During today's Inside Xbox briefing, viewers were introduced to a game that's been around for some time on PC, but is just now heading to consoles. Nestled right after the opening shot of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla was Bright Memory: Infinite, a rad-looking first-person shooter. It's a finished version of Bright Memory, a game you can already find on Steam.
Bright Memory, which looks and plays like Bulletstorm meets Devil May Cry, is the work of FYQD-Studio. It tells the story of a young woman named Shelia who works for the Supernatural Science Research Organization (SRO) and is trying to prevent a military organization from acquiring a power that bridges two worlds. But the story is incidental compared to the combat, which sees Sheila using guns, a sword, and supernatural powers to combo enemies around the battlefield.
Up until last year, the studio was comprised of a single developer, Zeng "FYQD" Xiancheng. Xiancheng built the title in Unreal Engine 4, using plug-ins like iClone Live Link and 3DXchange to shortcut the process. The game has been on Steam Early Access since early 2019, selling around 525,000 copies and netting positive review. It garnered attention primarily due to the graphics, actually ending up as a showcase title during Nvidia's GTC-China 2020 keynote presentation.
Bright Memory is not without controversy though. While the game was primarily developed by Xiancheng, he admitted in early 2019 that he used stolen, unlicensed assets for the original release. Those assets were replaced for subsequent releases with assets that more reflected the developer's hobbyist nature and Xiancheng vowed to play the original artists for their work. Following that original version, FYQD-Studio restarted development from scratch.
"Bright Memory: Episode 1is kind of a demo or crowdfunding version. Due to unexpected sales performance and since we have appropriate conditions now, we are planning on refining this game," said the studio in a message on Steam. "Bright Memory: Infinite will be released as the final version after completing the development."
Japanese indie house Playism became the worldwide publisher of Bright Memory in November of last year. With Playism's help, voice acting and localization were brought to the table, with full Japanese and English voice overs, Japanese subtitles, and improved English subtitles and menus.
At least on Steam, players who purchase the current version of Bright Memory will also get Bright Memory: Infinite for free. Everyone else can enjoy the game on Xbox Series X when it launches.