The way is a third-person psychological horror game that tells the story of Marianne, a psychic who can live in two realities at once: our world and the spirit world. The wayThe hallmark of the hallmark is a mechanic we call the “Dual-Reality” gameplay that you can experience today on Xbox Series X | S, PC and with Xbox Game Pass.
At certain points in the game, you are playing in the Material World and the Spirit World at the same time, controlling both avatars simultaneously. It’s both a storytelling and gameplay mechanic, bringing both the main theme of the game to life as well as exploration and puzzle solving. When you are in dual reality, the screen is split vertically or horizontally. Since the two worlds are rendered simultaneously, we needed powerful hardware, like the Xbox Series X consoles | S, to fully realize the potential of the dual reality. However, we still wonder why the game needs a next-gen platform, even though the split screen has been with us for a long time.
The short answer is: what we do with dual reality is very different from multiplayer split screen. The long answer… well, read on.
Most other games that support split screen display two different instances of the same location. In The way, the real and spiritual worlds are completely different and use their own sets of graphical assets, such as models or textures. It’s much more demanding in terms of memory, storage, and rendering cost.
Additionally, effects such as motion blur or ambient occlusion should be calculated and rendered twice. Overall, the game requires a significant amount of VRAM and fast storage, much faster than what was used in the previous generation of hardware. While it might look similar in screenshots or trailers, technically speaking, the dual reality of the game just works differently and is much more power-demanding than the “regular” split screen.
We have worked on The way and the idea of dual reality for a few years and it’s a great time for us to finally leave the game and its innovative mechanics in the hands of the players. Before entering the dark corridors of the abandoned Niwa Hotel, I can only add… appreciate the mystery!
The way is now available on Xbox Series X | S, PC and with Xbox Game Pass.
Bloober Team SA
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