Media Molecule, the Sony studio behind beloved games like LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway, has had their hands full in recent years with an ambitious project. Simply called ‘Dreams’, this new game / toolset takes much of the creative spirit of their previous versions and blows it up to fill a fully voxel-based 3D world.
While the finished product with a traditional campaign isn’t quite ready yet, Mm has already released the Dream maker in Early Access on PS4. If you’re ready to drop $ 30 now, you can go ahead and start doing something cool right away.
Using a controller, you will be able to develop your own music, models, effects, animations, and even complete video games from scratch. However, not everyone has the skills to do everything on their own, so Media Molecule has prioritized asset sharing, quick remix tools, and automatic attribution. As soon as you start the ‘shaping the dream’ part of the game, it’s easy to start running regardless of your creative tendencies or previous experience.
Knowing that I was going to be writing on Dreams at some point, I assigned myself a task to see exactly how much effort it takes to get there. I quickly opted for music creation, so I started small: Mary had a little lamb. I had already taken about 30 minutes of basic tutorials explaining controls and quirks, but got into the music creation tool with a little more than my general knowledge of tracing notes in other software. .
After a few minutes of playing around with the menus, I found the synth piano I needed. I was able to quickly set the melody, tweak some parameters, and that’s it. From there, I could use it as a soundtrack in a game, publish the music resource for other people to use, or just keep it for my own enjoyment. I don’t see much of a market for a simplistic public domain song, so it stays local.
Of course, the authoring tools are only half of the overall experience. The other half is spent enjoying what others have done. I spent a few hours ‘dream surfing’ through other people’s creations, and highlighted some of my favorite finds in the gallery above. And if you have already collected the early access version of Dreams, you can click on each image to learn more about each one.
First-person shooters, rhythm games, pinball machines, gorgeous digital sculptures, classic game remakes, and much more already populate the Dreamverse. And with the promise of PSVR features on the road, the potential Dreams holds excites me more than any other video game slated for 2019.