Blast From The Past VR Game Pixel Ripped 1989 Releasing This Month

by David Jagneaux • July 10th, 2018

Back in March of this year the team from ARVORE told us that Pixel Ripped 1989, it’s highly-anticipated nostalgia-trip of a VR game was due out for release in May, but it got delayed. Now, the team is back again with a firm release date of July 31st, 2018 at the very end of this month. Hopefully this time the release date sticks.

In Pixel Ripped you play as a young schoolgirl that has to secretly hide her portable game system from teachers’ prying eyes during class. Since it’s a VR game your head movement is tracked to the young girl in the “real” world of the game, while your thumbs interface with the game system like you’re actually holding it in your hands. It creates a bizarre game-within-a-game effect that’s really intriguing.

When we tried it out at GDC earlier this year we liked the intense platforming action, which was reminiscent of early Mega Man titles, but we’re unsure whether or not the VR gimmick has enough to much to offer beyond its initial hook. Hopefully the full game uses the medium in some more novel and exciting ways.

Pixel Ripped 1989 will release on all three major platforms with the Rift, Vive, and PSVR on the same day at a price point of $24.99, although you can pre-order it starting today to save 20%. More details can be found on the PSN Store, Oculus Home, and Steam.

Let us know what you think down in the comments below!

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