The 70s and 80s sci-fi-inspired PSVR game Eden-Tomorrow has dropped a blog post and video on the PlayStation Blog, as it announces the game is ready to remove the curtain in the form of a demo. The director, Frank Sennholz, describes the journey to bringing a game to market, and it’s one that actually started as a concept for a CG movie in which an AI decides to go rogue. Creating a trailer for the movie removed the last of Sennholz’s savings, but the movie was never made.
In 2014, he put on a VR helmet, and, like many of us, realized it would open the door for some really amazing possibilities and put you into a different world in a way that no movie ever could. But what experience does an animation studio have with making games? They didn’t let that stop them, and they worked to create a demo of the concept.
The team faced new challenges. Since VR is still a newer medium, individual creators are still blazing trails into what can be done, but there is no specific path for you to follow. One of the in-game communication solutions of nodding your head came from an individual interaction Frank had in his daily life.
“The idea came about from a real world experience: I was at a sushi shop and the cook didn’t speak a word of German and I didn’t speak Japanese — he just pointed to the ingredients and I nodded or shook my head — bam!”
Sennholz also narrates a video (posted at the top) about the creation of the music for the game. No stranger to composing, he realized that it was a little beyond his ability to create the sounds he wanted. Dirk Ehlert was selected as the composer, and you can see a little of how he managed to create the emotional sounds required. (If you like game music or music in general, I’m a big fan of these types of videos, and an extended trailer can be found here.)
You know we love our PSVR, and a good sci-fi story and action is always welcome. There is a demo available for it right now if you are in the UK. I have scoured the NA PSN, and, as of the posting of this article, the cupboard is still bare. Until then, I’ll keep checking, I guess.
The release date for Eden-Tomorrow is still under wraps for now. PlayStation.com lists the release date as Q1 2019, but you can be sure we’ll have a review ready once the full version is available.
Until then, if you have the demo, let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.