In Midgar, the slums bustle with people, mako reactors smolder, and the soil turns to dust; carried by breezes flowing through the smog-filled air. The whole place can be washed well. A new hero appears through the fog, dressed in blue, wielding a… power puck.
Okay, maybe you can’t rid the world of the scourge of Shinra, but you can may just clear the world! While Avalanche deals with Shinra, you will deal with the consequences. The only power struggle you are tasked with is keeping that puck.
We are proud to have worked with the Final Fantasy VII team to bring PowerWash Simulator players to one of the games most iconic cities in a fresh and authentic way. Players will fall in love with him all over again in the new Midgar special pack, which will be released on March 2nd.
Free for all PowerWash Simulator owners, the expansion features five dirty new maps to wash and explore, including iconic locations, vehicles and mechanisms. I’ll go over to some of the FuturLab designers who worked on the Midgar Special Pack to take a closer look at the inspiration behind the two tiers, Scorpion Sentinel and Seventh Heaven.
A powerful guard scorpion
One of the most memorable fights in Final Fantasy VII is undoubtedly the Scorpion Sentinel, making him the perfect job for the Midgar Special. The player will encounter the Sentinel before deploying it against members of the Avalanche, and here it is seen that Shinra has undergone a series of tests to evaluate its various defensive capabilities.
We’ve introduced various scratches and ricochet marks with the new Battle Damage dirt type. In addition, the Scorpion Sentinel bears the effects of an experiment with one of Professor Hojo’s specimens, as seen by the stains of biological residue present around the machine from the creature’s attacks. Since the Sentinel is powered by Mako energy (my favorite new type of dirt), we placed it in key areas to illustrate how the Sentinel achieved its capabilities. The rest of the dirt is mostly dirt that accumulated during the various tests the Scorpion Sentinel was put through.
“When recreating the iconic Scorpion Sentinel in PowerWash Simulator, we really wanted the Sentinel to feel alive, so that you could see different animations like his wandering eyes and claws. We also wanted to be able to interact with it, so players could move the Sentinel’s arms to get different angles to clear.”
– Federico D’Apote, designer
The magical seventh heaven
As for the Midgar special set, we knew for sure that we had to tackle the best bar in Sector 7 and home of Avalanche, Seventh Heaven. Not only does this give players a chance to hear favorite FFVII characters like Cloud and Tifa (while also getting to clean up some of the coolest weapons in the game, like Barrett’s gun and Cloud’s sword), but our first-person perspective also gives you the chance to take get to know Tifa’s decorating skills better and explore areas of the bar that players couldn’t see so easily before.
“Bars, especially dystopian fantasy ones, often abound in environmental narratives and attract all kinds of filth. Tifa had to teach Don Corneo’s disrespectful lackeys. So, we completely covered the floor with footprints, splattered food and drink stains on the countertops and walls, and some general accumulations of aging and neglect in those hard-to-reach areas. This results in a very satisfying cleaning experience with a unique Final Fantasy finish!”
– Sam Jenkins, designer
In addition to the Scorpion Sentinel and Seventh Heaven, you’ll also spray the Hardy Daytona and Shinra Hauler, the Mako Energy Exhibit, and the formidable Airbuster.
Whether you’re a scavenger or a chaotic scavenger, each map will give you the time and space to appreciate the fascinating city and some of Shinra’s best technology like never before… you know, because this time they’re not attacking you.
While the city’s fate may be sad, maybe you can help clear the way for a few brave heroes. The special Midgar pack for PowerWash Simulator is out on March 2nd.