Even though Tearaway is a single player game; a personal journey shared by you, and your little messenger friend, iota or atoi, we couldn’t resist giving Tearaway players the chance to express them selves creatively. We’ve already talked at length about the oodles of papercraft models you can collect as you play through the game, but there are also in-game challenges that will allow you to personalise the world as you travel through it.
A squirrel who needs a new crown, a chap whose moustache has been stolen by crows, and a pig that’s too ugly … these are all examples of problems you’ll be asked to solve through the cutting out of virtual paper shapes.
When the time comes to get crafty, you’ll be presented with a virtual cutting mat, and a selection of coloured paper sheets. Using the pencil tool, you can trace a shape that you want to cut out using the front touch. If you make a mistake, you can erase your flawed pencil lines with the eraser tool, but once you’re happy with the shape, hit the scissors icon to cut it out. You can layer multiple sheets on top of one another, just like using real paper, and once you’re happy with your decoration, you can save into your collection. Now you can use it to decorate certain things in the world, and bring a smile to unattractive pigs everywhere.
Most importantly of all, you can customise your papery messenger. You can remove any or all of their features and replace them with whatever you like, either choosing from a list of pre-made animated items such as eyes, mouths, and various shapes like hearts or stars, or you can make your own from scratch. The pre made ones must be purchased with confetti, colourful paper fragments that you’ll collect as you play, but making your own is free! We’ll be working on releasing some extra decorations later down the road too.
The whole process is pretty similar to convincing someone to hold still whilst you glue paper all over their face, except you can also peel off their existing features too (eww). You can merely change atoi’s smile, or you can make them look completely different, Our lead designer Rex decided to model the messenger below after himself, but check out these other examples to see some of the other weird anew wonderful things the team have been making recently.
Tearaway is out on November 22nd, and you can pre order now!
We’ll be at the Eurogamer Expo for the whole show, and with us we’ve brought Tearaway. Come and find our papery booth at the back of the Playstation area, and get your hands in our new game!
We’ll be giving out neat Tearaway freebies, like papery Messenger Headbands, and four different badge designs. We’ve got a cute photo opportunity where you can pose with a real papery version of atoi, and if you pre order Tearaway from Game at the show, you can get one of these exclusive key rings of Sackboy dressed as iota (as well as the usual pre-order goodies; an exclusive skin and papercraft template for the Rideable Pig, plus iota and atoi costume for use in LittleBigPlanet.)
Come and say hello, we can’t wait to meet you :)