Developer Tigertron today announced that its underwater PS4 and PSVR-enabled adventure game Jupiter & Mars will release on the 22nd of April in North America, with the release date for other territories to be confirmed at a later date.
This game represents a real labor of love for myself and the entire team, so it’s rewarding to finally be able to share these dolphins with players on Earth Day 2019. While it’s playable in both VR and without, experiencing Jupiter & Mars in virtual reality is really something special. That we were able to bring real-world environmental groups like SeaLegacy and The Ocean Foundation with us on our journey makes this a really meaningful event for me, the team, and most importantly, our children. We set out to do something different with the video game medium, to stimulate discussion and share a positive message. As it is said in the game, ‘There is always a tomorrow, and with every tomorrow there is always hope.
Jupiter & Mars is an adventure game with both action and puzzle elements, set in a fantastic, futuristic, neon world where almost everything is underwater. Inspired by topics like climate change and plastic pollution, Jupiter & Mars is a thought-provoking game that simply inspires players to wonder “Could this happen?”.
Everywhere you look are sunken remnants of mankind’s past, populated by sea creatures big and small, and illuminated by evolved lifeforms that have assimilated into their being centuries worth of chemicals, plastics, metals and everything else humans have dumped in the oceans. While the world’s oceans have begun to reclaim and restore themselves, some particularly stubborn remnants of mankind’s technological past still remain. It’s up to our heroes, Jupiter and Mars, two evolved dolphins (one player-controlled, the other your hybrid player-controlled/AI partner) to make things right.
While it’s playable in non-VR, the game really shines when you put the headset on. You’re suddenly in a vibrant, pulsating underwater world where you’ll see familiar places in an all-new context, and that’s pretty exciting when you’re in a virtual reality setting. Tigerton is working to make this a 360-degree experience, offering equal parts visuals, audio, and haptic feedback.
Jupiter & Mars will be available for PS4 and PlayStation VR.