So far, thatgamecompany has been very coy in releasing any concrete details about Sky’s gameplay, choosing instead to paint impressionistic word-scapes such as, “gratefulness, appreciation, and giving,” to describe the upcoming experience.
IGN was granted a sneak preview of six minutes of gameplay late last year, and that’s definitely worth a look.
But this weekend, many of us will get some actual hands-on time.
“In the next 24 hours you will receive an email from TestFlight containing a unique redemption code, and with this code you can download the preview version of Sky. Further instructions will be included in that email,” came today’s missive. “We will be opening our servers on Friday at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern, and Saturday at 2pm New Zealand time. Until then, the game will not be playable.”
Not long to wait then.
“It is important to note that this special preview is a unique circumstance with experiences that may vary as the game is updated. It should be noted that all player information and character progress may not carry over to the final version of the game. With gratitude from the thatgamecompany team,” was the final word today from thatgamecompany’s invitation.
The invitation of course begs some big questions that are especially pertinent to this site. Will the test build be playable on Apple TV? Will controllers be compatible?
We’ll just have to wait patiently for that follow up email, and the test build itself, for the answers.
In the meantime, you might like to check out this interview with thatgamecompany’s CEO, Jenova Chen. You won’t learn much about Sky, you’ll hear more poetic descriptions, but then, that’s what this studio’s games are all about – the experience; not just the mechanical but the emotional connection its games are so good at building. Has a game ever caused you to feel anything like that moment in Journey during the end credits, looking to the sky, with everything coming full circle and falling into place?
It seems very appropriate then that Journey’s follow up actually takes to the sky itself.
As usual, stay tuned.
Here’s the original reveal teaser: