Eris DLC Announced for Waveform

The Indie Mine has previously covered the launch of PC game Waveform in our interview with creator Ryan Vandendyck of Eden Industries. Well, we haven’t heard the last from Ryan. The support for the game keeps coming in the form of the first DLC pack releasing next week on Steam. Check out the update summary and full press release below.

Features included and other announcements regarding the Eris DLC:

  • Explore the dwarf planet Eris in 7 brand new levels featuring a new object, the Pulsar, and a new bonus mode, Reverse
  • Embark on a new Deep Space Mode in Eris that utilizes the Reverse effect to challenge you to think backwards!
  • DLC will be free all next week as a thank you to early supporters of Waveform
  • During the free DLC week, we’ll also be hosting our third Leaderboard Challenge. It’ will utilize Eris’ Deep Space Mode and the prize that week will be the indie game Auditorium
Reverse Mode in Waveform

The Eris DLC introduces the all-new Reverse Mode

This is the first of many planned “Planet Packs” that we intend to release as DLC. This one opens up the dwarf planet Eris to players where they can experience the powerful light of the Pulsars. The light from a Pulsar is so strong that it’’ll create a temporary Distortion field, mimicking the fan favourite Distortion bonus level effect. Its light will also reveal nearby hidden objects, however, so although it creates a trippy experience it’s one that works in your favour!

Eris comes with 7 brand new levels that not only feature the Pulsar as a new object, but also include a new bonus mode: Reverse. In this mode, which is also featured in Eris’ Deep Space Mode, you’ll travel from right to left instead of left to right. Although a simple change, it turns the gameplay on its head to create a very fresh experience!

So with a new Deep Space Mode and 7 new levels featuring a new object and a new bonus level, you’d think the good news would stop there – but no! The best part of all is that this DLC is free for a limited time! As a thank-you to the Waveform community and our supportive fans, we’re releasing this DLC free for anyone that has purchased Waveform so far or purchases it anytime next week as a reward for being an early supporter of the game.

To celebrate the release of the DLC, we’ll also be hosting our third Leaderboard Challenge next week. This one will take place on Eris and challenge players to survive in Eris’ Deep Space Mode while the Reverse effect is active. The top 5 finishers on the leaderboard will receive a free Steam copy of the indie game Auditorium, which is a very special giveaway for us since Auditorium is one of the games that inspired me to make Waveform.

You may be interested to know that the development of the content for Eris was inspired by Nintendo. The Pulsar was created as an homage to the Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy level in Yoshi’’s Island in which the screen became a trippy, distorted mess after touching a fuzz ball. Interestingly, the Pulsar was added into Waveform a long time ago, but somehow never made it into the game. The Distortion effect it causes did appear as a bonus level though, but the Pulsar itself remained absent. So we wanted to rectify that through the release of this DLC. The Reverse effect was also inspired by Nintendo, although this time through my professional relationship with them. While working on Luigi’’s Mansion 2, Miyamoto would often tell us to reward players for “going left”, a reference to the number of bonus items he included in Mario 3 that were accessible only by heading left from a level’s starting point, an action he wanted to reward due to not being able to do this in the original Super Mario Bros. Since in the base game of Waveform it’s also impossible to go left, I decided to theme a bonus level around Miyamoto’’s advice. And so the Reverse mode, and indeed the entirety of Eris’ Deep Space Mode, was born!

- Ryan Vandendyck, Eden Industries

Pulsar Distortion plus Refraction in Waveform

The addition of the Pulsar creates distortion fields affecting gameplay

Awesome news for fans of the game, and it’s always great to see developers giving back to the supportive community in the form of giveaways or in this case free DLC. If you’re not already on the bandwagon, Waveform is currently available on Steam.

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Author:Brandon Schmidt

Brandon is the founder and managing director of The Indie Mine in his free time. His preferred medium is video games and he's not shy about his support for the indie development community. You can follow him on Twitter @TheIndieMine.


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