In PlayStation’s State of Play broadcast last night, a mysterious new spaceship shooter from Agharta Studio was revealed for PSVR, which is slated to arrive sometime this winter.
Although the game put you in the pilot seat of a spaceship traversing the galaxy, it’s not supposed to be ‘hard sci-fi’. The game’s art director and concept artist Jordan Parrin says in a PS blogpost that Stardust Odyssey is rather based on an “80’s-style, French sci-fi universe inspired by the likes of Mœbius and Jean-Claude Mezières, leaning more towards a world of fantasy based on magic and not industrial, advanced technology.”
The sci-fi adventure is said to be playable in either single or co-op mode; the studio says it will offer up 14 levels that are “filled with treasures and secrets,” and plenty of level bosses and underlings along the way.
Here’s Agharta’s description of the game:
The evil of the Abyss has returned, and it is up to you to stop the threat! Jump aboard your Ethercraft and explore the most powerful convoys of the world of Stardust Odyssey! Find the 9 Relics and use your magic against the Guardians to restore the balance of your world. Navigate through merchant ships filled with treasures, search for the mysterious hidden Ethers, upgrade your ship, and defeat colossal Guardians in epic boss battles! But beware of the creatures of the Abyss hidden in the dark…
Agharta Studio, the Lyon, France-based team behind Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe (2016) for Oculus Rift, hasn’t made mention whether they’ll bring Stardust Odyssey to PC VR too. It’s currently listed as PSVR-only, although it will support PS Move controllers, the creators say.
We’re sure to get a bigger reveal closer to its Winter 2019 launch, and hopefully a lot more information to show more of the game’s overall scope. Here’s a quick sizzle reel taken from State of Play to whet your appetite: