Tips for zero gravity co-op fun in Heavenly Bodies, available tomorrow
Heavenly Bodies is now just a day away from launch! We can’t believe the time has finally come, but are beyond excited to see our game in everyone’s hands.
To prepare everyone for their inevitably difficult time aboard the station, we’ve put together a checklist of tips and tricks. It’s a must-read for anyone aspiring to become an outstanding cosmonaut.
Tips and Tricks for Mastering Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly Bodies has a very unique physics-based movement system that is unlike any other game. You may only use your hands and arms to move your character and perform maintenance tasks in zero-g. Unsurprisingly, some find it tricky, so we’ve got some advice for those struggling to get the hang of it.
Choose your movement style
We’ve designed multiple “movement styles” in Heavenly Bodies that provide different ways to move your character. Each offers a different challenge level and we encourage you to find the level that works for you.
Classic: This standard style offers a good combination of challenge and fun. You’ll need a firm grip to move effectively, but we’ve made some exceptions to physical realism, making it easier to spin and “swim” through the air by waving your arms.
Assisted: For players who appreciate some freedom of movement. By simply pointing your hands in the direction you want to travel, the character will move effortlessly. It’s fun…and quite liberating.
Newtonian: The ‘physically accurate’ style for those seeking the full gravity experience. None of this “space swimming” nonsense. Every action has a punishing equal and opposite reaction.
The best way to get the job done is to use your hands. Maintaining a firm grip on solid surfaces allows you to push and pull your body and gives you the leverage you need when pressing switches or using tools.
Consult the manual
When in doubt, the Operations Manual gives you the: worth knowing. Check it out during missions for your next goals and important details you don’t want to miss. Plus, it just looks nice.
Keep the camera aligned
There is no “up” in space, but you know when you are upside down. If you are ever confused, press square to realign the camera with your cosmonaut.
Try Grab Toggle and other control options
Weightlessness can be taxing on the body, and for longer space missions it is not unreasonable for fatigue to set in. If you find grab/hold too strenuous, try enabling the Grab Toggle option. This toggles the grab action on and off, rather than holding it down. This can also be useful when moving objects over a long distance.
There are plenty of options to explore in the controls menu and we recommend tuning them to find the configuration that works best for you.
Bring a friend
If the emptiness of space becomes too much for you, try calling a friend via local co-op. You can also invite them to an online session with PlayStation Share Play.
Do not give up!
Professional cosmonauts train for year before you go to the stars, so don’t lose faith! With time and practice you will move like the best of them.
We hope you are now prepared for all the challenges the weightless world has to offer when Heavenly Bodies comes out tomorrow. See you above.