Teardown Hands-Off Preview – A Full Package of Fun (PS5)

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Officially releasing just over a year ago on PC, Teardown became a smash hit amongst indie fans. The power to destroy anything and everything was a simple yet genius idea, one that many flocked towards. The success of the title had many wondering when it would make its way onto consoles, and now it finally has.

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Ahead of the game’s launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 15, FandomWire had the opportunity to sit down with core members of Tuxedo Labs, CEO Marcus Dawson and Community Manager Daniel Lindvall, as gameplay from the upcoming console release of the game was played through in real time.

Teardown is a Breath of Fresh Air in the Console Gaming Space

Teardown finally makes its way onto consoles.
Teardown finally makes its way onto consoles.

Teardown is first and foremost a puzzle game, but the intricacies in the multiple different styles of play separate it from others in the genre. As the title suggests, the heart of the game is within its incredibly well-implemented environmental interactivity. Almost every single piece of the game world can be torn down. Your objective is to quickly formulate a plan that allows you to complete all your goals within the specified limits.

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This results in an incredibly fun time! The game gives you an ample amount of tools to use to dispose of debris, including multiple weapons as well as vehicles like tanks.

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Every level is jam packed with new ways to explore the environment. When asked about secrets within the game, the team responded:

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There are secrets hidden in levels – like lore and certain specific secret hideouts.

When it comes to story, Teardown is interesting, and the world is completely filled with awesome lore to find scattered around the levels.

The Teardown PS5 Version is Very Well Polished

Teardown Runs at an incredible frame rate on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S with Ray Tracing.
Teardown Runs at an incredible frame rate on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S with Ray Tracing.

Despite the preview mainly showcasing an older build of the game, I didn’t notice any major issues related to the title’s optimization. The team over at Tuxedo has put a lot of time and effort into making sure that the game is in the best state possible before release.

On PS5 and Xbox Series X, in Performance Mode, the game manages to average around 120 FPS at 1080p. Quality mode takes the resolution a step even further, kicking it up to 1620p and averaging 60 FPS. The Series S version runs at 1080p at 60 FPS. The game looks incredibly gorgeous, as it utilizes the power of the gameplay’s physics system’ with the added benefit of the lighting system and ray tracing.

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Any and all frame dips happened due to preloaded mods, but since modders are less strict when it comes to a stable frame rate, this is not necessarily a surprise. The game’s frame rate stays quite consistent throughout the main levels, which is a testament to the amazing optimization from the team.

What’s awesome to hear is that the game will also support the DualSenses’ haptic feedback and vibrational features. Each of the multiple different vehicles has its own distinctive feel and charm. They are also all considerably different from one another.

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Tuxedo Labs Wants to Continue to Support Teardown

Teardown to get multiple DLCs in the upcoming months.
Teardown to get multiple DLCs in the upcoming months.

Mods have been a hard thing to implement on consoles for several reasons, but the team at Tuxedo Labs confirmed that the next-gen console version of the game will include the top ten community-made mods. Some of the mods that were showcased to me were the Dog mod, the Tyrannosaurs Rex mod, and the Oak Village level mod.

The Oak Village mod stood out to me, as it showed the game’s amazing graphical capabilities in full action. The reflections and the moving wind also added so much to the atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, levels all over the game’s multiple-hour campaign will have changing weather conditions. These season changes affect gameplay as well. For example, in one of the levels, a tornado appeared and had to be avoided.

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Sandbox mode allows the player to freely do whatever they want and share their creations of maps with the rest of the community. Here, you can add multiple textures to the game that all have an incredible amount of detail both inside and out.

The developers also have a well-thought-out roadmap for what is to come. This new version of the game will release alongside a DLC, Time Campers, which has you going back in time to the wild west to do some camping, Teardown-style. And that’s not all, as more DLCs are already in the works.

Not a Fan of Puzzle Heist Games? There’s Still Much to Look Forward to with Teardown

Tuxedo Labs plans to make Teardown more than just a Puzzle Heist game.
Tuxedo Labs plans to make Teardown more than just a Puzzle Heist game.

Tuxedo Labs has also planned two DLCs for release next year, alongside one that will already be releasing in spring and will focus on racing, titled Folkrace. Speaking to the team, they expressed how they want Teardown to become something even greater than it already is. Rolling out constant updates and DLCs will give this game the longevity it deserves.

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For those eager to get their hands on the game and its DLCs, you’ll be delighted to know that multiple different editions of the game will be available, including the Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition.

One of the last things shown to me was a Tropical Resort level where a ship had to be sunk as the main goal. The path to victory is not always obvious, and creativity is awarded. In the preview, first a path was carved out to reach a boat, and then, after reaching it, the boat was taken to the location in order to sink the main objective ship. It was a relatively simpler mission, but one that was exciting nonetheless.

Another level included patrolling robots that seemed to have well done AI. Taking out all of them will make the progressive fight with one of the big mantis robots significantly easier. The game does not hold back any punches, which is what has attracted many to this amazing title.

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Overall, I was positively surprised and am now incredibly optimistic for the release of Teardown on next-gen consoles.

Excited for Teardown? Will you be picking it up on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by Adil Farooq

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Ever since he can remember, Adil has been deeply embedded within the world of video games, movies, TV shows, and music. And on his off days, you'll find him playing guitar, and working on his aforementioned music and the like.