The Origins of Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Out Today

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The Origins of Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Out Today

Japan Studio looks back at how a popular mini-game from Playroom VR became a full-fledged platformer game.

Hello, cosmic friends! This is Nicolas Doucet, Creative Director of Astro Bot Rescue Mission over at Japan Studio. We’re very excited to announce that Astro Bot Rescue Mission is available now! As more and more PlayStation fans join Astro’s epic VR adventure, it’s a great time to revisit the genesis of the project.

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, ASOBI Team released The Playroom VR, a compilation of multiplayer games free to download for all PS VR users. The game received praise and one mini-game in particular caught the attention of the gamers: a simple platformer called “Robot Rescue.” The reactions were very positive with many of you asking for a full game. And after 18 months of trying new ideas, hard work, and a dose of fun, Astro Bot Rescue Mission is live on PS VR!

Our motivation for creating this one is to show that VR is great for third-person action games. As we prototyped various ways to play in VR, we felt the platforming genre definitely had potential to grow and evolve within VR.

In this video, I join three of the old timers from Team ASOBI: Takumi (Lead Programmer), Gento (Lead Designer) and Seb (Art Director) for a ride down memory lane, looking at the origins of Astro Bot Rescue Mission.

We hope you enjoy this video and I want to thank each and every one of you for showing your support over the past months. It made a huge difference. This one is for you! If you want to experience platforming re-invented for VR, head over to PlayStation Store to get your copy of Astro Bot Rescue Mission now!

Thank you all and speak again soon!

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  • Still enjoying Spider-Man and Firewall Zero Hour, but with this release, I am going to have to add another game into my actively playing rotation.

  • Interesting stuff! Robot Rescue was the first thing I tried when I bought PS.VR day #1 – magical! That was my Mario64 moment right there (holding up my arm to brush aside the hanging vines was my first VR “d’oh!” moment, too… the second leaning on a desk that wasn’t there in Heist, lol). Now there’s a full robo-adventure awaiting <3 yay <3 Have it ready to unlock in less than 7 hours, going to go have a nap and make sure I can stay up a long time and play :) thank you Sony & Japan Studio for making this happen <3 <3 <3

  • I want to thank each & every one of you for giving us what is quite possibly one of the best VR games ever made.

    Thank you very much.

    Anyone with PSVR needs this game in their library.

    For real.

  • Got it today and it’s easily the most fun I’ve had playing a game this year.

    Spiderman is a close second

    God this is good

  • I’ve only had time to play the first 2 levels so far, but this is a fantastic game. I typically prefer more realistic first person perspective games in VR, but Astro Bot is amazing.

  • Thank you for listening to the fans and creating such a wonderful gem. I played thru the first world last night and you could not wipe the smile from my face. It’s a absolute must for PSVR fans. VR Perfection!!!

  • Been wanting this since the playroom version. Great for young and old. Now some sequels please. Thanks.

  • Been hoping they would make this since the playroom version. Happily pre ordered. Well worth it. Hope your working on sequels

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