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Apotheon Coming to PS4 February 3rd, Free for PS Plus

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Apotheon Coming to PS4 February 3rd, Free for PS Plus

So in our last post we said that Apotheon would be launching sometime in January. Turns out we were off by a few days. Apotheon will actually be launching on February 3rd, 2015. But, we’ve got a really good excuse! The reason for the short delay is because Apotheon will also be featured as part of Playstation Plus, and will be free for the month of February to all Playstation Plus subscribers for PS4! Check out our new launch trailer showing off a bit of our voice acting talent.

While sorting out all the paperwork involved with this deal, we’ve had a bit of extra time to do even more optimizations and playtesting to polish off the last few bugs. With the help of Sickhead Games doing the PS4 version, we’re very happy with how the game has shaped up, and are very excited to finally release it to the world!

Back when we first started development in 2012, our original aspirations were much different. Apotheon actually started life as a sci-fi open world game where the player could sneak around a giant space station and cause trouble with lasers and rockets. While trying to flesh out the narrative setting, we starting going in the direction of a sci-fi mythology, with technologically advanced godlike beings pulling the strings behind the curtain. Coming up with a unique mythology was troublesome, so we opted to simply transpose classical Greek mythology into a futuristic setting, with Zeus and friends puppeting hapless mortals from their sub-orbital space colony called Olympus.

After doing some more research into the source material, it seemed interesting enough by itself to not even need the tacked on sci-fi elements. From there it was only a hop skip and a jump to get to the Apotheon you see now.

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Most of what we know about these Myths is told through the earthenware of the time. Pottery that sort of acted like story or comic books, depicting famous characters and heroes of popular legends. It made perfect sense that we adopt this artwork for our game, as it and the narratives they tell go hand in hand.

Surprisingly, the art style hasn’t been utilized as much as would be expected, considering the influence of the Myths themselves in popular media. Aside from a few cinematics or flavourful intro sequences, not many games have made use of it at all. The black and red figure art of Greek pottery is almost the perfect art style for a 2D game. It is bold and instantly readable, with heavy use of symbols, ideal for conveying information to the player. It is flat and uses many patterns, perfect for efficient texture tiling for environments and levels. And most importantly, it is linked with some of the most interesting narratives in human history!

And with that bit of our own history about Apotheon, we’ve got a few more days of hard work until we set it loose it upon the world on February 3rd! See you all on launch day!

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  • Ryan Clements

    This game looks sweet. Bravo, friends.

  • It looks so cool! I can’t wait to play it.

  • Bravo, nice game.

  • This game looks nice but please bring it to vita i wanna play this game really bad and I don’t have a ps4

  • This was going to be a day one purchase, so it’s an even nicer surprise that it’s a Playstation Plus IGC game. Can’t wait and congrats on the release!

  • Like #5 I had all intentions to purchase this day 1! I have been looking forward to Apotheon since it’s first announcement and I talk about it on my stream on a daily basis :P. My fellow viewers and I are looking very forward to this and cannot wait to climb Olympus next week! Thank you so much for creating a game of this theme with its amazing art and music!

    Huzzah
    -ES

  • Im pretty happy this is guna be free. It looks really awesome. Except the weapons breaking part. I dunno why devs still use that game mechanic. Please let this game run smoothly, the last few plus games ive taken had bugs and one (duke nukem) is all but unplayable.
    What kinda trophies are we going to see? I cant find a list anywhere.

  • Awessome!
    Mould fit nicelly on Vita!

  • This game reminds me of Guacamelee!, which is a really good thing. If this game plays anything like Guacamelee!, it will be awesome.

  • 2D version of GOW

  • Looks amazing, I was waiting for this to get released! How long will the first play through be?

  • This was going to be a day 1 purchase for me; baring some terrible reviews or something. If I like it, I’ll be sure to support you with DLC purchases or the purchase of one of your other offerings; thanx.

  • I love greek mythology, can’t wait to try this out. Very cool style to it, reminds me of Outland, but even better!

  • Game looks pretty nice can’t wait

  • The game looks great! I can’t wait to play it!

  • Very cool looking game, great idea with the “Greek vase” art style. Surprised this one isn’t on Vita honestly.

  • Looks interesting enough .Maybe I’ll play it .I haven’t played a PS Plus going on a long time. Not to say I don’t like the service but yeah I for one usually like bigger Triple A games. This game I’ll give ago

  • So excited for this game! I have been looking forward to this since it was announced. It seems to have a very deliberate combat style and will be pretty tough! Hope it is a good as it looks, I have high hopes for this one.

  • I’ll let plus run out to pay full price for this.

  • excited for this. glad to see it on plus where more people will try it

  • Thank you for it being on PS Plus – Can’t wait to try this!

  • What Actio1_618 said. I had played it at, “The Experience” and had a great time doing so. I cherish my Apotheon sticker and can’t wait til the game is released!

  • Elements of Outland and The Battle of Olympus? (Google that last one, kids)
    Fantastic! Psyched to be grabbing this on Tuesday.

  • @19 Same here. Alientrap deserves it. This game looks amazing, and well worth the money.

  • *sings* I will find my waaaayyyy, I can go the distance! I know every mile will be worth my while…I would go most anywhere to find where I beloooooonggggg!! (Sorry, watching the trailer without audio makes me think of Disney’s Hercules.)

  • I’ve been waiting for this game sice it’s been announced. I really cannot wait any longer. I was going to buy it day 1, but now it’s free for PS+ I could not be happier. Thank you.

  • Awesome, this game looks fantastic! I loved the art style since I first saw it in early glimpses.
    Thanks for making it free for PS+, now I don’t have to buy it!
    I’ll add it to the top of my list to play, once I get a PS4 later this year. I’ll have a nice backlog by then, courtesy of PS+.
    Thanks again!

  • I’m supper excited for this. Beautiful art. I’ve had my eye on this since it was first announced. Can’t wait!

  • Why isn’t every single PSN game like this automatically available for the Vita at launch?

    I mean, seriously, this is the PERFECT type of game for the Vita, and yet nothing.

    Come guys, get your act together.

  • And another Indie game =( those platform game’s i played years ago on my commodore 64, now i have a PS4 and still playing those silly games. the titles on PS3 with PS+ are much better then PS4 free games. i really thought i had a new generation game console, but untill now i only played games for 4 years old =(

  • I am really, ridiculously looking forward to this. I kind of adore ancient krater art and loved Battle of Olympus when I was a kid.

    That’s a game someone should bring back, come to think of it.

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