Moss, a new VR game from Polyarc Games, is making its way to PlayStation VR according to the PlayStation E3 press conference.
“We’ve wanted to make this game from the very beginning—to take the core of what makes a great game and then bring it to life with the magic of VR. We’re so excited to finally share it with the world,” said co-founder and CEO of Polyarc Tam Armstrong on the Polyarc Games official website.
The E3 trailer for the game shows off some of its features and settings. In the beginning of the trailer, the audience sees a library and someone turning a fairytale like book. The book pulls the player in and takes them to a forest, following a monarch butterfly that was in one of the pages of the book. Then shown is a forest temple, with statues of mice with swords surrounding it.
Quill, the game’s heroine, is shown to be climbing over some logs when she stands on one to fully reveal herself — she is a tiny mouse with a little sword! Quill is seen going to a pond, where the audience can see who the player is. A mysterious black figure with a mask appears in the pond’s reflection, which is who the player is. In the game, player’s use their magical powers to help move statues, open doors, and even fight monsters with Quill. The end of the trailer shows Quill facing a giant snake before it cuts to the title.
The story and the features of Moss can be found in the description of the trailer found on Polyarc Games’ official YouTube channel, which says:
“A mysterious stone awakens ancient magic. A distant evil extends its reach. Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness, is called on an epic journey. Together, you’ll travel to forgotten realms, solve challenging puzzles, and battle menacing enemies. Only with your unique abilities will she prevail—immerse yourself in the world of Moss to help write the story of a hero in the making.”
The trailer gained recognition at E3 for its tiny mouse hero and amazing use of VR. It won numerous awards from publications such as GamesBeat for being the best VR game at E3 or one of the top games presented at E3.
Polyarc Games is a fairly new VR game developer based out of Seattle. The members of its team have worked on games such as Destiny, Dragon Age, Red Dead Redemption and Halo. The team itself is made up of former Bungie employees. Back in September of 2016, the team raised $3.5 million from outside investors to create VR content according to UploadVR.
Moss’ goal is to make players feel immersed in the world of a story book, which the team is capable of doing because of their past experiences with game development.
“Developing a game like Moss has been an inspiring challenge. We have the chance to connect the players to the world and characters in an entirely new and exciting way. For example, Quill can see you and she reacts to your movements as well as the environments you interact with,” said Chris Alderson, co-founder and art director of Polyarc in a press release. “Our goal is to let the player’s senses teleport them to a world where the characters and environments truly feel alive.”
This game has a chance of making it onto the list of the cutest games ever created, in my opinion.
Moss will be released during the holiday season of this year. The price for the game and whether or not it can be pre-ordered is currently unknown.
Featured image via Polyarc Games’ official website.