Polyarc Ushers in a New Era of VR Gaming for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with Today’s Release of Moss
‘Moss’ creates a new model for a successful VR game
Anyone who has had the good fortune to have spent their childhood or early adolescence reading books probably retains a sense of nostalgia for the ways stories used to dissolve the world around them in a comprehensive fashion. “Moss,” the new standard-bearer for PlayStation VR, courts this feeling by creating a game that unfolds within the pages of an illustrated book. The world of “Moss” is snug and encompassing. It takes the puzzle-platformer and tries to narrow the gap between the observer and the observed, or the player and avatar, by capitalizing on VR’s unique ability to make you feel like you’re a part of the world. Playing “Moss” is like living inside a diorama where you can manipulate bits of the scenery.
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There are three VR rigs in my home, but I haven't touched them in over a year. 'Moss' was good enough to change that.
A few days ago, I huddled next to my PlayStation 4, and stared at the expensive piece of glass and plastic that’s sat next to the console, completely untouched, for more than a year. Upon closer inspection, I realized there were spiderwebs inside my PlayStation VR headset, and at some point, I’d borrowed the USB cable needed to power it on, and never returned it. There are three VR headsets in my house, but I can’t remember the last time I used any of them. Every time I’m tempted, the work needed to set everything up—the cables, the moving of furniture—is enough to push me towards a game that’ll boot up when I hit a single button.
A New World Awaits … Moss™ Launches Today on PlayStation®VR
Immerse Yourself in this First-of-Its-Kind Storybook Adventure
SEATTLE, WA – February 27, 2018 – Your time has come at last, dear Reader. Today, Polyarc invites fans around the world to experience the potential of virtual reality with Moss, an action-adventure puzzle game like no other. Players will enter a rich tale of myth and magic, joining the unlikely hero Quill on an epic journey. Crafted to maximize the transformative magic of VR, Moss allows players to reach into a dynamic world—their every action having impact. Moss is now available at PlayStation Store, GameStop, and Amazon for $29.99 USD MSRP.
Polyarc‘s adorable virtual reality adventure Moss stars Quill, an intrepid mouse heroine who fits in the palm of your hand and wields a sword. She embarks on a journey within the pages of a book of fairy tales, and as the Reader, your role is to help her out. You guide her throughout her journey, enabling her to defeat enemies such as beetles, moving parts of the environment to solve puzzles so she can move forward.
PlayStation Universe recently had the opportunity to speak with Polyarc Games, the development team behind the upcoming PSVR action-adventure puzzle game, Moss.
In the interview we discuss several topics, including the relationship between Quill and the Reader, the inclusion of collectibles, and the possibility of seeing a Moss storybook or other types of media from Polyarc in the future.
Details Announced During PlayStation’s Paris Games Week Livestream: Fans Can Pre-Order Moss and Instantly Receive Exclusive Pre-Order Bonuses
Gamers looking to experience the full potential of PlayStation VR are one step closer today as Polyarc kicks off pre-orders for Moss today, the breakthrough action-adventure puzzle game revealed earlier this year during Sony’s 2017 E3 Press Conference. Slated for release in February 2018, fans in North South and Latin America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia can now pre-order Moss at PlayStation Store and GameStop for $29.99 USD MSRP.
Working on blockbuster games like Destiny and Halo may be a dream of many, but for co-founder of Polyarc, Chris Alderson, the freedom to create his own visions is more important. Jem Alexander talks to him about the creation of Moss, a VR title about developing a bond between the player and the protagonist
A third-person action adventure game with a strong narrative is not something you’d necessarily expect to be the next VR darling, but new studio Polyarc’s first game, Moss, is exactly that. Announced at Sony’s E3 press conference, the game has decades of development experience being funneled into it and looks to explore new areas of VR game design.
Vibrant adventure is shaping up
As we approach PlayStation VR's first birthday in the coming weeks, the companion device to the PlayStation 4 has had a surprising initial year on the market. With a steady stream of games already released and many more on the horizon, the future is bright for VR titles on PlayStation. One of such titles, is the indie hit Moss.
When you think of virtual reality games, you probably think of first-person action titles that try to immerse you in a world that feels real. Moss for PlayStation VR does things differently, which makes it stand out in the VR space. Instead of a first-person view, you're an overseer that guides a little mouse, named Quill, through a dangerous yet tranquil world.