During their press conference at Gamescom 2014, Sony announced Tearaway Unfolded, which they branded as a new title. It didn’t make sense not to live for fun to port the game once on Playstation Vita to the new Playstation 4, so they rebuilt it.
Turns out that the game is actually the original Tearaway, but with some differing content. Some wires must’ve been crossed in communication there, but developer Media Molecule clarified on their site:
This is the same game as the Vita version, but just on the PS4 🙂 We’ve retold the story to make use of the unique controls of the Dualshock 4, in the same way that Tearaway on the Vita made use of the unique controls on there 🙂
Originally, Tearaway used the tactile options of the PS Vita to let your fingers glide across the screen through the use of the back touchscreen. Together with more ways to interact, it made an exemplary title for using the capabilities of the handheld.
Given the PS4 is different, Tearaway Unfolded opts to alter dynamics to fit the controller’s features instead. For instance, it’s possible to throw a paper wad through the screen, which will manifest in the controller through sound, before being able to fling it back with the touchpad.
There’s also the option to illuminate areas in the game with the use of the controller’s light as a makeshift light source.
During the conference, Sony also showcased wind mechanisms to have paper fly around and such. Tearaway Unfolded is still a charming title, but it is sad to see the PS Vita become a bit less appealing with the loss of an exclusive.