Kahraman assures us that it is not, and that this is not how they had hoped to announce a new game: “It bothered me a little as we as a team are so happy to tease some of our game and then this comes the conspiracy. “Kahraman continued. “All I wanted to do was tease our game. When it comes to our social media presence, we’re a small team and not a big AAA studio. It’s already hard work working on a highly polished game for PS5, so we really can not save you time to work on our full-time social media presence (while it matters). “
Moving past the misunderstanding, Kahraman also shared some more details about the game with IGN. Blue Box has been working with Abandoned since 2017, and the studio’s original goal was to create a tactical shooter with film history and realistic gameplay. “We wanted to make something other than traditional shooters,” Kahraman said. “We wanted to make a game that feels real. Like when you reload, you get to see the whole animation while in battle. Or when you get hit, you really have to stop the bleeding to keep fighting.”
Kahraman talks about several game situations that will affect the character’s stability in a realistic way: “For example, when you are hit in the legs, you will fall down and equip your firearm by dropping it on the ground. You will eventually have to choose to take your firearm and fight or to stop the bleeding and clean the wound to prevent getting a disease, “Kahraman adds.” This is not going to be a comforting fight. I promise.”
Kahraman says that the game’s realistic environmental graphics were achieved through photogrammetry and retopology of the models (a process that takes high-quality images and shrinks them for more efficient use), and has been enhanced by the PS5’s horsepower. “The PS5 console is powerful enough to run these images in 4k resolution,” notes Kahraman. “However, optimization is necessary to run the game at 60 FPS. At the end of the teaser you will see some heavy comb shakes and frame drops. The animation is not final while the comb shake is removed and the framework will go up to 60 FPS, unlike the teaser video.”
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According to Kahraman, the “game” is also dependent on the DualSense wireless controller and makes good use of the immersive benefits of the PS5. “The feel and sound of the controller will change depending on whether your firearm is loaded or unloaded. 3D sound is used for tactical purposes such as determining the distance between you and the enemy.” they add.
Like Kojima’s own PT (intended as a teaser for the canceled Silent Hills), or Resident Evil’s recent demos, a “small teaser” for Abandoned will be available for download on PS5 before launch, but Kahraman says the studio “can “Do not share more details about it yet. We also plan to do some closed alpha testing on PS5 sometime after, but it is not 100% safe.”
Aside from Abandoned PS5s 2021 exclusives include Returnal (April), Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart (June) and Horizon Forbidden West (TBA 2021). We also have an overview of all Sony’s first party studios and what they work with.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.