Hello again, PlayStation! Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be releasing a native PlayStation 5 version of Manifold Garden next week on May 20. Best of all, if you own the PS4 version or the PS4 Deluxe Edition, you will be able to upgrade for free!
Here’s our Manifold Garden launch trailer on PS5:
The PS5 version of the game runs native 4K at 60 FPS and charges very quickly. If you want to load the game even faster, you can “Resume” from an activity card and start playing the game within five seconds. We also took full advantage of the haptics made possible by the DualSense wireless controller. Additionally, the entire title supports the game’s official help feature for eligible PlayStation Plus subscribers. Each puzzle in the game’s main progression is fully documented in solution videos without showing you puzzles that you haven’t seen yet.
So what does the extra fidelity of the PS5 version look like in practice for Manifold Garden? An essential part of the game runs through beautiful and impossible architecture, so we’re thrilled that gamers can experience the world as it was meant to be seen – in 4K.
It also means higher levels of detail and more onscreen objects for some of our more complex visual effects:
And finally, the dramatically improved draw distance of the PS5 version really helps create the unsettling and beautiful atmosphere, surrounding the player in an endlessly recurring geometry sequence.
One of our favorite improvements for the PlayStation 5 version is the haptic feedback on the DualSense wireless controller. This technology has allowed us to make the game even more immersive. When you open a distant door, you feel a weak pulse. Likewise, when a laser moves from one side of the screen to the other, you will feel the same direction reflected in the controller. There’s even a particular moment in the game where the geometry appears to be corrupted, and the haptic feedback that comes with it really captures the feeling of a world being torn apart.
We’re also announcing a collaboration with iam8bit today to bring the PS5 version of the game to market, with a brand new sleeve and an exclusive pop-up card if you purchase direct from the iam8bit store. The soundtrack is also released in a gorgeous 2xLP vinyl set with its own gatefold pop-up. We’ve taken a lot of love and care to make sure these are stunning, full-fledged works of art, and we can’t wait for them to reach you. The soundtrack also includes two exclusive tracks not found on any digital version of the soundtrack that accompany the alternate endings found in Manifold Garden. Pre-orders for the physical PlayStation 5 version of the game as well as the 2xLP vinyl set begin today.
Thank you for all your support. After eight and a half years of development and counting, we really couldn’t have made it here without you. We’re absolutely thrilled with the critical and player response, and we hope you enjoy the PS5 version of Manifold Garden as much as we do.