DualSHOCKERS - Moss Interview — Polyarc Director Tam Armstrong Discusses VR and Storytelling Elements

DualSHOCKERS - Moss Interview — Polyarc Director Tam Armstrong Discusses VR and Storytelling Elements

Revealed during Sony’s presentation at E3 2017, the upcoming PlayStation VR title Moss quickly worked its way into the hearts of viewers as it tells the story of the lovable mouse, Quill, that embarks on a grand adventure that’s equal parts fairy-tale come-to-life and an emotional and immersive journey for the player.

During E3 2017, DualShockers had the chance to sit down with one of the creative minds behind Moss – Polyarc director Tam Armstrong – to discuss the creation of their world, as well as the challenges and storytelling decisions that they hope will help players fall in love with their game. 

DualShockers - Moss Preview — One Small Step for Mouse, One Giant Step For VR

DualShockers - Moss Preview — One Small Step for Mouse, One Giant Step For VR

Moss on PSVR is charming as hell and guaranteed to make you smile.

hile E3 2017 has been the host to hundreds of new and exciting games, my first encounter with the PlayStation VR title Moss (and Quill) put me into in a world that I couldn’t get enough of. I was lucky enough to get a meeting with the good folks over at Polyarc. I walked in, sat down, and immediately fell in love with the storybook-like world of Moss.

What’s so charming about Moss is the relationship between the player, known as “The Reader,” and the iconic mouse Quill. Together you and her take on enemies, solve puzzles, and traverse landscapes and you feel connected to her each step of the way. The game utilization of PlayStation VR brings the environments to life and engulfs the player’s field of view in a way that makes the player the second main character, in a way.

GameCrate - HANDS-ON: MOSS IS PURE VR MAGIC THAT EVERYONE WILL LOVE

GameCrate - HANDS-ON: MOSS IS PURE VR MAGIC THAT EVERYONE WILL LOVE

PlayStation's VR headset has been a huge hit for Sony, racking up huge sales and providing the most accessible path to top-tier virtual reality for many gamers. Because of this success, it's no surprise that PSVR was a major part of Sony's E3 2017 press conference, as Sony featured one VR trailer after another, demonstrating the bredth of gaming experiences that will be available for their headset in the coming months and beyond. 

The VR title that got the most buzz coming out of Sony's show was Moss, a 3rd-person game from Polyarc (a small studio composed of ex-Bungie, Red Dead Redemption, and Dragon Age crew members). The online audience didn't know precisely what to make of the colorful title, but they knew they loved the mouse that starred in the game's trailer.

UploadVR - E3 2017: Moss Brings Zelda-Style Dungeons And Puzzles To PSVR

UploadVR - E3 2017: Moss Brings Zelda-Style Dungeons And Puzzles To PSVR

The Legend of Zelda is one of my all-time favorite video game franchises but I never thought the formula would really work well in VR. The older titles have a top-down third-person view that didn’t seem compatible to me. However, I’ve been proven wrong.

Gunfire Games has been at the forefront of proving me wrong as their Herobound games and Chronos have made convincing cases for the genre. After we played Robot Rescue in PlayStation VR’s (PSVR) Playroom VR, we were hungry for more games in that style. Now Polyarc just announced today at Sony’s E3 2017 press conference that their new upcoming game, Moss, channels a lot of what makes those games great and is releasing it exclusively for PSVR.

Moss, a new Action-Adventure Puzzle Game for VR, debuts on stage during Sony’s 2017 E3 Press Conference

Moss, a new Action-Adventure Puzzle Game for VR, debuts on stage during Sony’s 2017 E3 Press Conference

Featuring intuitive gameplay, creative design, and a high degree of artistic polish, new IP Moss delivers the game VR players have been waiting for

Los Angeles – June 12, 2017 – During the Sony press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) tonight, Seattle-based game developer Polyarc introducedMoss, an action-adventure puzzle game coming to Sony PlayStation VR. 

Players attending E3 this week will have the opportunity to meet Quill and explore the world of Moss via a playable demo in Sony’s booth (#4322).

An all-new announcement trailer for Moss debuted on stage gives players their first look at an epic journey in virtual reality. It begins with a mysterious book in a grand, vaulted library that opens and transports the reader to a vast, magical world. Most importantly, it introduces Quill—she is Moss’s brave new hero.