Last year Fire Panda developer Nick ‘Red of Paw’ Pittom started a Kickstarter campaign seeking to fund a trip to the Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California. Pittom ended up raising some £3,200 GBP and, in return, began to create a new virtual reality (VR) experience based on his trip, codenamed RedOfPaw’s Big Crazy Stupid VR Adventure and American Pie. Today sees the developer label the title with a new name and even announced a new direction for the project as a whole.
The Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) compatible experience is now named Echo Red and is no longer aiming to be a slapstick experience but instead a more ambitious, ‘genuine’ one, in the developer’s words. In the videogame players will find themselves trapped within a ‘surreal, broken’ representation of their own broken mind and must find a way to rebuild it. The developer has promised that user-submitted ideas will still make it into the title with an over-arching story taking centre stage. That said, it will still very much be a videogame, with Pittom working with developer Jason Storey on its mechanics.
Specific information about the title’s systems is still to come but the developers have teased the involvement of ’emotion creatures’. At one point the title apparently closely resembled the popular Pokemon series but has since removed itself from those associations. Below is an image of one of the characters from the title, simply named ‘Dr Red’. He stands in a desert environment. Currently the title is being developed in Unity 4, although the team hope to move work over to Unity 5 in the future.
“For those who backed me on Kickstarter, do not fear, your names, photos and ideas will all be appearing in the game!” Pittom said. “As time goes on I will continue to ask for all the things I need. If you have already sent me a photo you may notice it in the poster above, but these will also appear in the game itself. So, I hope you like the sound of all that so far – there are more developments to come, and we hope to have some in game footage fairly soon, as well as some demos as time goes on.”