Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon Coming Soon to PS4 & PS Vita, Uses Real World Time & Weather

July 31, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

Playing as a jumping spider while you explore the mysterious Blackbird Estate, Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is coming soon to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, complete with cross-buy, cross-save, and a Platinum Trophy.

Able to walk on walls and create webs to catch insects, Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon also includes a gameplay mechanic that changes the weather and time of day based on what’s happening outside your window. Tiger Style Creative Director Randy Smith explained:

Time and weather matter when on the hunt for bugs. At night, the fireflies and crickets emerge while moths circle around lights. When it rains, mosquitoes come out and inchworms dangle by threads. On a clear day, you might smack a hornet nest to do battle with its defenders, or carefully craft a strong web, required to trap the largest insects. And what dictates whether it’s day or night, rain or shine? The real world. Once you give your permission, the game determines where you are, looks up the time of day and current weather, and mirrors those in the game. So when the sun rises or the rain falls outside your window, the same thing happens inside your game at the mysterious Blackbird Estate.

The time and weather also affect the story and puzzles, making you unable to climb a water spout when it’s raining or use an old windmill when it isn’t raining. If you don’t want to wait for the weather to change though, there’s a weather device and time machine, but “only one of them can be used per real world moon phase.”

Inspired by previous games that used real world information to create gameplay, Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon features thirty levels, playable in all four possible conditions, each a new combination of insects, secrets, and features, each with its own leaderboard.

What do you think of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon?

[Source: PS Blog, Shrouded Moon]