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Everything you need to know about ADR1FT, out tomorrow on PS4

The full lowdown on Adam Orth’s ambitious non-violent first-person experience

Hey everyone, my name is Adam Orth. I’m the CEO/Creative Director at Three One Zero and we are so excited to be releasing our first game ADR1FT on PlayStation 4 tomorrow, 15th July.

From the very beginning, our dream was to release ADR1FT as a PlayStation 4 title. My partner Omar Aziz and I sat in a tiny office at a shared desk in Santa Monica, CA and plotted out exactly how to get to this point. It feels incredible to have finally achieved it. We can’t wait for you to experience the game.

I’ve prepared a brief ADR1FT FAQ to get everyone up to speed on the game ahead of our launch:

What is ADR1FT?

ADR1FT is a non-violent, narrative-driven FPX (first-person experience) where the focus is exploration, environment, narrative and light game mechanics. Our small independent team is made up of veteran AAA game developers. We’ve collectively worked on lots of AAA shooters, so the idea of making a non-violent FPX was something really exciting to us and a challenge we immersed ourselves in as developers.

What kind of game is ADR1FT?

ADR1FT is hard to categorize, but it has a little bit of a lot of things. There’s action, simulation, exploration, mechanics, objectives, puzzles and storytelling. Mostly, we like to think of ADR1FT as an experience and a meditation revolving around the fantasy of an astronaut in peril.

Many people use the film Gravity as a comparison, but ADR1FT is actually closer to the films 2001: A Space Odyssey and Moon in terms of experience, tone and theme.

What other games is ADR1FT similar to?

If you enjoy games like: Firewatch, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Gone Home, Dear Esther and Proteus, we think you will appreciate and love ADR1FT.

Will there be a physical/retail version of ADR1FT?

ADR1FT is digital PSN only. Currently, there are no plans for physical or retail.

How long is ADR1FT?

An average playthrough of ADR1FT is 4 hours. It can be shorter or longer, depending on the amount of exploring you do.

What is ADR1FT about?

ADR1FT is the story of Commander Alex Oshima who wakes up floating amongst the debris of the destroyed Northstar IV space station with no memory of who she is or the catastrophic event and a damaged EVA suit slowly leaking oxygen.

Adrift Screenshot

What do you do in ADR1FT?

As the only survivor, your goals in ADR1FT are to simply stay alive and get home safely.

You accomplish this by exploring the wreckage of the Northstar IV in zero gravity, searching for oxygen resources, repairing your damaged EVA suit and re-activating the station’s 4 core system mainframes in order to be able to operate and launch the station’s EEV craft.

How is the story delivered in ADR1FT?

The narrative in ADR1FT is delivered in 6 unique ways:

  •  Audio logs
  •  Audio terminals
  • Email terminals
  • Mission Control communications
  • Satellite news broadcasts
  • HAN-IV ADMINISTRA (Northstar IV Computer Assistant)

How is the story told in ADR1FT?

Just like the Northstar IV station, your EVA suit and Alex Oshima herself, the story/narrative in ADR1FT is broken. It’s meant to be discovered randomly as seeds that give you brief glimpses into the lives of Alex and the crew members who did not survive. These seeds allow you grow and create your own version of the story over the universe fiction so that each player has their own unique version of ADR1FT. There is no real, traditional game story structure. It’s messy, incomplete and up to you hunt down as much or as little as you like as you explore the wreckage.

How was ADR1FT created?

ADR1FT was created using Unreal Engine 4.

Are there multiple endings in ADR1FT?

Yes ;)

Do your actions in-game affect the outcome of ADR1FT?

Absolutely.

What are the gameplay mechanics in ADR1FT?

ADR1FT revolves around the player’s EVA suit and has three main gameplay mechanic/systems:

  1.  EVA Movement:
    ADR1FT takes full advantage of zero gravity and the weightlessness of space. Your EVA suit is operated via intuitive controls mapped to the DualShock 4 that allows players to manipulate and move through the environment in 360°.
  2. EVA Oxygen:
    Your EVA Propulsion system is damaged and uses oxygen as an emergency propulsion resource. Players must carefully monitor and manage their EVA oxygen level in order to utilise life support and propulsion. Many moment-to-moment decisions have to be weighed carefully as using your shared resource use affects everything you do.
  3. EVA Repair:
    As each core mainframe system is brought back online, you are able to repair 4 areas of your EVA suit: Oxygen (overall suit level), Propulsion (extra speed boost), Mobility (overall movement speed) and Integrity (oxygen leak repair).

Adrift Screenshot

Are there multiple gameplay modes in ADR1FT?

Yes. In addition to the single player experience, ADR1FT also features:

  • EVA Training:
    An unlimited training environment where players can master the use of their undamaged EVA suit.
  • EVA FREE:
    Completing each of the four game environments unlocks an unlimited oxygen version of each where players can explore stress-free, take and share screenshots and stream their gameplay sessions (please note: PS4 Trophies can’t be earned in EVA FREE).

Are there trophies in ADR1FT?

Absolutely!

Who created the music for ADR1FT?

ADR1FT utilizes several well-known classical piano pieces that were performed by Brian Bell of Weezer. ADR1FT also has several original music pieces composed and performed by Adam Orth.

What can I expect from ADR1FT?

Our goal for ADR1FT is to give you the ultimate astronaut-in-danger fantasy. We want to blow you away with stunning visuals, challenge you with zero-g movement and physics, scare you with the danger of space and most importantly: tell you an emotional story about normal, human characters who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances within a rich, deep universe and fiction.

Adrift

Where can I learn more about ADR1FT?

Three One Zero (developer)
adr1ft.com
505 Games (publisher)
@adam_orth
@ADR1FTTheGame

We hope you love it. Good luck out there commander…

26 Comments
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There are trophies, yes. But no platinum. Which means I will not buy it, especially if the game can be completed in a few hours, sorry.

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So you won’t buy a game if it doesn’t have a platinum trophy? So you only game to get a meaningless digital trophy that’s worth what? So you don’t play games for fun or the experience? Just for trophys? WOW!

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@PotatoHedz Not exactly. I buy games that have a platinum trophy, and that I enjoy. Plus, I like games that don’t last a couple of hours. It’s your right not to agree with that, but spare me the sarcasm, will you ?

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Oh dear, how lame.

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Deal with it

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Curiously missing the most important information, will it support Playstation VR when that’s released later in the year?

irononreverse 17 July, 2016 @ 01:31
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They’ve said they currently have no plans to support psvr. I don’t think it even supports HTC vive, so I’ve lost interest in this title

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This will be perfect for PlayStationVR.

fain2daniel 14 July, 2016 @ 19:13
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Looks like fun…

CluckNuggets 14 July, 2016 @ 19:36
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I’m afraid and sorry to the developer, that even with VR I’m not sure it’s worth it. It’s expensive and highly criticised. There aren’t any refunds outside of Steam so at the very least wait for a mega-sale.

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A former Microsoft employee brings a game to PSN? Interesting! i’ll wait and see what the price is first.

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http://threeonezero.com/adr1ft-playstation-4-faq/
It’ll be $19.99 in North America, so most probably something like €19.99 and £14.99, I guess.

7.2

Thank you i’ll wait for a sale.

Classic_Shooter 14 July, 2016 @ 21:22
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Looks good, but the annoying breathing sold me off.

8.1

Yeah, breathings over rated anyway.

Lt_Fed_Brusque 15 July, 2016 @ 10:52
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This sounds beautiful and terrifying in equal measure :) I remember feeling very tense while watching Gravity as it tapped right into my imagination of what it would be like to be adrift in space.

I also loved the suspense of Firewatch and the melancholy of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. This game could just my kind of thing!

Wow, this sounds great! Especially after reading the “What other games is ADR1FT similar to?” part, i loved all of those games, too. Expect Firewatch, that was too linear. EGttR was for me one of the best games of the year. I just hope the price is fitting, like 10-15€. If there is a good replay value, maybe even 20€, but not more.

Specky_Geek 15 July, 2016 @ 12:05
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Price please ?

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Yeah this is actually my type of game, totally ungeneric, unlike the fodder of shooters ( not including every shooter

13

When I come home to relax , being a casual gamer this is perfect for myself, just as Journey, soul suspect, EGTTR , FLOW , Flower , etc , and now a gorgeous space exploration game , brilliant !
Well done, Adam

fain2daniel 15 July, 2016 @ 22:38
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Day one buy for me.. played few hours today.. 5 stars for me… stunning, unique feeling.

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It’s too bad the game’s name makes it sound like some bargain-bin Fast & The Furious rip off car racing game…

jason-bridges 16 July, 2016 @ 17:45
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missed the most important question… price!

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