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Kotaku Investigates: The place Does The Foam In Foamstars Come From?


Sq. Enix’s new multiplayer shooter Foamstars is out now on PlayStation as part of PlayStation Plus, and there’s one query on the highest of all people’s thoughts. Not “is the sport good?” That appears to be a convincing no (try our impressions for extra on that). The query is the place precisely does the froth in Foamstars come from? Earlier than the sport even launched, there have been many comparisons of the froth— which is used as a projectile in matches—and different, um human bodily fluids.

Now that the sport is out, there are much more questions (and extra raunchy comparisons). Primarily based on Foamstars’ restricted story mode, loading display screen suggestions, and in-game dialogue, it seems that the froth is, in reality, bodily fluid produced by the sport’s protagonists. However the story is likely to be a little bit extra difficult than that.

The primary character gamers take management of is Soa, a pop idol and competitor within the Foamsmash event. In Soa’s story we study that as a younger lady, she actually hated her physique “for making foam.” Because of this the manufacturing of froth is a bodily perform and foam is a bodily fluid, although Soa pondering on the time that she was a freak additionally makes it clear that not everybody on this planet of Foamstars produces foam.

A kid in an elevator being bullied for producing foam

Screenshot: Sq. Enix

The Foamstars themselves all look like individuals who can produce and wield foam, although that is harnessed by way of particular foam/bubble weapons designed by scientists. Although plainly Soa is the one character who explicitly says she produces foam, the sport does loosely counsel that every one Foamstars produce foam, too, as all Foamsmash opponents use their distinctive foam talents.

And should you learn into the sport’s mechanics far more than it’s best to within the hopes of gleaning any extra about foam manufacturing within the Foamstars universe, your curiosity is likely to be piqued by one little element. As a substitute of reloading these foam weapons, there’s a liquid meter that’s depleted and replenished over time. How is it replenishing, precisely?

One factor that also confuses me is why it’s even known as foam within the first place. Soa is depicted as producing bubbles off of her physique in small flashback scenes as a child and bubbles are consistently referenced. Bubble weapons, bubble beasties, bubble power, Bubbleski, and Bathtub Vegas. It’s infinite. Bubble power is particularly complicated to me because it seems to be akin to nuclear energy on this planet of Foamstars, even displaying an enormous explosion as a hypothetical of what would occur if a bubble power core have been destroyed by bubble monsters. Is it foam or bubbles?

“Drive Foam” which is described as “a diluted type of bubble power that pervades our lives, enhanced for optimum aeration and most enjoyable,” suggests foam comes from bubbles. Drive Foam additionally implies scientists have discovered a strategy to harness bubble power and make it into weapons or (going with the nuclear energy comparability) bubble power has mutated some folks on this planet of Foamstars into X-Males-like beings who all have the identical energy—produce foam. Possibly it’s each! I’m nonetheless attempting to determine it out.

Did I miss any important clues or tidbits from Foamstars that designate extra in regards to the foam or the world the sport takes place in? Please let me know. I’ve extra questions than solutions proper now.