PlayStation have revealed a new virtual reality (VR) title from their Japan Studio and the team that brought players The Playroom and The Playroom VR titles. Titled Astro Bot Rescue Mission, players will be taking control of Astro, the Bot captain of a ship on a mission to rescue their lost crew who have become scattered across give different planets, all within PlayStation VR.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a platform action title where players will have to run, jump and punch their way through 26 different stages, over five different worlds, with each ending in an epic boss fight. The team are taking the genre to new heights though thanks to the power of PlayStation VR as they aim to include rich gameplay that takes advantage of the increased perspective, proximity and the added depth of the PlayStation VR. Players will find they have the freedom to view entire sequences from below, from above, across 180 degrees of view or by leaning round corners to discover hidden pathways and secrets.
Writing on the PlayStation blog Nicolas Doucet, creative director and producer said: “this time we took a new direction to challenge a genre that is close to the heart of many gamers out there (including us!): platform action games!”
Clearly a labor of love from the team, players will exist in the world as a big robot that follows Astro and occasionally will have the option to smash parts of the environment and dodge enemy attacks. Doucet mentions that both you and Astro need to survive in order to complete this mission so it will be key to make sure that not one of your perish on this epic journey. The team are also making use of the Dualshock 4 controller in creative ways, by allowing it to become host to a range of cool weapons depending on the situation. As the controller will be visible within the virtual world, players can make use of a hook shot, a water gun, or even deadly ninja stars.
As mentioned, players will be looking for their lost crew and there are eight to find in every stage. Clues as to where they may be hiding will be heard thanks to the 3D audio within the PlayStation VR unit that will add a another layer of depth to the title. With rich and unique locations to explore including city rooftops, sandy beaches, volcanoes and even inside the belly of a gigantic whale, there is plenty of variety to be found within Astro Bot Rescue Mission.
“Every world you traverse ends with a huge boss battle which creates some really memorable moments.Imagine turning to find a 30 meter tall Gorilla towering above you, biting the building you are standing on!” Says Doucet. “The sense of the scale in VR really is amazing and is a great match for the gameplay offered by a platform game..It definitely needs to be seen to be believed!”
Though there is no release date information at this time a short trailer as been release which you can find below. VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest on Astro Bot Rescue Mission in the future, so stay tuned for more.