The much-anticipated space station game, ADR1FT, developed by Three One Zero studio will be arriving on Sony consoles next week. The game tells the story of Alex Oshina, an astronaut who becomes stranded on a wrecked space station.
The player will have to solve puzzles and learn the ropes of what remains of the space station to return safely to earth. The main character has no memory of the events before the accident, as the player will have to gather information about how to survive and the whereabouts of the other crew members through audio logs and text files, all while undergoing imminent oxygen depletion.
A new First-Person Experience for gamers
ADR1FT was announced on 2014. It is also being developed for Xbox One, as PC users have been playing the game since March. The game employs VR compatibility, so players can enjoy the game at its best using Oculus Rift and similar headsets. There is no confirmation as to whether the game will be compatible with PlayStation VR since many reviewers argue that the PS4’s hardware will not be able to reproduce the entirety of ADR1FT’s graphics on a headset.
It is regarded as an “immersive First Person Experience (FPX)” due to the player having to solve puzzles rather than completing long quests and shooting at targets. Besides, the game seems to be focused on the environment and how the player interacts with it. It still counts as a game, but it may be one of the first to incur in the FPX genre, where many argue that movies may finally meet their adversaries in the terms of art forms. Interaction is what sets games apart from movies, and the fact that viewers can dive into space and take part in their adventure is a way of allowing them to star in their film. Gamers can expect many more games similar to ADR1FT, as the possibilities are endless since VR headsets have become a mainstream peripheral, along with augmented reality.
VR is the next step in entertainment
The possibility of capturing a 360-degree visual environment allows for a brand new field of arts and visual entertainment. 4K VR cameras are already available for purchase, but creators need to find ways to bring visual environments to their viewers. That is where video games such as ADR1FT can excel. To create impossible (or very unlikely) scenarios and environments are relatively easy in a video game. Furthermore, gamers can enjoy VR content with that much ease when compared to traditional forms of visual arts.
Other games similar to Three One Zero’s ADR1FT is Campo Santo’s Firewatch and The Chinese Room’s Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Some reviewers argue that the game has amazing graphics and audio, but falls short in the field of being a game as such, as it is focused on the narrative rather than the user’s ability to overcome obstacles.
The Xbox One version is expected later in 2016, but there have been no official announcements regarding its release. Gamers predict that, due to its listing on the official Xbox Store, the game should be available for purchase on September 16. For PS4 it will cost $19.99
You can watch Youtuber SplatterCatGaming playing ADR1FT here.