VR Arcade Shooter Will Kick Your A**, Sorry Not Sorry
VANCOUVER, Canada – Jan. 25, 2018 — Primetime Emmy® Award-winning developer Secret Location and publisher Archiact have joined forces to bring the unabashed bullet hell mayhem of Blasters of the Universe to PlayStation®VR. Available on Feb. 27, 2018, nimbleness will be key in Blasters of the Universe as players duck, dodge and deflect their way through increasingly challenging levels in a neon-bathed world inspired by the outrageous cover art of 90s VHS tapes.
Praised by critics and players alike on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Secret Location’s arcade shooter Blasters of the Universe pulls PSVR gamers into a searing technicolour VR battle against nerd-turned-evil-genius Grand Master Alwyn. His endless waves of spiraling projectiles and hordes of minions encapsulate the player in an onslaught of danger that’s core to the notorious bullet hell genre. But even those who master the game’s physical challenges will struggle to maintain their composure against Grand Master Alwyn’s embarrassing attempts at hurling terribly outdated insults towards the player.
“We made Blasters of the Universe with Archiact to inject the pure intensity of classic bullet hell games with modern VR’s innate ability to immerse and impress gamers. This game also really takes advantage of VR’s accessibility, making the infamous bullet hell genre a cinch to pick-up-and-play while still honoring its challenging roots,” said Josh Manricks, Technical Director and Project Lead at Secret Location. “I just have one piece of advice for those new to our game: careful not to eye-roll yourself to death – Grand Master Alwyn is seriously ridiculous!”
Blasters of the Universe requires two PlayStation MoveTM controllers, one for shield-wielding and one for brandishing a weapon with over 130,000 ways to customize it to match the player’s style. Those preferring an easier experience can tone down the action with the all-new Casual mode that brings down the difficulty of enemies’ attacks. On the flip side, those seeking a true test of endurance and adrenaline can engage with the Endless mode that’s tailormade for high score junkies.
About Secret Location
Founded in 2009 and acquired by Entertainment One (eOne) in 2016, Secret Location combines cutting-edge technology with traditional storytelling to create digitally accelerated experiences for the web, mobile, tablet, and emerging platforms such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) and the platforms to discover it. Secret Location created the first original serialized VR narrative and is the first company in the world to win a Primetime Emmy Award for a VR project.
Archiact is a premium virtual and augmented reality studio headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with an additional office located in Shanghai, China. Archiact specializes in virtual reality game development, publishing, and custom business solutions. As the host of CVR, North America’s first consumer-facing VR/AR/MR conference and expo, Archiact actively powers the growth of the virtual reality industry for both businesses and customers alike. Founded in 2013, Archiact is now one of the world’s largest dedicated immersive reality studios.
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