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Golem from Highwire Games is a PlayStation VR Exclusive

Jaime Griesemer's Avatar Posted by on Dec 05, 2015 // Creative Director, Highwire Games

Announcing a game is exciting, exhilarating, and honestly… it’s pretty nerve-wracking. The veteran developers on our team have been through it many times before, but debuting Golem as a PlayStation VR exclusive in front of an enthusiastic crowd at PlayStation Experience was a remarkable moment. It was a significant milestone for Highwire Games, too, since Golem is our first game as an independent studio.

There is always a certain tension when you try to introduce a game with a movie-style trailer. How do you capture the dynamic nature of a game in a non-interactive video? Do you try to communicate the gameplay, or just focus on telling an interesting story? Do you accurately represent the look of the game, or blow the budget on a pre-rendered cinematic?

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For a virtual reality game, made from the ground up to be played inside a head-mounted display, that tension hits a breaking point. Not only is VR interactive, it is transportive; it takes you into another world in a way traditional video just cannot capture. There is a sense of real dread and bodily danger that you get as you slowly creep through ancient ruins in search of artifacts and treasure, and it is something you have to experience for yourself.

So, when we were deciding how to introduce Golem to the fans at PlayStation Experience, we knew we couldn’t directly convey the experience of being a giant stone golem exploring an abandoned city. However, in our game you do not play as a single golem, but as someone with the ability to control golems, seeing through their eyes and directing their movements. Could we show the audience what it might be like to watch someone else controlling a golem, and indirectly communicate the sense of power and presence that the game offers?

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It actually turned out to be quite effective to show both the golem and the one controlling it as separate characters in a more traditional trailer. We were able to introduce the fans to the world of Golem and give them a hint of the game’s mechanics. While you may not immediately know what it will feel like to put on a PlayStation VR headset and control a golem, at least you’ll know what to expect when you get a chance try it yourself! We hope you enjoyed the Golem trailer and we look forward to revealing more in the coming months.

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5 Comments

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+ paulogy on December 5th, 2015 at 2:07 pm said:

Very interesting looking game, for sure. I’d love to see more. I can see a lot of people are challenged by how to show off their experiences in VR to people watching videos online.


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+ Bfett9 on December 5th, 2015 at 4:56 pm said:

This universe looks like it will be a ton of fun to run around in and explore I hope that the story will be equally beautiful. I was a bit shocked to see that Highwire was doing a VR title. I’ll be honest that was a bit out of left field for me personally, but I knew the guys were going to do something different which is great, regardless of that fact I can’t wait to try this out because I know that Highwire will definitely deliver an experience to remember and hear (#MartyArmy).

Good lucks guys! Can’t wait to see more!


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+ warezIbanez on December 5th, 2015 at 6:16 pm said:

Best of luck guys, and way to share something so quickly after starting up the studio not too long ago.


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+ sealum01 on December 6th, 2015 at 9:25 am said:

I’m EXTREMELY excited about this game! The idea of a story driven game in VR is what we need to see more of, and the characters and world are so enchanting, I can’t imagine not getting this title!


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+ plaztiksyke on December 7th, 2015 at 3:51 pm said:

I’m totally intrigued by the overall look and how the main character appears to be disabled/blind. Hopefully there will be a demo at GDC and/or the PS VR kiosks at retail.


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