If you’ve been following VR since the early developer kit days, you may recognize the ultra-retro nostalgia headtrip that is Pixel Ripped 1989. The multi-dimensional platformer-meets-VR adventure is slated to arrive on PSVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets July 31st.
Set in the late ’80s in Britain, you sneakily try to play your handy ‘Gear Kid’ without getting caught by your overbearing school teacher. Letting your imagination fill in the gaps, a whole fantasy world envelops you as the game-within-a-game takes over. Following the adventures of in-game character Dot, you battle the evil Cyblin Lord, who breaks through to the real world to wreak havoc.
Initially lead by Ana Ribeiro, Pixel Ripped 1989 is the living successor to her earlier project, Pixel Rift, an Oculus Rift DK2 demo developed back in 2014 as a part of Ribiero’s Master’s Degree project. Undeterred by the lack of the community support through Pixel Ripped’s failed 2015 Kickstarter, work on Pixel Ripped 1989 continued until very recently, culminating in the full game ready to be released on all major VR platforms soon.
Development of the game since shifted to São Paulo-based Arvore Immersive Experiences, with Ribiero as a developer.