Hydrophobia Prophecy Coming to Steam and PSN

Making a splash.

Graphics

  • Enhanced Graphics Engine
  • Enhanced environmental lighting throughout the game
  • High resolution textures
  • Updated video texture work
  • Hugely improved particle systems throughout the game
  • Depth of field effects implemented
  • MLAA anti-aliasing
  • Improved lighting and shadowing solutions

HydroEngine Enhancements

  • HydroEngine Graphical Improvements
  • Enhanced character DripMapping technology
  • Improved reflection and refraction mapping
  • Enhancement underwater visual effects
  • Underwater depth of field effect
  • Enhanced particle system and improved performance
  • New high resolution RippleMap simulation responds to characters and objects

Improved Movement and Animations

  • Jump distance more accurate relative to movement speed
  • Added stationary jump
  • Speed of movement through vents increased and animations improved
  • Speed of movement with MAVI increased
  • Various animations refined to provide better feedback

Narrative and Backstory

  • Character and dialogue
  • Scoot character remodelled
  • Scoot character recast, now played by Oliver Vaquer (GTA: Liberty City Stories, The Warriors, Law & Order)
  • Characterisation improved with remastered voice acting and additional scenes
  • Mila characters role has been enhanced with compelling new scenes

Storyline enhanced and completed

  • Dramatic new plot points shed light on the back story and the Prophecy of Malthus
  • New in game video communications enhance the narrative without disrupting gameplay
  • Compelling new cutscenes and dramatic twists
  • New mechanics designed around the deeper narrative
  • Hydro Kinetic powers brought into the main story
  • Dramatic new ending completes the story arc

Wading and Swimming

  • Character Interaction with water
  • Reworked Kate’s bracing animation and responsiveness
  • Eliminated undesirable situations where the character was swept out of player control
  • Increased speed of recovery after being wiped out by water
  • Removed invasive reactionary animations after being wiped out by water

Art Direction

  • Major Environmental Overhaul
  • Improved environmental lighting
  • Re-designed locations add variety and drama
  • Spectacular new environments introduced
  • Reworked environmental assets

Audio

  • Music and SFX
  • New and improved music tracks
  • Re-mastered audio and improved sound design
  • New SFX added to various feedback systems

Puzzles

  • Puzzle Improvements and Additions
  • Improved lock-on effect for electric cable puzzles
  • Added mini-puzzles to existing areas
  • Exclusive new environments introduce new physics based puzzles
  • Ability to manipulate floating objects to solve bouyancy based puzzles
  • New narrative based challenges

Combat and Cover Systems

  • Enhanced Combat System
  • Individual bone based enemy lock on feature (depending on difficult setting)
  • Improved aim assist functionality
  • Dynamic aim reticule adapts to different ammo types and combat behaviour
  • Destructable object system reworked for greater feedback and effectiveness
  • Ammo distribution refinements
  • Greater variety of ammo earlier in the game
  • AI enhancements and performance improvements
  • Instant ammo collection features eliminates unneccessary button presses
  • Rebalanced Sonic Rounds for more effective combat
  • Reload times reduced for better combat flow

Cover System Enhancements

  • Blind fire functionality added
  • Turn corners while in cover and engage in flanking maneuvours
  • Cover animation improvements
  • More responsive and smooth cover transitions
  • All new Floating Cover system
  • Grab bouyant object to use as dynamic cover in water
  • Use floating cover on the surface or during underwater combat
  • New Climbing Combat system
  • Ability to shoot and engage in combat while climbing or hanging

Levels and Game Balance

  • Level Design Improvements
  • Enhanced and redesigned levels
  • Exclusive new levels to explore throughout the game
  • All new mechanics, puzzles and combat added
  • Dramatic new end sequence using Hydro Kinetic abilities
  • Decrypting doors sequence shortened
  • Tutorial added for hack mini game
  • Improved feedback, waypoint design and tutorials
  • Better checkpoint design
  • Improved difficulty setting design
  • Rationalised waypoint system choice allows players to set their preference for how much hand holding they want independently of difficulty setting

Darknet

  • Contextual Dev Feedback System
  • Bring up Dev Feedback from the pause menu at any time to comment on your experience
  • Your feedback is uploaded to Dark Energy augmented with contextual information about the gamestate
  • Dark Energy will continue to act upon gathered data from the playing community

GUI and Front End

  • Menus reworked
  • Front end menus re-designed
  • In game menus re-designed

So, there’s a huge list of improvements, on top of the changes already implemented to the XBLA version. And all for less than a tenner. Bargain.

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23 Comments

  1. The feedback was awesome. Their ability to address said feedback equally welcome. However, with such a massive list of improvements and some sporadically disjointed scoring across the industry, I can’t help but think there was some fundamental flaws in the first place.

    Regardless of that, I’m very interested and look forward to the PSN version. Good luck to them.

    • To be fair, at least one outlet that awarded it 4/10 almost certainly didn’t play beyond the first hour or two. And then there was the drama stirred up in a few places that caused some smaller blogs and less professional reviewers to jump on the bandwagon. The release and review cycle got very messy but it was mostly a lot of drama over nothing – something certain corners of the internet excel at ;)

      • Good to know, fella. As always, I’m happy to judge a game for myself but one can’t help but be influenced by the things we read online – even if it’s a tiny bit.

  2. Now that’s fan service!

    • We were really and truly blown away by the response to Pure and the listening post – which is what inspired us to take this thing even further. Did you notice the Darknet feature too?

      • Is the Darknet feature just for Steam?

  3. Its almost like the 360 is the testing ground then they release it on the PS3 properly.

    This isnt this first game to have done such a thing ;-)

    • The first Modern Warfare 2 DLC springs to mind, there were bugs on the 360, fixed in time for the PS3 release though..

  4. Brilliant, I was gutted when this was announced as LIVE only.

  5. Nicely done, consider this on my ‘watched items’ list.

  6. Sounds very tempting, looking forward to it.

  7. Thanks kindly guys, really appreciate it :)

  8. Wow, they take their stuff seriously – which massively improves the chance of me buying it day one ! :)

    • Thanks! Remember there is a 15% pre-purchase discount on Steam, so if you do decide to take the plunge be sure to take advantage of that :)

      • Sounds good this, I think ill be in :-)

  9. I enjoyed the premise of the 360 version but the demo put me off. It’s great to see the developers have had such an active response to the criticisms. To release not one, but two massively improved updates shows a real passion for their work which is lovely to see.

    • Thanks :) Prophecy is a much bigger update than Pure was too, hope you enjoy it :)

  10. Sweet, a day one buy for me on PSN.

    • Thanks kindly, hope you enjoy it and be sure to let us know what you think via Darknet :)

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