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Party Like It’s 1989 – Pixel Ripped 1989 Is Out Now

A VR homage to the heyday of handheld 8-bit videogames is out now on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.

The long-awaited virtual reality (VR) homage to retro videogames, Pixel Ripped 1989 has finally made it to a release date, and is available now for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The title has also napped a nomination for ‘Game of the Year’ at the VR Awards 2018.

Pixel Ripped 1989 is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the early days of videogames. The player takes on the role of young videogame fan Nicola, who needs to beat several classic-style videogames in order to thwart an invasion of the real world by the evil Cyblin Lord.

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The project was began back in 2014, when Brazilian developer Ana Ribeiro was a student in London. The development of Pixel Ripped 1989 turned out to be a huge project, and in 2017 Ribeiro joined development studio ARVORE.

ARVORE became the publisher and investor for Pixel Ripped 1989, propelling it along until it could complete development.

Pixel Ripped 1989 also receiving funding from Oculus, Intel and AMAZE Indie Festival, and has also netted nominations to IndieCade and Proto Awards. If the title is successful, the studio hope to make future instalments which will cover over eras of videogame history.

The VRFocus team did a review of Pixel Ripped 1989, where it got a positive reception, saying: “Pixel Ripped 1989 is very much one of those quirky VR experiences some will love while others won’t see the point of it. VRFocus is very much in the former camp when it comes to this. Pixel Ripped 1989 offers a unique gameplay experience that’s hard to put down, combining the addictive elements of classic platformers with the immersive stylings of VR.”

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A limited-time launch discount is available on Steam, Oculus Store and PlayStation Store, which will reduce the price to $19.99 (USD) from the usual price of $24.99.

For future coverage of Pixel Ripped 1989 and other VR projects, keep checking back with VRFocus.

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