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Shooter and racing vets shift to space platforming.

New Swedish studio Cosmic Picnic is made up of members formerly of EA DICE (the Battlefield: Bad Company, Battlefield 3, Mirrors Edge) and Ghost Games (Need for Speed: Rivals), and its first release is PlayStation 4 title Amazing Discoveries In Outer Space. The Stockholm-based independent developer is aiming for a Fall 2015 release for its 2D space exploration game.

Amazing Discoveries In Outer Space (ADIOS for short) is based on astrophysics, and is said to play like a mix of hardcore platformer Spleunky and space game Kerbal Space Program, with the developers calling it the “sweet spot” between space missions and Bubble Bobble.

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The game features procedurally generated solar systems, each with planets and asteroids to explore. This lets players transition from spaceflight to platformer-style planet exploration. Its developers have included a full simulation of these solar systems, including gravity, temperature, and atmosphere generations. Unlike the first-person shooter Battlefield games, ADIOS features no weapons or killing, though the developer says that “horrible”accidents may occur.

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