In response to the overwhelmingly positive response players had to Playroom VR’s “Robot Rescue” mini-game, the Asobi team at Japan Studio decided to feature the adorable big-headed little robot again in his own full standalone called Astro Bot Rescue Mission. If you’re not familiar with Robot Rescue – it was one of a collection of mini-games that featured on the free Playroom VR disk that was released for PSVR to demonstrate its abilities.
In Astro Bot Rescue Mission you take control of Astro, the bot captain of a ship on a mission to rescue its lost crew. The game transports you across 5 planets. During which you’ll have to complete 26 stages to find and rescue over 200 lost bots. The game is an action platformer that will have you running, jumping and punching your way through to an eventual epic boss fight on each stage.
“Thanks to PS VR, we were able to take platforming to new heights and develop rich gameplay around the player, taking advantage of the increased perspective, proximity and the added depth that PS VR offers. As a result, the game feels incredibly smooth, and jumps are ultra-precise – even in situations where the action ramps up. This opens up many doors for innovative play such as playing an entire sequence from multiple angles – below, from above, across 180 degrees or by leaning round corners to discover ledges and progress through levels,” said Nicolas Doucet, Producer at SCEJ in a PlayStation Blog post.
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While controlling Astro, you play as a giant robot who has the advantage of seeing the obstacles from several viewpoints. The game lets you play from multiple angles, including a top-down view that changes to best suit the action and obstacles on the path ahead in each level.
So that means you’re not exactly interacting directly with the environment for most of the game. But the developers have implemented some VR immersion in the form of incoming attacks that you have to physically dodge, as well as certain parts of the environment that you have to smash yourself. Failing to do so also means it’s game over for both you and Astro.
In Astro Bot Rescue Mission, your DualShock 4 is visible in the game and the many tools you’ll use throughout will actually emerge from your controller. “Depending on the situation, it may become a hook shot, a water gun, or even a deadly ninja star – very useful for chopping spider webs, creating platforms or slicing enemies in your way. These gadgets will be found on your path so keep an eye out for them,” Doucet went on to say.
The studio hasn’t revealed a release date for Astro Bot Rescue Mission yet, but have promised to reveal more details about the game soon.