This week marks the launch of Sky: Children of Light, a game from famous Jenova Chen and dear studio company on IOS devices. Sky was revealed under Apple's iPhone keynote in 2017 as a mobile first game and an iOS exclusive on launch.
The game is expected to appear on Android, Mac, Apple TV, Windows PC and consoles once in the future, though. The first broad launch this week follows a long soft-launch period and a delay day delay as the game went through some major changes in testing to get its social aspects – an important part of the experience – right.
In Sky you play as an indefinite, childlike creature who walks and flies through varied 3D environments that collect light, help beings, solve puzzles and work with friends to bring the light back to your world.
The game is laid out as an amusement park thatgamecompany president Jenova Chen told the Los Angeles Times that he explored Disneyland for inspiration – with a central hub attached to many other areas, something vital to history and others not. As in Journey you come across other players in your travels, but the social and communication systems of the game are much deeper now. You can make friends by sharing light, using emotions, hugging, and doing other common activities to establish a band of friendship. Finally, you can even chat with them – something you couldn't do in Journey .
The goal is to explore emotions that are not often shared by games but are common in other media. "Compared to the emotional range of interactivity, games are very biased towards younger men," Chen told Los Angeles Times. "So when I started the company, our mission was to create more emotions that a game can communicate."  It took several stages of testing to reach this point. In an interview with The Verge, Chen said the game had to be designed to fight the worst nature of the players:
In childhood psychology, a gamer who immediately goes to a virtual world plays Moral, moral value, does not carry into a virtual space. In some virtual space, people seek maximum feedback. If I can get you frustrated and you show that feeling, it's more exciting than just me
The team that made Sky went through a series of iterations not only to create a game where collaborative projects are more central than competing games or trolling, but where it comes from a place where sincerity instead of necessary y.
Chen and his team believe that games like this can bring more people into the hobby. "I want players to be able to show their skeptical friends that games are more than they think," he told Variety. "If there are 200 million consoles in the world, there are 2 billion smartphones. Well, if you try to reach as many as possible, it's an easy decision to make."
Sky is free to play, but it comes with some buying opportunities in the app. In some cases, you can buy currencies. These currencies can also be purchased through normal games without too much friction, based on our experience so far, and in others, the game scheme looks like a seasonal model found in popular free-to-play titles such as Fortnite and Apex Legends . Buying a season ticket gives you access to more content and more opportunities for progression.
In the Los Angeles Times interview, Chen described most mobile games as "predators" with gambling-like mechanics. "I felt very, very sad," he said. "All the work we have been trying to make games appeal to more people and making games look like a respectable industry, suddenly went backwards … Now new people, their impression of games is this totally different image. We will use our game for to change more people's perception of which games can be. "
Sky will be updated over time. We played it for a couple of hours during the last day and found it to be lovely and engaging, though a little overwhelming with its many systems. It feels in some ways that Journey meets Destiny and it is significantly more ambitious than its predecessors, although it has a similar aesthetic of pastel, minimalist 3D art and sweeping orchestral music.
thatgamecompany has not disclosed when Sky will be released on other platforms. It was originally played as part of Apple's Apple TV 4K game selection, but that version has been delayed for now.
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