Korean developer Shift-Up first announced Project: EVE before the PS5 was even on the market in 2019. Shift Up was founded by famed illustrator Hyung-Tae Kim in 2014. Although it’s taken some time for the team to show off what they’ve been up to, their very first title indeed appears to be something special. If this premiere trailer is anything to go off of, they’re off to a great start!
“I am so delighted to properly unveil to you the very first console title that Shift Up is currently developing: Project Eve.” said Kim in a recent post on Playstation Blog.
The game is set in a dystopian future where humanity has been cast to the side by an invading force of aliens known as the NA:tives. As Eve, the lone survivor of a paratrooper squad sent from “the Colony,” it’s your job to take the now ravaged Earth back from the Na:tives. It’s a short and sweet premise, which I can appreciate in a day and age where many big-name titles tend to emphasize narrative over gameplay.
Fortunately, the trailer does a pretty good job of showing us what the actual gameplay entails (as opposed to just a few minutes of theatrics). The gritty hack and slash action is what many are touting to be a marriage of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, which should fill my palate. Also, as expected, there will be some light RPG mechanics in the form of a system called “Beta Gauge.”
“Acquire Beta Gauge (BG) by parrying and evading in combat. You can then use BG to gain skills like piercing super armor, executing sweeping attacks, interrupting enemy combos, and more. Eve also has a Burst Gauge, which accumulates with successive parries and combos. The gauge can be used to activate buffs and powerful attacks like a leaping stab.”
Eve’s repertoire involves more than just flashy combos, however. The game will have some parkour elements, including “scaling walls, sliding tactically, swinging on ropes, (and more),” according to Kim.
As for a release date, it’s Coming Soon (TM), but director Hyung-Tae Kim promises that he’ll keep players updated and that “We are working hard to make something that we hope you love. “On another note that’s pretty damn wholesome, Kim’s taken it upon himself to gift his entire staff Playstation 5s following the reveal so that they’d have a way of playing the finished product.