By Crystal Colwell / August 25th, 2015
The following are bits of what I read earlier today in a press release. It made me stop and think for a moment.
“Funktronic Labs and Curve Digital celebrated today’s launch of sci-fi adventure game Nova-111 by sending a copy of the game on a PlayStation Vita into space. The Vita and game were sent soaring more than 36,000 meters above the Earth attached to a helium balloon, all whilst being filmed by a GoPro camera.”
“We created the first indie game ever to be sent into space, how freakin awesome is that?” said Eddie Lee, Co-founder of Funktronic Labs. “This is a culmination of two years’ work for us so we wanted to celebrate the release of the game in style with the Curve guys. Watching the footage back is truly magical and I’m really proud of what we achieved with the game. ”
Of course 100 bad jokes went through my head. This game is really out of this world, this gives a new meaning to launch date… I’ll spare you the rest! You can watch it for yourself if you would like.
Why did I think the Vita would burst into flames or some alien being would attack or whatever? This isn’t a Michael Bay film. Anyhow, apparently after a five-hour journey, the Vita managed to land safely in a swamp on the outskirts of Norwich. Did I mention it was still in perfect working order? Interesting.
Now for a bit about the game that you just watched take off and nudge the edges of space: Nova-111 is a “quirky sci-fi adventure game set in space that utilises an interesting in-game mechanic in which players must manipulate both turn-based strategy and real time gameplay to fight alien creatures and solve puzzles.” Players control the Nova to explore space and save 111 of the world’s greatest minds because things went horribly wrong in on of the worlds largest scientific experiments.
The game is available now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3 and Steam (PC/Mac). The Xbox One version will release this Friday 31 August and the Wii U version will be coming later this year. The game will be £11.99/€14.99 with a 20 % launch discount.
Source: Press Release