Having confirmed virtual reality (VR) support for artistic adventure Concrete Genie in March, developer Pixelopus and publisher San Mateo Studio went on to reveal the PlayStation VR compatibility would be on two specific modes. Today, the teams have revealed that Concrete Genie will be arriving in October.
A PlayStation 4 exclusive, Concrete Genie puts you in the shoes of protagonist Ash on his personal journey to paint his seaside hometown of Denska back to life. Bullies steal his notebook which he doodles in, ripping out the pages and scattering them throughout the streets. Whilst looking for them Ash finds a special paintbrush which can bring his creations to life. Using Ash’s magic brush you need to explore the grim and desolate-looking town, adding colour and life to the darkest corners.
The two VR compatible modes are ‘VR Experience’ and ‘Free Paint’. Supporting only PlayStation Move, the first mode is a story campaign heading beneath Denska’s ominous lighthouse. This needs to be completed before ‘Free Paint’ can be unlocked, allowing you to get creative in four unique Denska locations.
On PlayStation Blog, Pixelopus Creative Director Dominic Robilliard that a Photo Mode will be available at launch offering a timelapse style ‘Replay’ ability which allows creators to show how they built their artistic compositions. There will also be a couple of version with pre-order incentives attached. The standard edition will retail for $29.99 USD/€29.99 EUR with the Digital Deluxe coming in at $39.99/€39.99, with lots of goodies: “You get a Digital Artbook featuring a ton of stunning development images created by Art Director Jeff Sangalli and our amazing art team, a complete soundtrack from the game composed by Sam Marshall, a Pond Design Pack to expand your design toolset, and an additional Dynamic Theme featuring the Lighthouse location from the game.”
If you pre-order either you’ll get an Avatar set as well as a special Dynamic Theme featuring a rooftop scene from Denska.
Concrete Genie will launch in North America on 8th October while the European version will arrive a day later on Friday 9th. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Concrete Genie, reporting back with any further updates.