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The creator of classic adventure Another World returns with Paper Beast, coming to PS VR this year

Renowned game designer Eric Chahi's latest imagines a data server as a colourful world filled with papercraft creatures

Hi! I am Eric Chahi, maker of Another World. I’m thrilled to introduce you to our new game, Paper Beast, set for a release later in 2019 on PlayStation VR.

Somewhere deep down in the vast memory of a data server, an ecosystem has emerged. Decades of lost code and algorithms have accumulated in the eddies and flows of the Internet. A small bubble of life has blossomed. Paper Beast is born.  

A few years ago, I was playing with physics in the Unity Engine with several cool new gameplay elements in mind. Notions of Big Data were swimming in my head. As you know, I’ve always enjoyed exploring new concepts and creative territories. That was my motivation when I created Another World back in 1991 on the Amiga.

To be independent and free to share my passion for exploring new experiences and technology, I created my new studio: Pixel Reef. The studio is like our atoll, our happy place—a space for creative exploration.

Experimentation and discovery

With Paper Beast, we wanted to create a complete ecosystem with unique wildlife. We wanted to reproduce the excitement you might feel as an explorer discovering a virgin land, a place where no human has been before. When you watch animals in nature, you feel something special about how they move and react. They exhibit an intense sense of vitality that makes exploring all the more enriching. You will interact with the creatures and will start to form delicate bonds with them.

So how did we incorporate this into Paper Beast?

Every bit of gameplay is built atop a simulation covering every conceivable detail, from terrain simulation to animal locomotion. You can precisely interact with the environment as an immersive, playful universe. Creatures will adapt their behaviour to how you, as a player, interact with the world. Paper Beast is not a god game, but we did put some key ingredients in it.

Live an adventure

More than anything, Paper Beast is a virtual journey leading by quirky animals through a colourful universe that sprouts from the remnants of the internet.

We will tell you a story, but the narration is unspoken. Through the events of the world, their pacing, the story unfolds. Much like Another World, there is no text or dialogue. There is only the environment, and you will feel immediately connected to it. Our physics system enriches the experience through simple interaction and manipulation of the environment.

We also wanted the environment to be meaningful and touching. The creatures you’ll meet, all made of paper, are the symbolic bridge between the world of men and the world of information technology.

A passion for technologies

3D immersion has always enthralled me: you can feel the environment around you in its entirety. With VR, your gestures are spatialized, so you can fall into a fully interactive, simulated living world.

One of the VR lessons I learned during development is just how critical sound is for immersion. In movies they say that sound is 50% of a picture. Everything becomes so more tangible with authentic sounds. That is even more true in VR. Sound is 50% of space! At Pixel Reef, we have three people working full-time to deliver an outstanding binaural experience.

We have been tirelessly working on Paper Beast for three years, and we think you’ll find our unique DNA in it. We can’t wait to share the world of Paper Beast with you, and we look forward to hearing about your own experience in the virtual world.

We will keep you updated until the launch!

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“set for a release later in 2019 on PlayStation VR – with the PlayStation 4 specific version coming in 2020.”

I don’t know what that means? How can a game come to PSVR a year before arriving on PS4?

Cool concept though. I’m curious what players will actually be doing in this game, but exploring a simulated ecosystem does seem interesting.

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I Presume, it will only be on PSVR first… but next year you can play on a PS4 without PSVR. Eve and Battlezone did the same thing.

Odysseus-Dreams 10 April, 2019 @ 20:21
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Lots of PSVR games have a 2D mode too so people without PSVR can play.

Very cool, I look forward to see more about the game.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt if From Dust was re-released for the PS4. Or Heart of Darkness for that matter ;)

Yeah. But considering the new gen is more poverfull than last one, I would prefer to see From Dust 2 with bigger maps.

Looks cool, curious to see more. Great to see so much VR content due out this year.

Surrealistic GFX – looks good but keeping in mind other games for PS-VR I require demo version.

In some games I cannot play on the PS VR.

bassslammers 11 April, 2019 @ 09:06
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This looks so refreshing, cant wait to get my head in to it .

davidheaven78 11 April, 2019 @ 12:42
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Another Masterpiece!! MUST HAVE!!!

Even if this game turns to be awful, its a must buy. Its the least we can do mr. Eric for all the memories and happy moments you gave as in our childhood through our Amiga.

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