Action-packed PS VR-exclusive platformer Astro Bot Rescue Mission launches 3rd October

Explore 26 levels and battle huge bosses in a brand new adventure from Japan Studio

Hello everyone! This is Nicolas Doucet, Creative Director over at Japan studio. Today I have some exciting news to share with you all. I am delighted to announce that our latest game, Astro Bot Rescue Mission will be released on 3rd October*!

Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a new VR platformer created exclusively for PS VR. In the game you take control of Astro, the captain of a spaceship traveling in search for his lost crew.

The adventure spans across 26 levels that take the platforming genre to new heights with 360 degree VR gameplay, huge towering bosses, precise controls and a good dose of challenge and humour! If you haven’t had a chance to see the game in action yet, check out this video where I explain some of the game’s main features.

Astro Bot Rescue Mission will be available both physically and digitally and pre-orders will be available later today, so go ahead and reserve your copy: Astro and his crew need you!

If you pre-order the game from PlayStation Store, you’ll receive:

  • Astro Bot avatars
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission dynamic theme
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission full digital soundtrack

Until the game is ready to land in your home, the guys in Japan Studio Asobi! Team are working extra hard to make sure Astro Bot is great and features the high level of polish you’d come to expect from Japan Studio.


I thank you all again for the great enthusiasm, lovely words, and encouragements you’ve showed since we announced the game. Every little comment you make means a lot to us so please keep them coming!

That’s all from us. See you in a galaxy near you very soon!

*Astro Bot Rescue Mission will release 4th October in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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dangerousbrian0 23 July, 2018 @ 14:08

Will there be a Physical version or is it only a digital release.


”Astro Bot Rescue Mission will be available both physically and digitally and pre-orders will be available later today, so go ahead and reserve your copy: Astro and his crew need you!”

Tiago_Ruivo 23 July, 2018 @ 14:25

I was hoping for a summer release but still glad its not at the end of the year


what! I thought this was gonna be a free game! screw that, now I’m even less interested, and it’s way too hot for VR anyway


you are soo cheap if you have bought the playstation vr you get one game free from them be greatfull and stop be cheap and if you dont wanna pay just play demos for the rest of your life if you want real games you sould expact to pay for them you must be under 18 im sure u dont have a credit card yet and you cant work yet probably and u mom and dad wont buy you games lol go serch for free games in the app store on the phone


Yes byteflare! Screw those developers wanting to eat and having a roof above their heads! They should consider themselves honoured to make free games for you!


Japan Studio is a Sony first party studio. Sony can afford to put something out for free to the people who bought VR. not only would it be a nice gesture to the players it could potentially get new players into VR. I mean the first Astrobot thing is free, and from E3 it was my understanding there’d be more of that.

but that’s Sony. they didn’t even give us VR Worlds for free, which was essentially just a demo disc.

PlanetJumble 24 July, 2018 @ 16:08

First party didn’t mean they don’t have to make money. It’s not like your console / headset purchase gave them a ton of budget to make free games. If anything from E3 sounded like free game in your ear, it’s not Sony’s fault, they never said anything of that kind.

VR Worlds was bundled with many many headsets and still is. And there’s still The Playroom VR for free and two demo discs. Also Rec Room exists. So there’s your free content.

Astrobot is a full game with 8+ hours of content, more if you want to achieve everything. People are screaming for full sized games, and when they are coming, some even want them for free. They say you can’t please everyone – well that’s obvious when everyone includes you.

3 days later & still no sign of those pre-orders.

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