It’s a big day in the Dreamiverse, folks! Try not to go off the rails with excitement as we reveal that our arcade puzzler, Tren, will be pulling into the station exclusively in Dreams from August 1st. On top of that, Dreams will also be coming to PlayStation Plus that very same day! That’s er… next week. Wow, that’s real soon. We’d better get those wheels moving.
Good news for all budding Trengineers, then. We’re also trying to keep our composure, as our latest Mm Original has been an absolute labour of love from us here at Media Molecule. This is by far the biggest creation that Mm has released since the initial launch of Dreams way back in 2020 (oof, we feel old).
Still, you might be asking: what even is Tren? Well, to use some BeechCorp* marketing speak, Tren is a remarkable toy engine that challenges you to solve a series of puzzles by getting it from one end of the track to the other. Sound easy? You might think otherwise once you’re faced with the flips, tricks, and acrobatic feats required to complete some truly wild tracks.
We first revealed Tren back in 2021(opens in new tab) at our in-game community convention, DreamsCom, and it’s only grown in scale and ambition since then. Tren began life as the brainchild of our creative director John Beech, who saw the potential of using Dreams to create an ode to his childhood. At its heart, Tren is a game all about the joy of play - after all, while we all have to grow up eventually, you don’t have to lose that spark of childlike wonder.
In John’s own words: “Hi all, it's me John Beech (sometimes CEO of BeechCorp) popping in to say a few words about Tren.
Designing and working on Tren has been a huge career highlight for me. Starting out as a solo passion project I worked on in my spare time, to a full Mm Original experience utilising all the great skills and talents of the wonderful people at Mm, every moment has been a joy.
It's chock full of personal Easter eggs and references, not just from me, but everyone in the studio who worked on it too!
It's been built with love, care, and respect for what came before, and I cannot wait to see what the incredible Dreams community do with the Tren kit once they get their hands on it!”
If you want to get to know John a bit better, and discover more about the early development of Tren, check out this Molecule Profile all about him!
With the release of Tren, we’ve also included a new kit featuring over 550 elements, which you can play around with to make your very own Tren tracks. And, as part of the Play & Edit feature in the template, you can alter any of our tracks to create your own delightfully devilish challenges for other players to sweat through.
Tren’s a really personal game for everyone on the Tren team, and they’ve worked so hard to capture the feeling of being a kid opening up a new toy. We hope it fills you with the same spirit of wonder that we all felt the first time we saw it.
As if that wasn't enough, Dreams will also be available as a Monthly Game, available for all PlayStation Plus members to redeem from August 1st - September 4th and keep for the life of their membership. Dreams will also be coming onto the PlayStation Plus Game Catalogue for Extra and Premium members, starting from August 15th. If you haven’t yet explored the wilds of the Dreamiverse, this is the perfect opportunity for you to take a look at the phenomenally creative stuff the Dreams coMmunity has been up to. (And we’ve released some cool things too, actually).
To help new players find their feet, we’ve created a series of articles showcasing some of the greatest Dreams creations in each genre over on indreams.me. Check them out to see what you should be adding to your Play Later queue!
All aboard for Tren, then! And if you’re new to the world of Dreams, there’s truly never been a better time to jump in with PlayStation Plus. See you over in the Dreamiverse!
*(The fictional, and ever-so-slightly sinister, corporation behind Tren. For more information, stay tuned to our socials - we think we’ve found a game manual in the attic…)
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