ADR1FT: A Deep Space Adventrue By Three One Zero
ADR1FT is a single-player and first-person space themed gaming experience due to release in summer of 2015. So far, ADR1FT is confirmed to be released on the Xbox One, PS4, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony Project Morpheus, and PC platforms.
ADR1FT is a story about being lost in space and adventure, a story told in first person’s surrounding, encounters and field of view. The only mission is to survive and find the way back home to earth. The setting is in silent, deep space with crashed and destroyed space station, with broken objects and dead bodies.
The space station is namely Hardiman Aerospace Northstar IV (HAN-IV) that orbits above Earth on its 11 month mission. A small crew has been living on the station, preparing it for a larger team that is scheduled to follow. The main character seems to be one of the astronauts onboard but with a memory loss.
The main character is a female astronaut, wearing a severely damaged spacesuit, that is gradually leaking oxygen and has no recollection of what happened to the space station and other astronauts on board.
The astronaut must try to figure out what happened, look for survivors ( The creator of Adr1ft has created a hashtag #SURVIVORDETECTED to be used and searched across social media ), staying alive and find viable way to return to earth.
As the astronaut floats and wander through remaining scraps and broken objects of the destroyed space station, there is one genius design that amplifies the sense of tension throughout the game. The astronaut’s life survival depends on the amount of oxygen remaining, and that’s not all!
The remaining amount of oxygen is needed for survival and navigation and is dropping slowly and gradually. In order to move around, the astronaut needs to use oxygen to power the propulsion system or air-pumping nozzle.
The astronaut is constantly facing the crucial decision over whether or not to use oxygen to navigate or simply just float slowly with less directional control, which will not depreciate any oxygen. Oxygen refill bottles are floating in the space, astronaut simply needs to grab it with virtual hands and recharge the oxygen tank.
Throughout the game, astronaut can pick up and interact with objects floating within the space, these objects are pieces of puzzles can be put together to form the whole story of the horrific event.
For example, there are little tablets that astronaut can pick that has bits and pieces of other character’s stories, stories about their life, relationship with other, and loneliness derived from being far away from home.
This is how the story of Adr1ft builds the tension, depth and emotional layers, and what sets Adr1ft apart from many other games; it is designed to be theatrical and emotional.
ADR1FT is created by Santa Monica, California based game developing studio Three One Zero, led by Omar Aziz and famed, controversial game developer Adam Orth, whose tweets had caused an internet fury 2 years ago. Which Orth have left all behind for good when he started Three One Zero. ADR1FT is published by 505 Games.
“Adrift will be a premium VR experience on Oculus Rift, Morpheus and Valve's Vive – as well “Our goal is to be the must-buy VR experience on each of those platforms at launch.”
Adam Orth told Red Bull
“Our goal is to make Adrift the best VR game in existence so far,” Orth says. “We want to be a game that if you buy Oculus, you can't have it without this game.”
“I’m very happy to be partnering with 505 Games for ADR1FT” said Orth. “From the very beginning, Ian Howe and his team have passionately understood the game Omar and I are trying to make. They have empowered us with the freedom to explore and create something special with ADR1FT, both traditionally and with VR technology. It’s clear from games like Payday 2, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and some of their upcoming titles that 505 is not afraid to take chances and give gamers something fresh and new. That’s important to us. That’s what we’re all about. We’re excited to be part of that.”
“When you talk about FPX, people think it is going to be a boring walking simulator,” Orth says. “It's important for us to have fun and gaming mechanics as well.”
“The themes we talk about in the game are about family, relationships, addiction and chasing your dreams. I wanted to make the game as real as possible, despite the fact that it’s a sci-fi game. I wanted the characters to be non-traditional video game characters. There’s a lot of my life in the game and in the stories. It’s a lot easier to do that when you’re making a smaller game than when you’re making a huge AAA game,” Orth told Examiner
“I've written and recorded the score entirely,” Orth explains. “My good friend Brian Bell of Weezer performed a Beethoven piano sonata that is an important part of the game's narrative. Brian is an incredibly talented piano player and he did an amazing job for us.” Adam Orth told Red Bull
For me personally, ADR1FT narrates an epic and poetic adventure that is to me a modern day reincarnation of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi movies by the legendary Stanley Kubrick.
We had a chance to test the game at Upload VR San Francisco earlier this year. We can truly feel the sense of tension and hopeless despair being the only survivor, alone in deep space, reminding us of scenes from the movie “Interstellar.”
According to Polygon, ADR1FT is the only the first from what is set to be an epic series, we can’t wait to test it on our PS4 and consumer version VR headsets! We loved ADR1FT’s emotional and personal approach of storytelling, looking forward for its summer 2015 official launch!
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