Rainbow Island is a whole new land for Beatrix to explore. “Rainbow Island earns its name from the prismatic colors that cover every inch of the island, shifting dynamically as the hours pass. The cause of this phenomenon is unknown, and something that Beatrix will learn more about as we continue to develop Slime Rancher 2 after launching into Game Preview,” Popovich explains.
Interestingly, instead of a ranch, Beatrix will be farming within a huge conservatory, and we wondered whether this change brought with it any particular challenges. “Yes, a huge conservatory replaces the ranch from Slime Rancher,” answers Popovich. We did this to more embrace the themes of rainbows and light in Slime Rancher 2, as the wrap-around glass walls of the conservatory let all the light of the surrounding world inside. And just like the ranch, players will have to plan out how they want to utilize the space and the expansions available to best suit their needs. It’s honestly one of my favorite places in the game,” Popovich continues. “It really makes for a wonderful home for Beatrix in the sequel, a place you want to return to and just hang out with your slime pals.”
Slime Rancher 2 promises to bring new slimes with it and we, being the nosy people we are, wondered how the devs went about thinking up new slimes. "We try to come up with something that will be interesting to encounter in the wild and deal with on the ranch. In particular, behaviours that will make our emergent systems richer and create more unexpected moments are always best," begins Popovich. "We then try to anchor these behaviours onto a slime that looks cute and different from the others. This actually begins one of the hardest parts of the process, because you have to try and come up with a unique colour composition, but also a unique silhouette so you can parse the differences between slimes as quickly as possible. Once we have that, the very exhaustive process of making the largo combinations is next, which takes a lot of time, and requires a lot of tweaking in order for the slime’s unique components to combine. And every time we add a new slime that can become a largo, we make the job of doing this even harder as it grows exponentially. It’s a terrible curse!"