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Motion Controls for Severed Were Considered, DrinkBox Says

It’s a bummer for some people that the game is handheld-only, but it’s still a fun time.

Severed is a wonderful indie game that made its way to the Switch in a surprise. I mean, I was totally caught off guard, and so was the rest of the gaming community. Anyway, now DrinkBox has come out and said that motion controls for Severed were indeed considered.


Motion Controls for Severed

Now, one thing you need to know about Severed is that it is only playable in handheld mode. That’s because the game takes advantage of the touch screen for you to attack. It’s a lot like Fruit Ninja if you played that game.

So, a representative told IGN that they experimented with motion controls, but the team, in the end, was “really unhappy with the results.” That’s why we only get the handheld-mode. Nothing else worked.

Here’s a full quote from the studio:


Severed was initially designed as a touch-screen game. We did do some experiments with motion controls early on in development, but were really unhappy with the results. For the experience to work well, players need to swipe with precision, and need to be able to see what they are touching. Even simple things like slashing specific pots to break them can become extremely annoying to do when using motion controls or an on-screen cursor.

DrinkBox Studios via IGN

I’ve been playing Severed for the last few days, and I love it. I’ll have a review up soon, I promise. Now, it is ultimately a let down to not be able to appreciate the artwork on my big screen. The game is fantastic, even if a little different. Let us know down below what you think!

David Van Komen

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