Bastion Creator Reveals Transistor, Offers A Short Trailer

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Bastion Creator Reveals Transistor, Offers A Short Trailer

Supergiant Games, the developer responsible for beloved indie release Bastion has announced its next game, Transistor.

This morning Supergiant Games issued the vignette you'll find embedded at right. It serves as an official reveal for Transistor, the developer's next title, and a game that seemingly shares many welcome similarities with Supergiant's fan-favorite Bastion.

Now, granted, I'm basing that purely on this trailer. No one at The Escapist has yet played Transistor, and in fact the first opportunity anyone will have to experience this title first-hand will come at the imminent PAX East conference where Supergiant claims Transistor will be available for anyone to play. That said, based on the above clip, the similarities to Bastion are undeniable.

Both games feature a relatively blank slate for a protagonist. Both protagonists have short, non-descript names that will likely prove more important to the overall plot than we might first suspect. Both are played from a 3/4 overhead viewpoint, and both appear to feature real-time combat with fantastic creatures. Finally, each title seems to be immediately, superficially defined by a gorgeous, inspired art style.

However, where Bastion was set in a pseudo-modern fantasy world, Transistor is apparently more futuristic. It almost appears to harken back to the settings seen in Square Enix titles like Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, insomuch as oversized swords are a popular weapon despite the existence of technology like motorcycles and autonomous robots. Actually, comparisons to mid- to late-90s era Final Fantasy games seem increasingly apropos as the trailer rolls along. That scene where Red is speeding along on his or her motorbike in particular. Red's aesthetic largely relies on that furry-collared bomber jacket, and his or her sword is designed in such a way that it would be utterly unwieldy were it subject to the physical rules of the real world. Despite this, he or she wields it with ease. Had the familiar Final Fantasy victory theme started playing after Red cut down a few of those robots, I doubt many would have batted an eyelash, instead preferring excitement over what could very easily be mistaken for a modern Final Fantasy redux.

Whether these comparisons will still prove apt after PAX East is anyone's guess, but expect a deluge of information on the title to emerge from that conference (which is scheduled to take place in Boston, Massachusetts from March 22 through March 24). Given the collective affection gamers have for Supergiant's debut title, it would be unsurprising to see Transistor generate a massive amount of pre-release anticipation. Now we just need to find out which platforms Transistor might appear on and when we can expect its retail debut. As of now the best info we have points to a nebulous "2014" release window, but with any luck Supergiant Games will be a bit more specific during PAX East.

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I'm rarely one for preorders, but I will add this game to that list.

pretty sure "red" is a women, what with the boobs and fishnets?

anyway yeah heard about the game, made a happy noise, have watched the trailer atleast a dozen times. cant wait, want it now

that about sums it up

i do like how there seems to be a tactical mode in combat which they have kind of hinted at

INB4 someone calls this game sexist because Red shows cleavage and doesn't have much characterization.

OT: Yes! I don't care that it looks a lot like Bastion, I didn't want Supergiant Games to get into fucking kart racing or something, it looks fantastic. Gameplay similar to Bastion in an original Cyberpunk world and a seemingly new art-style? Sign me up!

You can't just dangle this in front of me and tell me it's not until 2014!

ToastiestZombie:
INB4 someone calls this game sexist because Red shows cleavage and doesn't have much characterization.

OT: Yes! I don't care that it looks a lot like Bastion, I didn't want Supergiant Games to get into fucking kart racing or something, it looks fantastic. Gameplay similar to Bastion in an original Cyberpunk world and a seemingly new art-style? Sign me up!

its funny how the feminist bashers always turn up before the feminists isn't it. And they always accuse others of making trouble where there is none... oh the irony is so delicious.

I can't wait until this game. I'm sure I'm going to buy both the game and the soundtrack if it's anything like Bastion.

ramboondiea:
pretty sure "red" is a women, what with the boobs and fishnets?

anyway yeah heard about the game, made a happy noise, have watched the trailer atleast a dozen times. cant wait, want it now

that about sums it up

i do like how there seems to be a tactical mode in combat which they have kind of hinted at

Yeah, just wanted to tell as well that Red is a woman and featured on many of the posters. I assume she is a singer?

Red's aesthetic largely relies on that furry-collared bomber jacket, and his sword is designed in such a way that it would be utterly unwieldy were it subject to the physical rules of the real world.

Oh, and another nitpick! Her jacket's collar isn't made of fur, but of feathers, as you can see in another concept art featured in the trailer.

Karoshi:

ramboondiea:
pretty sure "red" is a women, what with the boobs and fishnets?

anyway yeah heard about the game, made a happy noise, have watched the trailer atleast a dozen times. cant wait, want it now

that about sums it up

i do like how there seems to be a tactical mode in combat which they have kind of hinted at

Yeah, just wanted to tell as well that Red is a woman and featured on many of the posters. I assume she is a singer?

She's also a woman because on their site, Supergiant Games describe her as a "young woman called Red". So that's a dead give-away =D

Looking forward to this though. Bastion was my favourite game of 2011, and I know that SGG will do just as good a job here.

Karoshi:

ramboondiea:
pretty sure "red" is a women, what with the boobs and fishnets?

anyway yeah heard about the game, made a happy noise, have watched the trailer atleast a dozen times. cant wait, want it now

that about sums it up

i do like how there seems to be a tactical mode in combat which they have kind of hinted at

Yeah, just wanted to tell as well that Red is a woman and featured on many of the posters. I assume she is a singer?

From the soundtrack having vocals, and the choice of describing her as an 'influential voice', certainly seems that way. as a fan of the Macross franchise, certainly interested to see how that pans out.

Given the posters confusion over her gender though, cant shake thoughts of Mospaeada's Yellow Belmont now (laughs)

Karoshi:

ramboondiea:
pretty sure "red" is a women, what with the boobs and fishnets?

anyway yeah heard about the game, made a happy noise, have watched the trailer atleast a dozen times. cant wait, want it now

that about sums it up

i do like how there seems to be a tactical mode in combat which they have kind of hinted at

Yeah, just wanted to tell as well that Red is a woman and featured on many of the posters. I assume she is a singer?

i reckon these going with an amnesia story and she doesn't realise she is the person in the picture. the basic synopsis of the game is the companies website and sounds pretty interesting, but doesnt really tell you much about her, except robots want to kill her

Huray!!!! That means no sequal to the Bastion. Crisis averted. Now lets see how this one measures up. I expect at least one part that will make me cry like a little girl. Don't let me down now Super Giant.

captcha:string along

No captcha you can't.

Definitely looking forward to this. When I eventually got round to playing Bastion, I loved it, and the gameplay looks similar to it, but with lasers, which is perfectly fine with me.

And I love the trailer song already.

3/4th the viewpoint, 4/4 of my attention

Earnest Cavalli:
Snip

You DO know that's a woman right?

Looks great, certainly looking forward to this. I hope narrative and soundtrack are as great as Bastion's. Though music seems to be a major gameplay element, so I guess it will :D

Looks freaking awesome from that trailer - loved Bastion so I'm definitely looking forward to this!

So same gameplay as Bastion, but cyberpunk story and setting?

I like it already.

Supergiant, you can have all of my money. Bastion is my favorite game of all time, and this looks fantastic.

Looks like a promising start...

The aesthetics as they stand make me wonder if part or all of the game takes place in some kind of cyberspace setting- the stationary blocks are not unlike how some RPG versions of hacking envision network nodes. It would also make a certain amount of sense with regard to the trailer's referencing "voices"- what world is more about people's voices than some vision of the Internet?

I quite enjoyed Bastion, both aesthetically and in what it did with story and narration. I'll look forward to hearing more about Supergiant's next game.

Is it me or is the singer in the trailer's music the same as Zia from Bastion? Would make sense, but just curious if anyone else noticed that.

No male protagonist, no sale!

But seriously this looks pretty good already, and my god that music!

ramboondiea:
pretty sure "red" is a women, what with the boobs and fishnets?

Y'know, I polled a bunch of people and they all came up with the idea that Red is a dude, but if there's this much debate about it, I'm gonna change the pronouns to be more gender neutral, just to be safe.

Earnest Cavalli:

ramboondiea:
pretty sure "red" is a women, what with the boobs and fishnets?

Y'know, I polled a bunch of people and they all came up with the idea that Red is a dude, but if there's this much debate about it, I'm gonna change the pronouns to be more gender neutral, just to be safe.

says on the website that Red is a she, i think its in the little plot synopsis part.

Found it:
"In Transistor, players assume the role of a young woman who gains control of a powerful weapon after a mysterious group of assailants nearly kills her with it. Now she must fight from street to street against forces that will stop at nothing to recover the weapon. During the course of the adventure, players will piece together the Transistor's mysteries as they pursue its former owners"

Windknight:

ToastiestZombie:
INB4 someone calls this game sexist because Red shows cleavage and doesn't have much characterization.

OT: Yes! I don't care that it looks a lot like Bastion, I didn't want Supergiant Games to get into fucking kart racing or something, it looks fantastic. Gameplay similar to Bastion in an original Cyberpunk world and a seemingly new art-style? Sign me up!

its funny how the feminist bashers always turn up before the feminists isn't it. And they always accuse others of making trouble where there is none... oh the irony is so delicious.

Both parties are irrelevant in this case, because the game looks fun (Assuming the combat style is similar to Bastion, which it seems to be), is beautiful, and is going to have a kick-ass soundtrack (if the song played is any indication).

All of it totals up to a simple "I WANT IT NOW! Or the soundtrack. Either now would be good."

And to clarify, I don't mean to stay that I believe it will only be fun if the gameplay is similar to bastion, I mean to say that because it seems similar based on the trailer, then one can assume that It will be as refined and smooth as Bastion, and as such will be enjoyable.

NOOO! Two Thousand and Fourteen!

That's like a millennium away.

Goofguy:
Is it me or is the singer in the trailer's music the same as Zia from Bastion? Would make sense, but just curious if anyone else noticed that.

Yep, definitely sounds like Ashley Barrett. I'm not surprised they would keep the same composer and singer, considering how much of a hit Bastion's soundtrack was.

I mean, I know we've had a lot of androgynous protagonists in final fantasy games, but COME ON.

DVS BSTrD:
3/4th the viewpoint, 4/4 of my attention

Earnest Cavalli:
Snip

You DO know that's a woman right?

Only 4/4 of your attention! And you claim to be a fan! HERESY!

But nah I kid. Just want to agree here, and congratulate you on your continued excellence in internet punmanship.

I'm so fucking excited right now. I watched the trailer like 10 times already, cannot wait till 2014, I want it now!

Bastion is one of my favorite games of all time, I trust Supergiant won't disappoint with their new game. The fact that Darren Korb is doing the music... makes me jizz in my pants.

I know I'm excited :D
admittedly I'm a fan of Cloud's buster sword in FF7 so that's a cool feature with me lol

Looks like the soundtrack is going to be a hit again!

Wait Red's a he?

I guess they also took inspiration from JPRG tradition of having androgynous lead characters. Though I don't think it is a male. Let me re-watch that... yeah I'm right. B-cups at 0:27 in the trailer.

You can safely conclude it's a she or maybe MtF but anyway it has boobs so my money is on double X chromosomes. My money is also up for grabs if Supergiant is interested.

You know what game I'm going to pre-order? This game.

You know why? Because Bastion is still my favourite game, and Super Giant is a good company.

You know what that is? GOOD WILL FROM CUSTOMERS FOR PRODUCING QUALITY PRODUCTS, I'M LOOKING AT YOU BIG COMPANIES.. Especially you EA.

I don't preorder because your game looks nice alone, I've been burnt by that before (Spore) I preorder when I know a company has produced quality games before, it's called trust. I trust them not to fuck me over, funny how that works.

Not a fan of the camera perspective in the trailer the character looks far too small and weird (in game)..

But seems like this game will still have one hell of a soundtrack.

I'll see.

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