Pixel Ripped is a title that has caught the attention of a large portion of the virtual reality (VR) community over the past year. Indie developer Ana Ribeiro and co have won enthusiasts over with a promising title that takes a fantasy trip back through videogames’ past. There have been plenty of chances to play the title, once known as Pixel Rift, in the past, but this month will see it taken to the biggest stage in the videogame industry: E3. Pixel Ripped will be at the show in Los Angeles, California from 16th – 18th July as part of the IndieCade showcase.
The experience casts players as Nicola, a videogame fanatic that holds a particular affection for a fictional series of titles named Pixel Ripped. Now set to arrive episodically, each new level in the videogame will visit a different period in Nicola’s life in which she is playing a new iteration of Pixel Ripped. The idea is to pay tribute to various eras of the videogame industry, recognising a number of different consoles, handheld platforms, design transitions and more that the developers themselves experienced over the years.
While Pixel Ripped is on its way to the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on PC, the developers have also announced a spin-off for the Gear VR mobile HMD. Known as Rippled Ripped 1989, the title is based upon the original concept demo for Pixel Ripped that was shown back when it was known as Pixel Rift. This involved Nicola trying to play an entry in the Pixel Ripped series on a handheld platform that is strikingly similar to the original Game Boy, though having to contend with the lesson at hand as she does. It’s not clear if this title will also be on show at E3 this year.
VRFocus itself will be at E3 to bring you all of the latest updates on VR compatible videogames for each and every HMD.