The Blue Box saga continues, and now that it is abundantly clear this is not some secret Hideo Kojima troll, it’s just sort of turned into an endless comedy of errors and fan frustration, as we try to figure out what exactly is happening here.
After a large number of delays and technical issues, Blue Box finally did put its Abandoned PS5 “trailer app” live. No one really understood what this was supposed to be at first, but now that it’s here, we have some idea.
After a 5 GB update yesterday, the Abandoned app now had a new menu screen that has placeholders for future releases, which include a number of different teasers and trailers and promises of a playable demo, at…some point. There’s no unlock timeline here, no word on how long these slots may remain blank.
The only thing that went live yesterday was a teaser that lasted for about three seconds, the legs of someone walking across a floor, a teaser that already was shown a few days ago.
Naturally, fans are annoyed that after all this build-up and a 5 GB app update, this is all that was shown from the game.
I will say there is actually kind of a cool idea at the core of this. Not the game, I’m definitely not talking about the game, which we still know nothing about. Rather, the concept of this “trailer app” which shows “realtime” footage of the game. I wasn’t quite clear on what this meant at first, but it’s an idea that you can see how the game actually performs on PS5. As in, if a game is 4K 60 fps with ray-tracing, you can see that running in “real time” through the app, as opposed to say, a YouTube video where you are losing a ton in translation.
We see this all the time with game promotion, things debuting on livestreams in questionable quality, only to debut later on YouTube with a full 4K version later looking much better. Now, this is one level beyond that, showing off things like ray-tracing and other graphical features. It’s a cool idea, and very well may be the future of game promotion.
But Abandoned? I’m over it. While no, this is not a Hideo Kojima psyop, I also don’t think it’s a full-on scam like others are saying. This reads to me like a tiny developer that got in way over its head, and I have serious doubts about what will actually be produced at the end of this road. Sony leant Abandoned a huge amount of credibility with a featured blog post a while ago, and none of this would have happened without that. I think they have some responsibility to explore and explain what’s actually going on with this game, but if not, I guess we have some more “realtime” trailers to look forward to…at some undisclosed time in the future.
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