In a new interview, Bugsnax developer Young Horses talks about the game’s inspritation, its theme song, and developing on the PlayStation 5.
In an interview with USgamer, Bugsnax developer Young Horses provides details on how they got the idea for the game, making its catchy theme song, and developing on the PlayStation 5.
“It was an interesting process for us, because when we started internally pitching ideas to one another on what we would do next, the general idea was that we would try to do something entirely unique again,” says Phillip Tibitoski, co-founder and President of Young Horses. “That’s what we promised ourselves with Octodad. Like, ‘hey, if this does well, we’re not going to immediately go back to the Octodad well.’ Even though we love it, we’re going to try to do something entirely new.”
For those that don’t know, Bugsnax centers around a journalist who is sent to a mysterious island by adventurer Elizabert Megafig. As the game goes on, you learn more about the island and the Bugsnax creatures you’ll encounter along the way. Additionally, there will be over 100 different Bugsnax to discover. Tibitoski also says the game has been in the works for almost a decade with its nine-person team.
Among the other topics Tibitoski talks about is the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller. “Running around in the environment and feeling the different types of terrain under your feet while sprinting is really cool and weird. Past vibration in games has felt good, it’s a nice addition, but it’s never been essential, I guess. Now, it feels like it makes a big difference in the game, whether it’s running through a stream of water or, when trying to catch a Bugsnak, it being in your trap and finding “oh, is it trying to escape?” You can feel how intense it is and how close it is to escaping.”
One other highlight during its debut at PlayStation’s Future of Gaming showcase is the game’s catchy theme song which was performed by British pop group Kero Kero Bonito. “Personally, I’ve seen them at Schubas here in Chicago a couple times,” continues Tibitoski. “They have really good energy, and a lot of their songs are cute but fun to dance to. A lot of the themes that they’ve been exploring lately have kind of coincided well with what the themes for the game are.”
Bugsnax releases on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC this holiday. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can watch the game’s announcement trailer below. You can also play Octodad: Dadliest Catch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.