Bastion was a gem of a game with gorgeous art, a wonderful soundtrack, and a great storyline that made it stand out from the other third person beat-em-ups in its time. Its been a while since we’ve last heard from Bastion developer Supergiant Games, but it recently made a huge announcement about its next game called Transistor.
Amazing art? Check. Epic music? Double check. Third person beat-em-up? Probably, judging from the initial gameplay footage. The trailer for Transistor is a sign that Supergiant is playing to its strengths and concentrating on telling a killer story with art and music that will excite the senses. Those are exactly the kinds of things that made Bastion an unforgettable hit.
It seems that the plot won’t take place in a post-apocalyptic world, like Bastion‘s post-calamity setting. Instead, Transistor will take place in a futuristic world that will be full of political intrigue as it sits on the precipice of disaster.
It will be interesting to see what the main character, Red, will be like. I have a feeling Red will have more of a personality than the kid in Bastion. The kid in Bastion was a silent blank slate that the player could project their own personality onto, while Red seems to have her agenda and personality traits. One doesn’t become Cloudbank’s “influential voices” being silent after all.
It can’t wait to see how Supergiant will portray the plot in Transistor. I wouldn’t mind hearing a narrator to portray the plot, but I got a feeling Transistor‘s plot is going to require a different method of conveying the story. I trust that Supergiant will either branch out from Bastion’s style of storytelling, or stick with it.
If you can’t wait until 2014, you can get a taste of Supergiant’s new game this week. A demo of Transistor will be playable at PAX East, just don’t expect a short line to play it.