Silver Surfer is certainly one of Marvel Comics’ strangest creations. He is not as oddly designed as M.O.D.O.K. (who is actually an evil model of Humpty Dumpty), or as far-fetched as Howard the Duck (the pants-less detective surprise), however he rides a surfboard by house and feeds planets to a giant man. He’s a head-scratcher of a hero, however he is likable, and backed by a narrative fueled by love, energy, and cosmic intrigue.
And that brings us to the query of why I’m pondering of Silver Surfer on this explicit second.
When I booted up Fortnite final weekend to take a look at the brand new Ant-Man skin, I scrolled by the store to see what else was out there for buy. I did not count on to see a barrage of Marvel characters and kit, as licensed content material would not usually return after the preliminary providing. I debated getting Venom, Daredevil, and Black Widow, however was capable of maintain off on making impulse purchases. That wasn’t the case with Silver Surfer. Supporting my hypocritical stance on licensed cameos in video games, I bought him instantly, after which in a second of weak spot, additionally picked up Captain America simply so I may give Silver Surfer his superb protect. The mixture of Surfer and protect was an excessive amount of for my comedian mind to withstand.
Following my spending spree, I booted up a Solo match to take a look at my shiny new pores and skin in motion. After leaping from the Battle Bus and summoning the surfboard for a easy glide to the bottom, I used to be hit with the will to play a sport similar to this. It materialized in my thoughts: Explore alien worlds, scan them for minerals and life, after which decide if that planet must be fed to Galactus, a being you’ll be able to’t belief, but should appease in case you hope to be freed from him. That’s the sport, and its basis traces up completely with Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky.
I am unable to consider a greater mixture of license and developer. The subsequent closest could be Remedy doing a Star Wars sport after making Control among the best Jedi-like experiences I’ve ever performed. Hello Games already has the proper roadmap to assist the Silver Surfer, and would simply want to determine the right way to inject story-heavy cutscenes into the combo.
Those story beats would possible bookend scripted gameplay moments. Much like No Man’s Sky, the participant may nonetheless discover a universe stuffed with 18 quintillion planets, however particular planets or cases must happen at particular occasions to drive the narrative ahead and create a cohesive arc that strikes from chapter to chapter.
Holding true to the Surfer’s comedian e book historical past, the sport I see ought to start landlocked with gamers controller Norin Radd on his homeworld Zenn-La. It may very well be a quiet second with Radd at house with Shalla-Bal, his lifelong love (their story is wild and is nicely price investigating if you do not know it). When this utopian planet is threatened by an alien presence, Radd is shipped to house to analyze it. This second may very well be Hello Games’ approach of handing the baton from one sport to the following, with the spacecraft being the primary one the participant pilots in No Man’s Sky.
The menace that Radd confronts is Galactus, and he is right here to eat the resource-rich Zenn-La. Radd pleads with the world eater to spare his world. Galactus agrees, however provided that Radd turns into his herald, a helper who will find different planets that may be consumed. With no different approach of saving Zenn-La and Shalla-Bal, Radd transforms into Silver Surfer, and the true sport begins.
It’s at this level that the participant can go wherever and the near-infinite loop of discovery of No Man’s Sky takes heart stage. With Galactus all the time lurking shut by, you can be requested to analyze planets to see if they’ll sate his starvation. Turning a planet over to him means all life on it should perish. The assets it may provide you with would even be misplaced. At sure factors within the sport, Galactus will starvation for various minerals and extra of them over time. Those assets would even be used to energy up the Silver Surfer, solely he mines them on planet surfaces (once more pushing you to maintain some worlds round). With sufficient minerals gained, Surfer ultimately turns into sturdy sufficient to battle Galactus, defeat him, and be free once more. That’s the endgame aim.
As a lot as Surfer needs to be freed from his grasp, he should hold him glad with planetary meals. His satisfaction is represented on a meter that slowly depletes over time. If it is diminished to nothing, it is sport over. The participant might want to make tough choices with which planets are spared or misplaced. Some worlds might should be consumed with out even scanning them simply to maintain Galactus consumed lengthy journeys. When a planet falls, I’d love for the participant to get a report of what was misplaced: what number of species, beings, assets, applied sciences, all of it.
At explicit story factors, two essential planets may very well be dangled in entrance of Surfer, and he should resolve which one is misplaced. The one that continues to be may open up a brand new facet story, whereas the one that’s misplaced shuts down a unique one.
Since Surfer is likely one of the mightiest heroes within the Marvel universe, fight could be plentiful, with house battles erupting within the orbits of superior planets, in addition to floor warfare on worlds which might be extra prehistoric of their wildlife.
I see Silver Surfer as a sport of gaining energy, and the participant has company in how and when it’s obtained. They are free to discover the cosmos and can encounter issues their buddies by no means do. It’s additionally a narrative of affection, which sees Surfer going again to Zenn-La periodically to examine in on Shalla-Bal. And it is a sport of loss and destruction introduced on by Galactus’ starvation and Surfer’s weaknesses.
I’m positive the Silver Surfer will ultimately make an enormous splash within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (possible when the Fantastic Four are launched), however when and the way that occurs stays to be seen. What I do know is that his good sport is there for the making (no less than I feel it’s). Odds are Hello Games will proceed including to No Man’s Sky for years to return, but when that improvement crew needs to attempt one thing a bit of completely different, they need to ring Marvel, or Marvel ought to ring them. I can assure no less than one copy will probably be bought.