A new trailer has been released for omno, the trip-inspired atmospheric adventure game being developed by solo developer Jonas Manke. The video takes viewers through a variety of biomes, shows strange-looking animals and shows off unique platforming mechanisms. omno is currently slated for release in Summer 2021 for PS4, Xbox One (as an Xbox Game Pass title), Steam, and Switch.
Although we don’t know much about omno‘s story, the official website states that the game is about “a journey through an ancient world of wonders”. The main character wields a magical staff that allows the player to glide through deserts, fly and even warp to distant locations. The game will also feature puzzle mechanics and large, explorable spaces that will help the character “get lost, but in a good way”.
The similarities with thatgamecompany trip is not lost for Manke. He states: in an interview with Epic Games that it was “a masterpiece that certainly influences” [his] However, he also notes that there are also major differences, such as a wide variety of animals, and movement mechanics such as running and teleporting.
The game initially started as a side project for Manke, who worked as a freelance character animator in Germany. However, after prototyping, he put the game on Kickstarter for funding after encouragement from family and friends, and the campaign eventually more than tripled its goal. Manke would later become one of the first Epic MegaGrant recipients, working full-time on the game.
You can watch the full trailer below:
Studio Inkyfox, Manke’s one-man game studio, has also released a playable demo titled Omno: Prologue on Steam, for those who want to get a taste of the game before its official launch. In the demo, players can get a glimpse of some of the game’s mechanics, as well as the beautiful low-poly environment and lighting.
[Source: Unreal Engine blog, YouTube]