When the crew behind the serene journey Altoâ€™s Odyssey had been engaged on the sequel, that they had a variety of concepts that didnâ€™t make it into the ultimate launch. A kind of was a vibrant metropolis that might be the sportâ€™s fourth biome, becoming a member of the present desert, canyons, and historic temples. For varied causes, town was minimize from the ultimate launch. However when the prospect got here to deliver the sport to Apple Arcade as a part of the streaming serviceâ€™s latest enlargement, it made sense to return to the idea.
The result’s Altoâ€™s Odyssey: The Misplaced Metropolis, which is coming to Arcade subsequent week. â€śWeâ€™re pondering of The Misplaced Metropolis as a particular version of Altoâ€™s Odyssey,â€ť says lead artist and designer Harry Nesbitt. â€śWeâ€™ve been in a position to return to the drafting board just a little bit.â€ť
The core of the sport will stay the identical as the unique model. Which means The Misplaced Metropolis is an countless runner, the place gamers journey a sandboard throughout a procedurally-generated desert panorama. Itâ€™s a mixture of chill and problem that has made the collection so enduring. The Apple Arcade model merely provides a brand new space â€” however one that actually modifications the tone. â€śItâ€™s very a lot a residing, respiration metropolis,â€ť says Nesbitt. â€śItâ€™s not a dusty damage or empty wilderness like a few of the different areas weâ€™ve depicted. Itâ€™s vibrant and alive, and has nearly a celebration ambiance to it.â€ť
One of many challenges, he says, was ensuring that the brand new space wasnâ€™t an excessive amount of of a jolt to gamers. The crew didnâ€™t need gamers leaping straight from a quiet desert to a bustling metropolis, which is the place the procedural side of Alto got here in useful.
â€śItâ€™s positively one thing we tried to watch out with,â€ť he explains. â€śWe donâ€™t need it to be jarring in any sense. However as a result of itâ€™s a procedural sport, we have already got a pure development for revealing new content material to gamers. We attempt to not throw every thing at them without delay; we attempt to tempo it out in order that one factor results in one other. Simply as youâ€™re getting snug with one side of the sport, a brand new thread opens up.â€ť
The expanded model of the sport additionally supplied an opportunity to construct on the storytelling, one thing thatâ€™s grown over the course of the collection. Whereas the Alto video games donâ€™t have an specific story with cutscenes or dialogue, there’s clear worldbuilding occurring. As Nesbitt explains it, the builders need gamers to really feel like thereâ€™s extra that â€śexists past the sides of the display screen.â€ť
And whereas the concept dates again a couple of years, the present model of The Misplaced Metropolis was impressed partially by the pandemic, and the truth that so many people have been trapped inside, largely unable to journey or expertise the outside. â€śI believe Altoâ€™s Odyssey has all the time been just a little bit in regards to the thought of touring and going outdoors of your consolation zone,â€ť says Nesbitt, â€śand The Misplaced Metropolis is a pure extension of that concept.â€ť
Altoâ€™s Odyssey: The Misplaced Metropolis launches on Apple Arcade on July sixteenth.