After launching Taphouse VR last year, Finnish indie studio Catland has now revealed details on its next virtual reality (VR) project, a comedic single-player called The Spy Who Shrunk Me.
Players take on the role of a secret agent, Audrey Smoothspy, armed with a stolen Soviet shrink ray plus an array of other gadgets has in infiltrate a a mysterious company and steal its secrets. Like any good stealth videogame this is no easy matter as you’ll need to hide or dispatch guards whilst unraveling a terrifying secret in 1980s Moscow.
Featuring plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour thanks to the scale-bending shrink ray mechanics, The Spy Who Shrunk Me enables you to shrink enemies to dispose of in a toilet or just fling out your way. Or for those more passive players the videogame can be completed without harming a single soul, you just have to shrink yourself and be very sneaky.
Commenting on the title, Catland CEO Tomi Toikka said: “The Spy Who Shrunk Me is a tongue-in-cheek spy adventure, a love letter to spy movies, immersive simulations and other games in the stealth genre. Armed with a shrink ray, you can shrink and dip Soviet soldiers into paper shredders and make them run in a hamster wheel – or shrink yourself to get past opponents. Just don’t get stomped.”
The Spy Who Shrunk Me has been slated for a release on Steam this year. The title will include both PC and VR versions for the same price of $9.99 USD , fully playable in both modes with additional interactivity offered in the VR version. It’ll support the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift with Touch controllers and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
In addition to the The Spy Who Shrunk Me reveal, Catland has additionally announced a successful seed funding round led by Finnish videogame developers and investors Sisu Game Ventures (run by Remedy founder Samuli Syvähuoko), Jaakko Manninen (CTO of Vizor), Sami Vanhatalo (Remedy founder and Combo Breaker chairman) and Niko Punin (entrepreneur and business angel).
“Catland proved they are a nimble, versatile and above all playful bunch of game developers with their amazingly fun Taphouse VR last year. I like their strategy of going after the larger PC market while still delivering a unique and eye-opening experience for VR,” says Harri Manninen, Managing Director of Nordic XR Startups and first investor of Catland.
As further details on The Spy Who Shrunk Me are released VRFocus will keep you updated.