A new “retro” made by fans Bloodborne was released on itch.io on Monday, transporting the world of Yharnam into the PSX era, complete with polygonal werewolves, D-pad controls, and MIDI synths.
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Thank you for your 13 months of developer support. It means a lot to me💜
– 🪄💫 Lilith Walther🏳️⚧️ (ps1 goth girl) BLM ACAB (@ b0tster) January 31, 2022
While many PSX “demo”s are often short demo experiences, the Bloodborne PSX demo is a surprisingly full-featured experience. I filmed the game and managed to get to the giant troll that banged on the door of the Yharnam central gate on the undead street running through the city.
Walther told IGN: “I was inspired when I saw simulated screenshots of destroyed games in a viral post circa 201. “Bloodborne was a year old at the time but but it’s still fresh in my mind it’s my favorite game and I’ve come to the logical conclusion to ‘make it real’ I made a prototype that year but stopped so I could finished my indie game. Once finished, I took a short break and started the real project in January 2021.”
Demake has pretty much everything you want, including vials of blood, Molotov cocktails, and plenty of backtracking in a (mostly) faithfully recreated Yharnam. I say “mostly” because there are a few alleyways and boot gates that take me around, as one has walked past Yharnam Center more than a few times. There are even a few surprises thrown in here that I won’t spoil you.
On top of that, it’s shocking how long it took for something Walther has been coding and designing for 13 months. Suffice it to say that Yharnam’s atmosphere wasn’t lost either. If anything, the PSX fog of war enveloping the city only adds to the eerie stillness of a city crumbling with every blood transfusion.
The gameplay itself is equally honest, with some care being made to further convey the feel of playing on a PSX controller, with only a D-pad for basic movement. You can lock on to enemies, dodge, and dash around them to take a punishing blow. It’s a bit annoying at times, especially when trying to lock enemies behind you with the trigger buttons, but that’s certainly not beyond the scope of other third-person games on the actual PSX. When I asked Walther what her biggest challenge was, you bet she said she was working out a control scheme for a stickless PSX controller.
Check out the official “boxy” in the tweet below, designed by @art_Mino.
Hello friends! With the release @ b0tster‘S #BloodbornePSX I’m happy to share the cover I made for the project!! Congratulations Lilith, she really knocked it out in the park, check out this BEAST of a fan game for yourself at: https://t.co/XYzz6jwu5O
HAPPY HUNTING! 😈 pic.twitter.com/CNcXsQFdWe
– Corwyn (@art_mino) January 31, 2022
Other PlayStation games for bankruptcy treatment include Our last, Cyberpunkand even Kojima’s PT demo. In addition to these demos, there is a small group of emerging games (especially horror) that evoke the same kind of PSX-era polygonal graphics, such as Blood washing.
In terms of Bloodborne’s popularity, how viral this fan project is, and how certain game companies can get a refereeing scandal, it remains to be seen whether the Bloodborne PSX remake will be. continue to be available for download and play.
Joseph Knoop is a good writer/producer/hunter for IGN.
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