Penrose Studios has received significant critical acclaim for its work in virtual reality (VR) thus far, leading to a raise of $8.5 million USD in funding to continue working in immersive storytelling. The next project from the studio, Allumette, was featured in this morning’s Tokyo Game Show (TGS) press conference held by Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan (SIEJ).
Following the success of Penrose Studios’ first title, The Rose and I, Allumette is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s short story The Little Match Girl. Intended to be an intimate, emotional experience, Allumette focuses on the love between a mother and her child as well as the sacrifices people choose to make for the greater good.
Allumette is set in a vision of Venice wherein the entire city floats on clouds in the sky. These clouds act like a network of canals across the city, presenting a surreal vision of the landscape in this cartoon world.
Allumette had previously been showcased on the HTC Vive at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco. No release date nor price point has yet been announced for Penrose Studios’ Allumette, though a release on PlayStation VR has been confirmed alongside the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive editions. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on Penrose Studios and their various virtual reality (VR) projects.