Heavenly Bodies is now only a day away from launch! We’re in near disbelief that the time has finally come but are beyond excited to see our game in everyone’s hands.
To get everyone prepared for their inevitably troublesome time aboard the station, we’ve prepared a tips and tricks checklist. It’s a must-read for anyone aspiring to be an outstanding cosmonaut.
Tips and tricks for mastering Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly Bodies has a highly unique physics-based movement system unlike any other game. You must solely use your hands and arms to move your character and perform maintenance tasks in zero-g. Unsurprisingly, some find it tricky, so we’ve got some advice for those struggling to come to grips.
Choose your movement style
We’ve designed multiple ‘movement styles’ in Heavenly Bodies that present different ways for moving your character. Each offers a different challenge level, and we encourage you to find the one that works for you.
Classic: This default style provides a good combination of challenge and fun. You’ll need to keep a firm grip to move around effectively, but we’ve made some exceptions to physical realism which make it easier to spin and ‘swim’ through the air by swinging your arms.
Assisted: For players who may appreciate some ease of motion. Simply pointing your hands in the direction you want to travel will effortlessly move the character along. It’s fun… and rather liberating.
Newtonian: The ‘physically accurate’ style for those seeking the full zero gravity experience. None of this ‘space swimming’ nonsense. Every action has a punishingly equal and opposite reaction.
The best way to get the job done is by using your hands. Keeping a firm grip on solid surfaces will help you push and pull your body around and will give you the leverage you need when flicking switches or using tools.
Consult the manual
When in doubt, the Operations Manual will give you the need-to-knows. Check it out during missions for your next objectives and for key details you won’t want to miss. Plus, it just looks nice.
Keep the camera aligned
There’s no ‘up’ in space, but you’ll know when you’re upside-down. If you ever find yourself topsy-turvy, hit square to realign the camera with your cosmonaut.
Try Grab Toggle and other control options
Weightlessness can be taxing on the body, and for extended space missions it’s not unreasonable for fatigue to set in. If you find grabbing/holding too strenuous, try enabling the Grab Toggle option. This will make the grabbing action toggle on and off, as opposed to having to hold it down. This can also be handy when moving objects over a long distance.
There are plenty of options to explore in the controls menu, and we encourage you to tune them to find the configuration that works best for you.
Bring a friend
If the void of space is all too much on your own, try calling on a friend via local co-op. You can also invite them to an online session with PlayStation Share Play.
Don’t give up!
Professional cosmonauts train for years before taking to the stars, so don’t lose faith! With time and practice you’ll be moving around like the best of them.
We hope that you’re now prepared for all the challenges the weightless world will offer when Heavenly Bodies releases tomorrow. See you up above.