Hello, my name is James Hunt. I am the Creative Lead on the new title from us at Fast Travel Games; a heartwarming, interactive tale made for PlayStation VR called The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets.
Our studio was founded in 2016 by former creators of franchises such as Battlefield, Mirror’s Edge & Angry Birds, and we have since then released Apex Construct on PS VR. The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets is something completely different from our debut title however…
Imagine that you have a miniature world in front of you; a world full of details, colourful life and lots of interactive elements, that immerses you from the first second. Imagine engaging with these worlds simply by using your intuition, free from stress or fail states.
A game that can be accessed and enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age or gaming preferences. This was the mission we set as we developed the game. It has been a true passion project and I am so excited to finally see being available for PS VR!
In The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets, you get to help you Grandfather solve the mystery of the stolen pets by travelling back to your childhood and the imaginary worlds you created together.
While solving puzzles and finding the pets by using your hands to grip, spin, drop and push the elements in the worlds, you are taken on an emotional journey where you come to realise things about yourself you forgot decades ago.
The narrative plays a big role in this game, spanning over 5 unique worlds and allowing you to revisit a joyful past but also to resolve a family conflict. In between worlds, you return to your childhood bedroom where you can choose which world to travel to next.
In September this year, The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets was picked as ‘Best Immersive Game’ at Raindance Film Festival. It was a surprising but wonderful sensation to win an award for my first title as Creative Lead, especially considering the other great titles in the award category. One of the judges said that he “…fell in love with The Curious Tale – from the art style to the music, it really showcases the best of what VR has to offer”.
I am also extremely excited to have music from Wintergatan featured in The Curious Tale. Wintergatan became world-renowned after creating the Marble Machine, a musical instrument consisting of 2000 marbles. Not only because I am a huge fan of their music, it really fits perfectly with the theme of the game.
On PlayStation VR, The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets can be played using 1 or 2 PS Move controllers, or the standard Dualshock 4 controller. It has localised subtitles for Spanish (main & LATAM versions), French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean & Brazilian Portuguese. It’s available tomorrow on PlayStation Store.
I could not be any more proud of the game itself or the small dedicated team that created it, and simply cannot wait to see the reactions as PS VR players around the world start exploring the miniature worlds we created!