From the very beginning of working on The Sojourn, Team Lead, Shifting Tides, wanted to tell a sweeping tale of light and darkness through a puzzle game. A story of life itself and understanding the true nature of reality. The Sojourn is available, and now they can finally tell the story.
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The Sojourn and its Challenging game puzzles
They didn’t know when they started working on The Sojourn that they’d be making a puzzle game. But eventually, it organically shifted in that direction. Their game designer started working on a multitude of ideas and after testing some puzzles. Using nothing but a whiteboard, they believed they had found the direction they were looking for.
The Sojourn is a game that ended up telling a lot of its story through puzzles symbolism and metaphors. But what they’re most proud of is the core of the game: the challenging puzzles. Every time you think you’ve fully mastered what The Sojourn presents you with, it’ll throw you a curveball.
A relaxing experience
They always wanted to play The Sojourn to be relaxing so you could easily focus on getting through difficult challenges. The colorful environments and serene music are very important parts of that, but so is the story. Instead of long texts or cutscenes and voice-overs that interrupt your gameplay, they made The Sojourn with a focus on telling a story through its world and puzzles.
Most importantly, however: this makes the experience of playing it way more personal because The Sojourn won’t interpret its story for you and you don’t have to engage with it if you don’t want to. How you engage with the game is completely up to you.
Over the years of developing this game, they put in a huge amount of time implementing and perfecting all of the ideas embodied in The Sojourn. It was very important to them that the art in the game was not only breathtaking but also in line with the story. They crafted four distinct art styles for each chapter of the game, which each convey certain stages of life. One year into the development of The Sojourn, they decided that the art they had wasn’t good enough, so they scrapped it and started over from scratch. They also put in a tremendous amount of effort into designing the puzzles, since it was important to them that they felt as natural and organic as possible.
Harmony was their goal – for the gameplay, art, puzzle designs and music. For these to align with the message they wanted to get across required hours of discussion and a lot of polishing through trial and error during development.
The Sojourn game enhancements
They have added an option to either favor performance or favor resolution on the Xbox One X version of the game. What this means, is that you’ll be able to switch between a native 4K resolution with the game running at 30fps and 1080p resolution at 60fps at will. They really want you to be able to play The Sojourn in whatever way you’re most comfortable with the hope this game feature will help a lot in that regard.
The Sojourn is available on Xbox One, PS4, and the Epic Games Store on Windows PC.
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