Helsinki-based Second Order, a studio founded by two former Trials developers, has announced its first game, Claybook, and it looks more fun than messing with Play-Doh as a kid.
The gameplay sounds like it will build upon the physics-based hijinks that studio founders Sebastian Aaltonen and Sami Saarinen accomplished at RedLynx on the Trials series. According to the game’s website, Claybook has “you step into the shoes of brave kids who bring the Claybook to life. Each chapter of the book challenges you with unique obstacles and puzzles. You possess clay blobs and morph them to different shapes in order to overcome tricky situations. Each shape has its own strengths and weaknesses, some even have special powers.”
In order to create the in-game clay so that it feels like you’re playing with real-life clay, Second Order developed a new technology it’s calling Clayfield, which it claims “can render and simulate rich volumetric clay environments. Clayfield makes new kind of user generated content possible” in Unreal Engine 4. What sounds really interesting is that the clay itself is not just an empty model with a solid exterior, but a filled-in 3D object that can be manipulated in a variety of ways.
A release date has yet to be announced, but the game is confirmed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.