Superhot: Mind Control Delete's Controversial Ending Fixed

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But the spirit is still there

Superhot: Mind Control Delete was released a few weeks ago and I had a lot of fun working on it.

Although I have to admit, part of my excitement to complete the game was kindled by the fires of curiosity: as many of the discussion boards for Mind Control Delete (from Reddit to the game's Steam page) were on fire. with the controversy surrounding the ending.



Although the sentiment remains after a recent patch, the end requirements are a little more lenient now: at least on PC.

Light spoilers below

In short, after completing the last set of levels in Mind Control Delete, the player is asked to wait eight hours for the game to "restart" before being able to play it again. On PC, this timer was reduced to two and a half hours via a patch, but the timer remains at the original setting on consoles (for now). You can take a look at an Xbox One screenshot of the timer from my play below.

Eurogamer had the chance to speak to the game's co-director, Marcin Surma, who explained the situation a bit. Originally the timer was supposed to last 24 hours (!), but they shortened it to eight; and now, 2.5. Surma says, ā€œAfter all, we don't want to punish players, we want players to both feel the importance of what they themselves achieved during the ending, and to have a moment to do so. part of that experience more while playing than just playing. Ā»


While Superhot's theme is meant to be up to interpretation, Surma spoils things a bit, noting, "We try to leave our games free for player interpretation and wouldn't want to push our own narrative." It's much more powerful for someone to filter the game through the lens of their own experiences. That said, in my opinion, the original Superhot is more about addiction and Mind Control Delete is about greed and over-attachment. The ending veers strongly towards his point of view.


This whole "problem" is wild to me. Like our own Anthony Marzano (who reviewed it), I never thought of the ending as a "problem." It's not like the game is excluding you from everything you own on whatever platform you're playing Mind Control Delete on, and my immediate thought was "I'm going to leave this overnight." The 'you can't play for what you paid' argument is a little tough, especially since you can use a quick PC app fix to instantly speed up the timer (which is part of why the Superhot team introduced a shorter requirement in the aforementioned patch).


It's nice to see a developer, any developer, take a risk with something unique like this. If you're that crazy, leave it overnight, go to bed, and play it when you wake up. Or, with that caveat in mind, don't finish it until you're ready to start this process!


New Superhot forces you to wait hours after it ends before you can play again [Eurogamer]

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