Earlier this week, globular suck ’em up Slime Rancher 2 acquired the Tune Of The Sabers replace. It provides a brand new, snow-covered zone referred to as Powderfall Bluffs full of prehistoric slimes. There is a trailer for the replace beneath – however its additionally a “secret” designed such that some gamers may by no means discover it, says its recreation director.

Here is the trailer:

That appears cute, however extra attention-grabbing is what Monomi Park co-founder and Slime Rancher 2 director Nick Popovich needed to say concerning the replace on Twitter.

“A be aware about our new zone, Powderfall Bluffs: your complete zone is hidden, it is a secret. Not an unimaginable one, however one thing {that a} participant *may* by no means discover if casually taking part in Slime Rancher 2 and never checking wikis and such,” writes Popovich. “In gamedev you usually at all times at all times ensure that the participant sees and experiences the factor you spent your cash on, or else why did you spend the cash? This in fact makes a bunch of sense, however I believe over time this has result in individuals having the identical expertise in a given recreation.”

With this Slime Rancher 2 replace, they needed to create a scenario the place, “sooner or later years from now somebody who missed this replace information shall be dozens of hours into SR2 and stumble into Powderfall Bluffs and it’ll blow their thoughts.” Popovich says that “a second like that may be a very explicit form of magic that I’ve solely ever present in video games.”

I am all in favour of this. There’s an amazing thrill not solely in stumbling throughout surprises like a hidden space, however in realizing that these surprises may nonetheless be ready in a recreation you’ve got performed for tons of of hours. I like not realizing the place the perimeters of an expertise are, whether or not that is being uncertain precisely what style Sweet Field is working inside, not realizing on which objects an immersive sim developer determined to blow their funds, or outright secrets and techniques like Powderfal Bluffs.

Slime Rancher 2 appears fairly nice normally, though maybe discovering these secrets and techniques will counter the sensation that it is in any other case too acquainted.


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