PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are consoles that have enabled incredible visuals and worlds. New universes have come to life like never before and the technology within these machines are a big reason why. They continue to give developers plenty of power and leeway when it comes to creating new games.
In this hyper-realistic age of video games, titles that look like real-life tend to dominate the visual landscape. Video game companies see those as the more certain bet to make versus the stylized, colorful type experience. In gaming and business, certainties receive far more yes’s than riskier propositions do.
This said, developers still create experiences that display a stylized appearance. One upcoming game that comes to mind is Playtonic Games’ Yooka-Laylee. This open-world platformer features visuals we don’t typically see in games these days. Playtonic Games director Gavin Price spoke about visuals in gaming today.
“I think a lot of realistic visuals got done simply for the sake of it, simply because the hardware got to a point where it could handle it. Personally, we’ve always tried to put style over technical brilliance in games. I think stylised art is more fun and creative.
“From a business perspective, it’s a great shame it’s seen as a risky prospect to do bright, colourful games… Essentially, we make games for ourselves in that they’re fun to play and they’re mechanically very strong. However, they’re also completely fine to give to anyone of any age,” Price told Arstechnica.
Yooka-Laylee is a very exciting title, if for nothing else than how different and refreshing it looks. Back in its heyday, the N64 featured games with visual styles quite similar to Yooka-Laylee‘s. Playtonic Games is hoping their upcoming game will find success, and in doing so, show companies that games like these are just as popular as the hyper-realistic counterparts.
Yooka-Laylee is going to release this coming April 11 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Linux and Mac. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Yooka-Laylee.
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