Tearaway Unfolded is bringing a paper plane to the PlayStation 4 next month, and Sony has suggested this is because it has “unfinished business” with the franchise. Speaking at Gamescom 2015, SCEE boss Jim Ryan hinted that the strong reception of the PlayStation Vita original convinced the company to port the platformer to its home console, where he hopes it will have a better chance of success. .
“A lot of people know about Tearaway because the game was first released on PlayStation Vita,” he said in an interview with PlayStation Germany. “The reviews have been very good, but we are very, very happy to bring this game to PS4. We feel we have some unfinished business with Tearaway and we want to take this niche franchise and make it into something that is really big and get all the marketing power that is associated with PS4 behind it.”
Despite being one of the best reviewed games of 2013 – it has a Metacritic of 87 – the version developed by Media Molecule sold very poorly, and was overshadowed by the launch of new consoles. But Ryan thinks this new version – which is more of a re-imagining than a straight port – will help propel paper-based ownership to new heights.
“It is one of the best games to demonstrate the true functionality of DualShock 4; the things you can do with the DualShock 4 in Tearaway are very, very cool and very different,” he enthused. And it’s true: one of the chief mechanics sees you throwing objects out of your TV and into the controller, where a combination of speakers, gyroscopes and rumble will allow you to shake them with your hand. We’re also expecting more fourth-wall breaking stuff in the final match.
- Tearaway Unfolded (PS4)