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Pixel Rift Set for Release in 2015

Following in the footsteps of Bojan Brbora and his critically acclaimed 4PM, National Film & Television School (NFTS) student Ana Ribeiro has revealed to VRFocus her plans for the public release of graduate project, Pixel Rift. Developed primarily as a virtual reality (VR) experience, Pixel Rift will be made available to purchase in 2015.

A welcomingly unusual subject matter for a videogame, Pixel Rift challenges the player with the task of being a young girl growing into an adult. Beginning as a baby, our heroine becomes a pre-teen, teenager and eventually an adult, while along the way her most reliable constant is her love for videogames. From the 1970’s Odyssey 2 console through the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Game Boy and beyond, the player will experience the fictional ‘Pixel Rift’ videogame series across a number of different formats within the Pixel Rift videogame.

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“I’m planning to release the game next year,” stated Ribeiro in an interview with VRFocus. “I’m starting out with a good demo of the game so I can take it to Eurogamer [Expo]. We’re going to have a stand from the National Film [& Television] School in Eurogamer, so I’m working on this demo.”

Ribeiro has designed Pixel Rift with the intention of being played as a VR experience, however the videogame can also be played on a standard proscenium arch monitor. Though the videogame will launch on PC first, Ribeiro also has ambitions to bring Pixel Rift to PlayStation 4 and Project Morpheus. A companion app is also in development.

“A free companion app [will be available] so people can download it; the ‘Pixel Rift’ game that you play in virtual reality – this 2D platform game – I want to actually develop it for the app store and Android so people can download it,” Ribeiro revealed. “In the future… my dream future is for Project Morpheus.”

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Attendees of the Eurogamer Expo will get their first chance to play Pixel Rift next month. VRFocus will bring you the full interview with Ribeiro and a hands-on preview of Pixel Rift in the very near future.

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