Megaton Rainfall began life as a one man project. Back in 2012, Alfonso del Cerro began work alone from his bedroom. Since then, Megaton Rainfall has become quite something else after the expansion of the game’s dev team. Finally, after all this time, it will release on the PlayStation Store on September 26th. Those who have been following the game throughout its lengthy development cycle are cautiously optimistic. But why aren’t they beyond that, jumping with joy?
The player will inhabit a flying humanoid superbeing, defending the Earth from an alien invasion. Enemies can range from speedy enemy fighter ships, to morphing foes disguised as normal buildings to giant motherships.
We have been led to believe that, with no loading screens, we will be able to fly from one side of the planet to the other. Dishing out alien destruction as we go, we must take care to minimise human casualties in the pursuit of a decent position on the online leaderboard. This sounds well and good but there have been concerns about the overall quality of the game as, frankly, it sounds too good to be true. Are we capable of making these kinds of games yet… without load screens? If this game ends up true to its developer’s word, it could be groundbreaking.
Del Cerro has been cited as a strong advocate for taking the time needed to ensure the game suffers no criticism on release. Speaking recently on the PlayStation Blog, he goes on to say “Developing a game this complex has been the toughest task I have ever undertaken, and I’ve always wanted the finest quality possible.That’s why we have delayed the launch several times”.
Initial gameplay reveals of Megaton’s latest build look beautiful. As the superbeing, a singular shot can destroy buildings completely. Telekenisis can also be used to catch enemy projectiles and rescue innocent human lives. What intrigues us the most is the ability to leave Earth, explore moons and even walk on the surface of the sun! Del Cerro has even stated that, no matter how you play (2D, PS4, PS4 Pro or VR), Megaton will run at a smooth 60FPS no matter what. Megaton Rainfall could well be the next big thing for VR audiences looking for a fresh new thrill after the waning of the current games cycle for VR. Yet, there’s no denying… this may leave us feeling a little nauseated. Let’s find out first hand on September 26th! No word yet on a final price point for Megaton Rainfall