Welcome to the mining conglomerate team! Deep Rock Galactic is a co-op* sci-fi first-person shooter where you play as badass space dwarves assigned to various mining missions on the wealthy but deadly planet Hoxxes IV.
Explore procedurally generated cave systems and navigate 100% destructible environments while completing your mission and battling endless hordes of alien monsters. We’re excited to see some of the features players can experience in the PlayStation 5 version of the game, especially the immersive features of the DualSense wireless controller.
Dig This: The PS4 and PS5 versions of Deep Rock Galactic are available to PlayStation Plus members until February 1.
Haptic feedback and adaptive triggers
Deep Rock Galactic is all about immersion, from dwarfs burrowing into the planet to how the DualSense controller sucks players into the game. Feel detailed haptic vibrations, hear audio from the universe on the speaker of your controller and experience weapon feedback via adaptive triggers.
Each weapon has been given a more distinct feel based on its firepower and mechanics. Haptics and triggers also improve the contrast between heavier and lighter weapons, like feeling the intense, rapid recoil of the Thunderhead Heavy Autocannon or the smoother, longer micro-missile volleys of the Hurricane Guided Rocket System.
The haptic feedback immersion also extends beyond the shooter. Approaching erupting Morkite Pits and beating Dreadnaught Eggs increases the vibration magnitude with a continuous pulse. Boarding the Drop Pod as it blasts through terrain sends a continuous pulse to the controller perfectly timed as the grinder chews through rocks.
We’ve also taken advantage of adaptive triggers to bring even more life to dwarven tools and weapons. Feel extra tension on the trigger when reloading a weapon, or feel zero tension when the weapon clip is dry.
Crushing mining bugs has never been so enjoyable!
With the DualSense controller’s motion sensors, we were able to implement gyro aiming, an option that gives players an extra nuance of aiming. Players also have the option to adjust the axis of rotation of the gyro to use yaw or roll depending on their preference. Depending on how you play, gyro aiming can mean the difference between life and death.
Also, as a bonus in the options menu, you can activate the greeting with the motion sensors. Raising the controller in the air with one hand allows your dwarf to perform the Rock and Stone salute.
Mining conglomerate profits depend on your mission, so assume Mission Control is always watching. By default, you’ll hear Mission Control’s professional voice through your controller’s speaker, selling the experience of a comms link.
Hear intel about incoming enemy waves, mission developments, or maybe when you’ve had a little too much fun at base throwing barrels into the launch bay…
For added satisfaction, you’ll also hear the soft, sweet sound of collected minerals tinkling through the controller’s speaker.
The in-game 3D Terrain Scanner map is an integral part of the Deep Rock experience. This map reveals collectibles and helps players navigate dark cave networks. With a simple click of the touchpad, you can view the map, then use your fingers to rotate, pan and zoom to points of interest.
You can also swipe up on the touchpad to launch flares in the dark, or swipe down to summon your trusty mule, Molly, for a mineral deposit. Swiping left and right on the touchpad also allows you to quickly cycle through gear.
DualSense Controller LED
In Deep Rock Galactic, the duality between light and dark is a big part of the experience. With the DualSense controller, we tried to mimic that by dimming the default controller light. The controller light will then dynamically intensify when you fire a flare in-game. It also reflects your shield and health.
We’re thrilled to have Deep Rock Galactic available on PS4 and PS5, and plan to support it with new free updates throughout the year. The next update introduces a whole new season, including new sub-weapons and more!
Thanks for reading. PlayStation Plus members should make sure to deposit this gem into their library by February 1. Rock and Stone, Miners!
*PlayStation Plus subscription required for online multiplayer. PlayStation Plus is subject to recurring subscription fees charged automatically until cancelled. Full terms: play.st/PSPlusTerms*