Here’s an overview of the game, via Bandai Namco:
Developed by Game Studio, SYNDUALITY is a sci-fi third-person shooter set in a dystopian futuristic world where humans and AI must coexist and cooperate in order to survive.
SYNDUALITY takes place in the year 2222, years after a mysterious poison rain called “The Tears of the New Moon” wiped out most of humanity and gave birth to deformed creatures that now hunt the populace. In the midst of the disaster, humans are forced to build an underground sanctuary called Amasia, where they discover and work with forms of artificial intelligence called Magus.
In the game, players follow in the footsteps of Drifters, people who make a living by collecting AO Crystals, a rare resource available on Earth. In this quest, they must face xenomorph creatures known as Enders, and they can rely on Magus, their AI partners, to guide them through their journey, aiding them in battles and providing directions, hints, and warnings give. Along the way, they will develop and strengthen the bond between player and AI. Gameplay and combat in SYNDUALITY revolves around Cradle Coffins, armed vehicles that players roam the surface in and which they can fully personalize, from appearance to weapon loadout, to fit their own playstyle. SYNDUALITY will also have multiplayer, with other drifters joining the players to help or turn against them in their missions, hindering their progress or fighting to loot their valuable resources.
“SYNDUALITY is a project we can’t wait for players to get their hands on,” said Yosuke Futami, producer of Bandai Namco, in a press release. “We worked with famous designers like Neco for character design and Ippei Gyoubu for the mechanical design and team at Game Studio worked together to create a fun shooter with strong core gameplay and a unique focus on the relationship between AI and humans, where the bond that develops between players and their Magus drives the gameplay and influences the story.”
Here are some additional details from producer Yosuke Futami PlayStation Blog:
It all started a few years ago when our team got together and passionately discussed how to break ourselves into the sci-fi genre or even break the whole sci-fi genre barrier. With the advent of technology these days and the increasing importance of artificial intelligence in our daily lives, we were particularly interested in how humans and AI would interact in the future. Will they coexist? Do they share the same belief in feelings or feelings? Can they intertwine? Those were the questions that eventually led to an exodus of this project and hopefully you would join us to find out together adventureso it is in front of you.
SYNDUALITY is set in a dystopian future where poisonous rain and deformed creatures are ravaging the world, where you and your AI partner must find a way to work together and reclaim lost terrain for humanity. To add to the excitement, we’ve teamed up with celebrity designers Neco (for character design) and Gyobu (for mech design) to bring their unique sci-fi style to the game. Please watch the reveal trailer below for a first look at the game.
The world of Amasia
The year is 2222. It has been years since Tears of the New Moon, a mysterious rain, poured out and wiped out almost all of humanity. The toxic rain spawned deformed creatures that devoured humans, and humanity fled the danger. As a means for Survive, the people then build an underground shelter; Amasia. In this newly built dystopian city, in a quest to sustain their existence, they encounter an artificial intelligence named the Magus. Without knowing how things will work out between them, the story of how humans and AI fall together and try to find their truths begins.
Search for scarce resources in your crib
In the world of SYNDUALITY, you take on the role of drifters who make a living by collecting AO crystals; a rare resource that can only be obtained in a dangerous terrestrial environment. You take on each mission in your Cradle Coffin – an armed vehicle that gives you mobility throughout the adventure. Players can personalize their Cradle Coffin – not only its appearance, but also the weapons it is equipped with, so your Cradle Coffin suits your own playstyle.
Get to know your AI partner Magus
You are not alone on this journey. An AI partner called the Magus will fly alongside your mech in combat to give you directions, hints and warnings so you can complete your missions safely. Discover unique interactions and dialogues with Magus depending on different situations.
Battle against enemies and other players (PvPvE)
On the vast battlefield, you will encounter xenomorph creatures known as Enders who will try to stop you from collecting the AO Crystals. You can use different types of weapons attached to the Cradle Coffin to fend off these incoming enemies.
Immerse yourself in intense PvPvE combat. When playing online you will also encounter other players trying to complete their own missions – be careful, they could potentially hinder your progress.
We would like to officially welcome you to the world of SYNDUALITY. Please stay tuned for more information!