Back in March of this year VRFocus reported on an upcoming virtual reality (VR) puzzle title coming to PlayStation VR by Chinese developer Red Accent Studios, titled Salary Man Escape. This satirical puzzle title invites players to help a tiny man escape the office by traversing thought a wide range of physic-based puzzles. Now, the title has a release date and will be coming to PlayStation VR later this month.
Salary Man Escape is reminiscent of titles such as Lemmings, Waddle Home and Danger Goat, offering players a chance to help out the tiny man through the challenges of each level. The title is said to be releasing with 78 levels in total, split across six chapters which the developer comments should provide around eight hours of immersive gameplay.
The title has a minimalist, monochromatic visual style, which is contrasted with a cheerful, classic Japanese ’80s-inspired soundtrack. When writing on the PlayStation Blog during the announcement of the title, Micheal Ren, producer at Red Accent Studios explained the teams inspiration for the title saying:
“We started out with the idea of grabbing things in VR, with special attention paid towards the depth and volume of the 3D space. With this as a basis, our Lead Designer Michael Michael (aka MM) worked on a prototype puzzle game, which we were instantly attached to.
“With the theme and graphics, we tried many different concepts that matched the gameplay. Some concepts were having a tiny robot escape a mechanical city, a little spider escaping a furious human, and 80’s electronics gadgets running away from being “retired”.
“There was something to love from all these concepts, but ultimately none stood out enough. Then one day, the Lead Artist Yu Jian Wei casually compared the difficulty of the game to the daily grind of a Salary Man, and that image of a suffering worker just stuck with us. We created some early concepts, and the rest was history.”
Salary Man Escape will be releasing onto PlayStation VR on 26th June, as reported by Road To VR, and will include support for the PlayStation Move and DualShock 4 controllers. You can see the trailer for the title below and for more on Salary Man Escape in the future, keep reading VRFocus.