Heart Machine, developers behind the successful indie game, Hyper Light Drifter, are back with their forthcoming release, Solar Ash. Originally intended for an October release, the studio announced a short delay to further polish the game as well as resolve bugs that may hamper the game at launch.
Featuring a bright, vibrant, world and a mesmerising soundtrack, it's almost systems go before players descend into the void. Here's everything you need to know about Solar Ash, from its exact release date and time to the PC system requirements, gameplay and features.
Solar Ash release date and time
Following a delay in October, Solar Ash has a new release date of 2nd December 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC, via the Epic Games Store. The game is scheduled to release at 7 pm GMT +2, according to the game’s page on the PlayStation website.
Solar Ash is an action-adventure platformer game from developers Heart Machine and published by Annapurna Interactive. The players will follow the game’s protagonist, Rei, a “voidrunner”, as she explores a colourful 3D-styled world that’s filled with alien planets and territories for resources, artefacts and more.
Through her explorations, she’ll encounter plenty of enemies and bosses as she fights to save her home planet from the notorious Ultravoid, a supermassive black hole. To prevent her home from an apocalyptic-like fate, she uses her unique skillset including speed and traversal abilities to defeat those who plan to stop her from succeeding.
According to a Polygon interview with Heart Machine creative director Alyx Preston, Solar Ash will feature fast-paced fluid gameplay that speaks to the heart of the game. “The giant spaces, the feel of movement, the flow of combat and the high stakes battles atop enormous beasts all come together to bring players something we think is incredibly unique and more importantly, fun.”
Players can check out the trailer below to get a better perspective on the game’s unique aesthetic and gameplay design.
The game will not require any internet capabilities, meaning there will be no online multiplayer planned for the game. Furthermore, Solar Ash is confirmed to be a single-player experience for players to enjoy either on console or PC.
PC system requirements
As the game is visually stunning to behold, players aren’t required to have a monster PC to meet the PC system requirements for Solar Ash.
Solar Ash minimum requirements
- OS: Windows® 7 (64-bit only)
- Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 455 or Intel Core i3-2115C 2.0GHz.
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 or AMD Radeon R5 340 (OEM).
- DirectX: Version 9
- Storage: 15 GB available space
Solar Ash recommended requirements
- OS: Windows® 10 (64-bit only)
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 or Intel Core i5-750S 2.4GHz.
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R7 360X.
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 15 GB available space
While this year has proven to be one full of gaming delays, the wait for Solar Ash will surely be worthwhile for both fans and eager console and PC players.
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Featured image courtesy of Annapurna Interactive.