At the beginning of 2020 Brazilian virtual reality (VR) developer ARVORE announced that its retro homage to 80s gaming, Pixel Ripped 1989 wouldn’t be making the leap to Oculus Quest as it didn’t get approved by Oculus. The studio has found a workaround, however, releasing the title as DLC for its sequel, Pixel Ripped 1995.
Having previously optimised Pixel Ripped 1989 for Oculus Quest, ARVORE says it coordinated with Oculus to bring the title to the popular standalone platform. “We’re really happy to have found a way together with Oculus to bring the game to so many more fans!,” said Ana Ribeiro, Creative Director at ARVORE in a statement.
As to why Pixel Ripped 1989 isn’t a standalone release the studio explained: “1995 was a title made for the quest from the ground up, while 1989 is a classic VR title at this point. We are just happy that we were able to work out a way to bring the title to the platform!” So that means you’ll need a copy of Pixel Ripped 1995 before you can play the original.
The DLC is available today, priced at $14.99 USD – the same as it is on other platforms. Additionally, Pixel Ripped 1995 is discounted by 25% for the next week. As for those wondering about cross-buy, because Pixel Ripped 1989 is DLC it won’t support the feature.
Supporting Oculus Quest and Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and PlayStation VR, Pixel Ripped 1995 continues the story of Dot in her fight against evil Cyblin Lord. The title has been inspired by some of the most beloved 90s videogames including Streets of Rage, Mortal Kombat, Road Rash, Star Fox, Sonic the Hedgehog and Castlevania
VRFocus reviewed both Pixel Ripped 1989 and Pixel Ripped 1995 highly, saying about the latter: “ARVORE has certainly learnt from Pixel Ripped 1989, both in terms of scope and gameplay, Pixel Ripped 1995 is a premium retro experience from start to finish.” For further updates from ARVORE on the series which is slated to have three more instalments, keep reading VRFocus.