Tomorrow, Dream Reality Interactive will launch virtual reality (VR) title Arca’s Path for HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. While the studio is relatively new the team running it are videogame veterans, so there’s a lot of anticipation around the title. Ahead of launch, VRFocus caught up with the team to find out more about the experience and its development.
While Arca’s Path will be Dream Reality Interactive’s debut VR title, it’ll be the studio’s second release since forming in 2017, the first being augmented reality (AR) videogame Orbu, created using ARKit.
The studio was founded by Dave Ranyard, the former head of Sony London Studio, alongside former Sony London teammates Richard Bates, Artemis Tsouflidou, Albert Bentall and John Foster. They all help to create the mini-titles in PlayStation VR Worlds, the videogame primarily bundled with most PlayStation VR’s. Once that was completed Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced there would be some major redundancies at London Studio.
In May this year Battlezone developer Rebellion was revealed to be publishing the title, unveiling the project ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018, where it would be playable for the first time. That’s where VRFocus got its first look, saying in our first preview: “Arca’s Path VR is by no means a revolutionary experience; a question remains over whether or not the videogame benefits from VR at all. However, it does appear to have the potential to deliver a satisfying platform experience which the player can take at their own pace.”
Upon our second preview last month things were certainly looking up, finding that: “while Arca’s Path will most definitely be enjoyed by the core videogame demographic it’s clearly positioned as an experience that anyone can enjoy.”
So what more is there to know about the Marble Madness-style puzzle platformer? To find out you’ll need to watch VRFocus’ video below, featuring several interviews, one with Ranyard himself. And don’t forget to check back for a full review of Arca’s Path soon.