Its creator details PS5 features and shares gameplay tips.
Neon White is a lightning-fast single-player first-person action game where you exterminate demons beyond the pearly gates of Heaven. It’s a one-of-a-kind mashup of first person shooter, platformer, puzzle game, topped off with a social link system where you can get to know your fellow dead assassins.
That may sound like a lot, but it’s simple in practice: Kill every demon and reach the end of the level as fast as you can. Levels are bite-sized challenges built from the ground up to be rewarding to replay and optimize- this is achieved using the unique Soul Card system. Soul Cards serve as both your weapons and your movement abilities. For example, the Godspeed card is a high powered rifle that can kill demons, but if you discard it you execute a forward dash. You can take your time and finish a level by shooting demons, but if you want to do things quickly, you’ll have to sacrifice your weapons.
Neon White is all about speed, so one of our highest priorities was performance. It was important to us that the PlayStation 5 version runs at 120hz across the board. When precision matters, the high framerate makes a difference. We’ve also made the most of the system SSD to reduce load times significantly. It’s important that restarting levels is as quick and painless as possible. If you want to beat your friends’ leaderboard times, you’ll be restarting levels over and over again.
Neon White also makes use of PS5’s adaptive triggers to make each Soul Card feel unique when you fire them as well as when you discard. Controller Haptics provide an extra level of feedback on top of that. You’ll feel it when you’re moving faster on water and you’ll get a subtle confirmation when you successfully snipe a distant demon. Our goal wasn’t just to make you feel cool, but for you to develop a sixth sense. To turn you into a speedrunning freak.
Before you kick down the pearly gates, here are a few tips to help you optimize levels and earn those Ace medals:
Let discards do the work
It’s tempting to hoard ammo to maximize your damage output. However, your goal is speed, not DPS. So here’s my tip: when possible, your discard should both move you and kill enemies at the same time. The Purify bomb discard might kill four enemies at once, but why not try jumping on it at the same time for a boost?
Aim with Gyro
Neon White supports Gyroscope aiming using the DualSense controller, and I personally never play without it. Gyroscope aiming can take some getting used to, but it’s well worth it for an extra degree of fine-grained control when sniping demons from the start of a level.
Neon White has a handful of secret features that can give you an edge over the competition. White’s default Katana card isn’t powerful on its own, but it can be used to deflect many enemy projectiles back at them, dealing extra damage. Successful parries with the Katana also give White a small speed boost, which is even more effective when White is airborne.
Tips and techniques aside, the best way to experience the game is to jump in and try it for yourself. Neon White comes with all the tools you need to climb the leaderboards regardless of your level of experience. And if you don’t care about leaderboards, just play the first mission. Trust me, you will care about the leaderboards.
Neon White launches on PS5 and PS4 December 13.