It’s not just that the titular hero Astro is adorable (he is). It’s not even just because the levels are a marathon of creative platforming experiences (they are). It’s because in a year filled with excellent takes on the virtual reality medium, Japan Studio have expertly threaded the needle to create an insanely fun platformer that will stand as a landmark for what all VR games should aspire to be.
A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, ASOBI Team released The Playroom VR, a compilation of multiplayer games free to download for all PS VR users.
One of our goals was to take classic platforming to new heights; this was made possible thanks to the unique capabilities of PS VR.
Great news for anyone interested in exploring VR gaming – today we’re announcing two new PlayStation VR bundles that will give you access to not just one, but two games that transport you to new worlds!
This is Nicolas Doucet, Creative Director over at Japan Studio. Today I have some exciting news to share with you all. I am delighted to announce that our latest game, Astro Bot Rescue Mission will be released on October 2!
Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a new VR platformer created exclusively for PS VR. In the game you take control of Astro, the captain of a spaceship traveling in search for his lost crew. The adventure spans across 26 levels that take the platforming genre to new heights with 360-degree VR gameplay, huge towering bosses, precise controls and a good dose of challenge and humor! If you haven’t had a chance to see the game in action yet, check out this video where I explain some of the game’s main features.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission lifts those cute robotic mascots from The Playroom VR and transplants them into a charming and immersive platform adventure, launching soon for PS VR.
As we’re quick to find out when we sat down with Creative Director Nic Doucet at E3 last week, creating a platformer in VR isn’t as simple as switching camera controls from right stick to headset. You need to build an experience that’s tailored specifically to the platform and utilises its strengths.
Japan Studio has worked tirelessly not only to reimagine those genre essentials – tight controls, challenging platforming, big bosses, ‘secret’ areas – but also to bring something unique to the table.
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