Developer Llamasoft, founded by Jeff Minter – the mind behind titles like Space Giraffe and Tempest 2000 – is announced that they’re working on a new VR title called Polybius. And people have excited about this news since last year. But the wait is over, since the game is set to release for Playstation VR tomorrow, 10 May.
And if you aren’t familiar with the legend of Polybius or the fact that it’s now a VR title, then read on.
The legend of Polybius goes way back to the early days of American arcades. People would say that there is this mysterious arcade machine called Polybius that would cause weird symptoms in people after they played on it. These symptoms included memory loss, nightmares, migraines, nausea, and, supposedly, suicidal tendencies. After a while, other parts were added to the story which included silent men in black suits who would show up to collect data from the arcades and even military studies. People in the video gaming community have been talking about it since the 1980’s.
So in reality, the game was a lot like Tempest which, coincidentally, was also developed by Jeff Minter. And there were early builds of Tempest (which could have been on arcade machines) where the tunnel in the game was spinning and while the ship and lane remained fixed. These early builds were said to cause motion sickness in play-testers – which could have been the culprit for the rumors.
Polybius VR Is Paying Homage To Classic Arcade Games
Oh No! The Government wants to control our minds again! Don’t Play Polybius. Just don’t risk it! Well, that’s the general level of trolling that’s following the news of the game’s announcement. And I’m really loving reading through all the funny comments about mind control, radiation poisoning, etc. that will come with playing this game.
The new title by Llamasoft really fits the description of their earlier Tempest game as well, with it’s fast-paced, psychedelic gameplay. Which in all honestly looks like a true homage to classic arcade games. And arcade games are making a bit of a comeback, like the Battlezone remake by Rebellion VR which also came out for the Playstation VR this year.
You can check out the trailer for Polybius below: