[PS4Blog.net Interview] Serenity Forge On Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition
We’re currently doing a review for Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition on PlayStation 4, so we got in touch with Serenity Forge to talk about the game’s release on Sony’s home console.
PS4Blog: Welcome to PS4blog.net! Mind getting us going by telling our readers a bit about who you are and what it is that you do?
My name is Kevin Zhang and I’m the publishing director at Serenity Forge, a game developer/publisher in Boulder, Colorado! For Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition on PS4, I’m working with my coworker Andy Schmitt, who is in charge of porting the game to PS4, and David Board, who is the developer behind the original game for PC.
PS4Blog: We’re here to talk about Lifeless Planet. What is the game about?
Lifeless Planet is a third-person action-adventure that features an old-school sci-fi story and spectacular environments in the spirit of classic action-adventures. While seeking life on a distant planet, an astronaut discovers an abandoned Russian town. He suspects his mission is a hoax until a mysterious young woman saves him from a strange and deadly phenomenon.
PS4Blog: The version for PlayStation 4 is called Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition, meaning that there’s something extra in there for PS4 owners. Can you please tell us what makes this different from the version that was released a couple of years on PC?
Exclusive to the PS4 release, the main character model has been updated with more detail and double the texture resolution. The game also runs on an updated game engine and features advanced physically based shaders and dramatically improved lighting. You can see an example of improved textures at the image below.
PS4Blog: How long is Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition? How many hours will it take someone to see everything the game has to offer?
The main story is around 5-6 hours long. If you want to complete everything, it’ll go well into the 6-hour+ range.
PS4Blog: It’s very interesting to see that this release features a full trophy count, including a Platinum! On that note, has the glitch for the Survivalist trophy been patched so that quitting or pausing the game does not void the trophy?
This was a miscommunication on our part; the Survivalist trophy is supposed to be a VERY difficult trophy to obtain, where it only counts if you go through the entire game in one sitting without quitting the game.
PS4Blog: Now that Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition is out on PlayStation 4, what is next for Serenity Forge?
Our next game that we’re publishing and porting is coming out soon! It’s called Four Sided Fantasy, and it’s a puzzle-platformer that uses the concept of screen-wrap to challenge your perception of what is and isn’t the edge of a screen. Think the ability to exit and re-enter the screen in Pac-man, but applied to a 2D platformer! It’ll be out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One later this month (August). We’re also working on a game called The King’s Bird, which is still very early, but we hope to have it out on as many consoles as possible.
PS4Blog: Thank you for your time. Would you like to add anything else before we leave?
I just want to add that I’ve been a HUGE Playstation fan ever since I first got my PS2 when I was 11. If you asked me when I was a teenager that I would actually be putting up a game on a Playstation console, I would have slapped you in the face. So I’m very proud of being involved in publishing Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition on PS4, and I hope people will enjoy it!