddle around with logic gates, letting you pacify enemies or solve puzzles.
Alternatively, you could just try to be very light on your feet. There's plenty of platforming and you're an agile bit of code, able to dash and jump your way out of trouble, or use your superior acrobatic skills to outmanoeuvre enemies before moving in for the kill.
There's a branching narrative to go along with the Metroidvania mechanics, exploring AI and machine sentience, which will be informed by your playstyle as well as well as more overt choices. Hacking enemies and making them chill the heck out rather than, say, battering them with your digital fists could have consequences later.
Recompile won't be out until next year, but if you're going to EGX London next week, you'll be able to take the latest build for a spin.
They just keep coming don’t they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn’t know about, as well as stuff that’s previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we’re doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed.
You may have seen them already: luminescent, moody, glitchy-looking gifs on Twitter and Reddit. No, they're not teasers for the next Tron movie, but snippets from an indie title called Recompile - a 3D platformer by Phigames.
After weeks of observing these teaser images, I was finally able to get my hands on the game at this year's EGX Rezzed, and ask the game's creator, Phi Dinh, about the process behind designing the game. Unsurprisingly, it turns out Recompile feels just as good as it looks, but it also boasts a variety of unexpected influences. And that's not all - as the developer has some ambitious plans in mind.
Hearing the term computer virus normally doesn't bring positive images to mind, but in Recompile, you are the virus. You're tasked with infiltrating a pseudo-military facility during an "apocalyptic war-type future", and according to Dinh you'll function as "a catalyst for creating the first ever sentient AI".
Still screenshots don’t do upcoming 3D metroidvania Recompile much justice. You might get a feel for the scale of the Tron-like virtual world developers Phigames have built, but it can’t convey the mad, wibbly glitch effects that fade as the world reassembles itself, Bastion-style. It’s hard to even get a handle on what its protagonist looks like in stills – a humanoid form made from searing hot-looking particles that are lost and restored as they move. So, it’s probably best you look at the debut trailer below, because it’s rather pretty, although sadly not due until next year.