Paper Beast: immersive sandbox mode

Shape, Seed, Experiment

An adventure and a sandbox — Paper Beast has two ways to interact with its budding digital world. In the previous trailer, we shared how the gameplay would work in adventure mode, a 4-5 hour experience. It’s time to share our trailer for sandbox mode, a place for experimentation and playground of infinite replayability in the Paper Beast Universe. 

Set your imagination free, shape and develop the universe as you wish.

Fauna and Flora Ecosystem
Create an interactive and living ecosystem.
We wanted the player to feel totally immersed. Special attention has been given to creating an immersive VR world as we carefully crafted our environments. In this imaginary world, physics are realistic. 

Players can interact with creatures and experiment with different actions to elicit new responses and reactions. Our dev team has been working on this mode for a long time and they still discover funny behaviors, so we’re looking forward to seeing what quirky and exciting new phenomenon players encounter. 

There are 11 different hybrid animal species for players to discover in Paper Beast. You can add to their world by growing plants or altering geological elements and land areas. Play with weather events or insert new objects which will disrupt physics. Try, experiment, and observe. 

Terrain Model
Shape the terrain as you like!
Add sand, rocks, water, and observe the erosion. Simulation in Paper Beast’s digital world follows the natural course of reactions to the elements and always strives to rebalance and adapt to player actions.

Whatever actions you choose, nothing is destroyed. The wild nature is adjusting in real-time.

The shape of the terrain will have an impact on every part of the simulation. For instance, players will impact: 

  • Entity behavior
    Combine elements to play with creatures’ behavior. Each animal has a distinct motivation it will pursue. If you disturb the creature, it will react and adapt to any changes introduced into the environment. What will happen if I fasten a predator to a cable? How will a Bridger react if I add water?
  • Weather
    Control the weather in a variety of ways: set a global rainstorm into motion, create churning sandstorms or implement changes on a smaller scale through different types of mini storms. Paper Beast’s creatures will adapt and react to any change or disruption. 
  • Imprints
    Terrain shapes and shifts as interactions between the animals and their environment leave imprints. The landscape in Paper Beast evolves with creature activities. 

Manipulate Objects
Pick-up an object and play with physics.
Choose from a number of objects that shape and disturb the world.  Add an anti-gravity capsule and watch creatures levitate. What if you add a mini storm or a water tree?
Fasten entities to each other or attach them to a parachute. Possibilities are infinite!

Bonus: What is that strange object at the beginning of the video?
It’s a mathematical object that gives the impression there is an inside and an outside when there is only one surface. It’s symbolic of the two modes of the game and the transition from one to the other. The object will have a role to play in Paper Beast.

PAPER BEAST announces an explosive original soundtrack blending ambient and punk rock music

Now available for pre-order in digital and vinyl double album editions

The double album vinyl soundtrack consists of 17 tracks composed by Roly Porter and the Japanese group TsuShiMaMiRe and is now available for pre-order from the G4F Records store. The two white vinyl discs come in a sleeve with colours resembling the surreal universe captured in Paper Beast. Each pre-order will also include exclusive artwork autographed by Eric Chahi.


Pre-order at this address.
The digital edition of the soundtrack is available here for pre-order on Bandcamp.
The double vinyl edition is available here for pre-order in the G4F Records store.

 Delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

 Statement from Eric Chahi

“I wanted a sound that would translate the surreal, dreamlike journey that Paper Beast takes us on.
That’s why I wanted to work with Roly Porter – for the mystical, interstellar music he has created. The ambient music gives the Paper Beast universe sounds that are electro, metallic and lunar all at the same time. There is a lot of magnetism in his music.
In TsuShiMaMiRe we find a common energy that expresses the bizarre colorful side of Paper Beast. Their punk rock style expresses all the life of the creatures that inhabit this world, born of lost internet data. It’s a contrast that unites the games two themes: data and life.”

Paper Beast new Gameplay Trailer

Today we are very excited to share with you the new gameplay trailer for Paper Beast.

Read the PlayStation.Blog article Eric wrote.

“In this trailer we present how the player can manipulate the terrain to solve certain puzzles, like the creature you attract to help build a dam out of sand over the water. The ground and the various elements adapt automatically to the player’s actions. Everything is calculated in real time by the game’s engine. One of the things you can see in the video is that when you move a ball of sand, it leaves a trail on the ground.”

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