Designing Rayton, the iconic rabbit protagonist in F.I.S.T.

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Designing Rayton, the iconic rabbit protagonist in F.I.S.T.

Out September 7 on PS5 and PS4

It all came from the basic idea that an outstanding, iconic protagonist helps players love and remember a game, and we believe Rayton, the rabbit in F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch, is a great example of that. We’d like to share what we tried to express when we designed him.

Designing Rayton, the iconic rabbit protagonist in F.I.S.T.

When we first started to create the world of F.I.S.T., we tried to design a human protagonist, but soon we realized that no human character would be as universal and acceptable for everyone as an animal character.

Compared to cats or dogs, a rabbit with two long ears has a more recognizable shape in a side-scrolling platformer. And more importantly, people imagine rabbits as a kind of weak and vulnerable creature, so when a rabbit becomes a silent veteran wielding a giant mechanical fist, a significant conflict comes out, and Rayton comes out.

But why a fist? Swords or blades would definitely be cool, but a fist contains a rage that you want to vent on the enemies in your way, especially since it’s so disproportionately big.

In the story, this mechanical fist was removed from Rayton’s armor from a war six years ago. We designed Rayton wielding one fist instead of two because the imbalance and incomplete shape would be an external symbol of his psychological trauma from losing that war.

Along with the fist, the drill and the whip are the other two unique weapons that Rayton will obtain during his journey. Each has its own advantages, covering various damage, range, or special abilities for exploring the map.

There are also some other designs to make the character vivid. For example, Rayton will drink carrot juice to recover when he is injured, and he really loves it. But never drink too much or you can’t ignore the change.

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch will be released on PS5 and PS4 on September 7 for $29.99, and PlayStation Plus members can save 10% when they pre-order at PlayStation Store!

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16 Comments

  • Dat_Darn_Raccoon

    Will there be a physical version of the game?

  • I thought this may be the Sept PS+ game but considering it’s up for pre-order with a PS+ discount I guess that rules that out

    • Let me represent the developer to explain that it is just an unexpected coincidence the release date of F.I.S.T. is around the day of the PS Plus monthly rotation, but it actually will NOT be one of the Sept free games. At least there has never been a discussion on it so far. Sorry for making you misunderstand.

  • I’m IN.
    If you release a physical version.

  • I CANNOT PRE ORDER ON PS5 It days not compatible, when will be available to pre order on ps5

    • As other user said, my bet is that it will be a ps5 ps plus game, that’s why you can’t preorder it for ps5.

    • It should be possible to pre-order F.I.S.T. on PS5 system. Please try again, and tell me if there still be problems, and we will contact PlayStation to fix it. Thanks for your support!

    • Also respond to Ferdunor’s conjecture in the comments. F.I.S.T. actually will NOT be one of the Sept free games. At least there has never been a discussion on it so far. And you will get BOTH PS4 and PS5 versions when you purchase it! Sorry for making you misunderstand.

  • Can this get a physical release? Even a limited physical release would be appreciated like how Sony did it for Gravity Rush at Amazon.

  • “Iconic”? Lol new IP, no way it could conceivably be iconic before it’s even launched guys.

  • Nice post,just came to say that the game looks incredible and it’s a guaranteed buy for me,also it looks gorgeous.Good job.

  • gonna need one of these posts for that cat lady.

  • For everyone who cares about the physical editions: there has nothing concrete to share about it for now, but a physical edition is definitely super important for us. I personally am a physical collector. So I promise we will our my best to bring you one, and let you know once make any progress.

  • I’ll probably be buying this one. Looks like my kind of game.

  • Been waiting on this to release since it was first announced as part of China Hero Project. Got it pre-ordered and can’t wait to play! The pre-order discount was a good incentive.

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