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Feb 02

Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son Hits PS VR Later This Year

Break the time loop and escape into tomorrow in this follow-up game to the classic Bill Murray film.

Raul Rubio's Avatar Posted by CEO and Creative Director, Tequila Works

Hey campers, rise and shine! Raul Rubio here, Creative Director and CEO of Tequila Works. I am so excited to say that I’m directing Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, published by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR) and produced by SPVR and MWM Immersive, to be released later in the year at PS Store.

In Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, you’ll play the charming but arrogant Phil Connors Jr., who grew up in the shadow of his father — a man who spent a lifetime repeating a single day until he had made it perfect. But for Phil Jr., today is the worst day of his life. He’s trapped back home in Punxsutawney, the small town he thought he’d escaped — where he can’t even get a decent cappuccino — and he’s going to have to repeat the day over and over until he learns the true value of friends and family.

At Tequila Works, we have been looking into VR since its beginning. We released The Invisible Hours in 2017, our first step in developing what we call Spherical Narrative. By following several simultaneous stories in real time, the player can find clues and discover the mysteries hiding in plain sight.

For this VR project, we wanted to go a step further by making the player an active, disruptive element in the story, giving them more narrative choices to have a key influence on the storyline. Not only will the player have a much stronger sense of physical interactivity, but a deeper emotional connection to the non-playable characters.

When we got the opportunity to work on Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, it looked like the perfect scenario to create a unique experience of intertwined stories, with the player fully embedded in timeline choices. After all, time loops are like being trapped in a videogame!

This game contains a time loop mechanic with multiple branching narratives, as well as individual meaningful stories that we can build upon. It also includes the same dark humor of the original film, letting us play around with the inherent instinct of every VR player to mess with everything around them. James Siciliano of Rick and Morty and Joshua Rubin of Telltale lent their expertise to help us build this original story from the world of the beloved movie. We have developed an ever-changing experience through deep branching narrative gameplay and full interaction with all NPCs. Because what would you do with eternity if there were no tomorrow?

Like we did in The Invisible Hours, we are working with talented facial and motion capture artists to create a unique, immersive experience. Using our dedicated VR tools and the support of SPVR and MWM Immersive, a leading creator of high-quality VR and AR experiences, we have been able to create gameplay that is accessible and highly engaging.

We’re so excited to bring this game to PSVR, you can’t imagine how much it hurts biting our tongues for so long! So please enjoy Punxsutawney Phil’s weather forecast and we hope you are as excited as we are to share what we’ve been cooking up! Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is coming out later this year. Enjoy the teaser and stay tuned for more!

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CaptReynolds said:

February 2nd, 10:20 am

This looks great… I loved The Invisible Hours :) will this one also require VR or will it be playable without?

Gregg2821 said:

February 2nd, 12:57 pm

I loved the movie and can’t wait to explore Punxsutawney in VR. I’m sure there will be, and I’ll be able to find, some creative ways to off myself. LOL. I’m also sure there story is going to be fantastic.

Hair_Taylor said:

February 2nd, 1:00 pm

I want this game so bad. I watched the movie over and over and over again! I love it so much. So it’s intereting to see a #PSVR game with this theme ❤❤❤.

mnep99 said:

February 2nd, 1:30 pm

There has to be an interesting gameplay loop in there.
I’m looking forward and backward to this!

Tomoprime said:

February 2nd, 6:00 pm

I don’t know. It might be a grind replaying level one again and again.

    VisrothKayden said:

    February 2nd, 6:38 pm

    Never played Fifa? or Cod? Same thing, in the same place over and over again with slight variations…

    wgoodwin77 said:

    February 2nd, 8:33 pm

    Lol VisrothKayden

    Tomoprime said:

    February 3rd, 9:28 am

    Yah see two wrongs don’t make a right.
    Two wrongs don’t make a right.
    Two wrongs don’t make a level 2!
    Damn you groundhog’s day! LoL!

paulogy said:

February 2nd, 6:38 pm

Wow, this came out of nowhere! Very intriguing, and I’m so interested to see more :-)

PlanetJumble said:

February 3rd, 3:11 am

I love time looping mechanics, really enjoyed The Invisible Hours and The Sexy Brutale, and of course one of my favourite movies is Groundhog Day. So this is excellent news for me, looking forward to hearing more about this. :]

    DogOfHades said:

    February 4th, 12:28 am

    In that case then maybe you should try the VR game, Just in Time incorporated. It seems to tick all your boxes

DogOfHades said:

February 4th, 12:33 am

I would like to say that this is a Great Idea, not only for game mechanics but also getting the license to Groundhog Day and make a game out of it. It has been long overdue.

Sombain said:

February 6th, 10:30 am

Please tell me I can ride in a truck being driven by a groundhog, off a cliff. Day one purchase if so.

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