Hohokum builders on bringing former PlayStation unique to Steam

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One of many shock reveals finally week’s Annapurna Interactive Showcase was the PC launch of Hohokum. GamesBeat spoke with the sport’s creators Richard Hogg and Ricky Haggett about reviving the sport on Steam after so a few years.

Beforehand launched in 2014 for PlayStation methods, Hohokum is a puzzle sport wherein gamers management a colourful snake-like character who explores numerous settings. In our evaluation, Evan Killham referred to as it a “bizarre mixture of stuff that shouldn’t work however then completely does.” It joined different artsy PlayStation-based indie titles, like Journey and Flower. Now, a number of years later, it’s getting a breath of latest life as a Steam launch — not the primary Sony unique to make that journey.

In an interview with GamesBeat, Hogg and Haggett spoke about reviving their former console unique after eight years. Haggett mentioned this may serve the sport’s legacy: “It’ll dwell for an extended, very long time on PC. Whereas on PlayStation, perhaps in some unspecified time in the future you gained’t be capable of play it, however hopefully you’ll be capable of play it for an extended, very long time on PC.”

Hogg advised GamesBeat that Hohokum’s followers have wished a PC port for years. “I do know there’s a bunch of people that shall be very excited, as a result of for years individuals have been asking. There’s at all times individuals asking when it’s going to come back out on PC.”

Hohokum and the indie scene

When referred to as upon to explain his moderately indescribable sport, Hogg mentioned, “Hohokam felt like a sport that folks that aren’t actually like the sport that lots of people who aren’t actually that into video video games would possibly like.” He added {that a} distinction between the 2 releases is that the viewers on PC is perhaps extra receptive to Hohokum’s curious nature. “Indie video video games have modified and the best way wherein individuals understand these sort of oddball concepts in video games has positively modified. So I feel that it is going to be met with much less confusion than it than it was when it got here out. Perhaps.”

Hohokum is about exploration and the joys of discovering your individual path — it doesn’t give the participant a lot steering. Haggett says the PC indie scene has seen a number of video games just like Hohokum. “On the time, there weren’t lots of video games doing that. I feel individuals shall be a bit extra open to stuff like that… We’ve to do much less explaining of ‘What on earth is that this loopy factor?’”

The mechanics of the change, they each added, had been easy. Solely mouse and keyboard assist have been added. There are little or no variations between the unique launch of the sport and the PC model, although they had been tempted to tweak it forward of the brand new launch.

Discovering the PC viewers

Including on to the above about Hohokum’s nature as an art-led sport, Hogg mentioned that the console exclusivity felt like a barrier. “The type of people that would casually purchase Hohokum on a PC and play it — they’re not huge avid gamers. They’re not the kind of people that would purchase a PlayStation, however Hohokum would possibly resonate with them. That was at all times one thing that I regretted, and hopefully now this is a chance for these individuals to select up the sport.”

Haggett added that the actual thrill was Hohokum’s expanded potential viewers: “It’s gonna be actually thrilling to get a load of people that by no means performed it the primary time round attending to play it this time.” Hohokum is at the moment accessible on Steam.

The 2 additionally talked about their new sport Flock, which was additionally revealed on the Annapurna present. Flock bears a number of similarities to Hohokum — however, not like the latter sport, it is not going to be console-exclusive. It’s coming to Xbox and PlayStation, and is offered to wishlist on Steam.

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