PlayStation VR

FuturLab readies Mini-Mech Mayhem for PSVR

You want robots, sci-fi, battles and VR? Velocity 2X and Tiny Trax studio announces next project

“It’s a metaphor for our studio”, says award-winning Brighton firm

Award-winning Brighton studio Futurlab has revealed its next release – Mini-Mech Mayhem for PSVR.

Futurlab is keeping its cards close to its chest regarding full details of the game, but Mini-Mech Mayhem is a robot battle game, where you play the big buddy and your Mini-Mech partner is the little buddy.

Futurlab enjoyed a hit with its debut PSVR title Tiny Trax this summer, which followed the firm’s critically-acclaimed best seller, Velocity 2X.

Mini-Mech Mayhem will be released in 2018, with further details to follow.

FuturLab is also significantly bolstering its development team for the project, including hiring a Technical Director and several programmers.

“Your Mini-Mech is full of enthusiasm, passion and incredible power, but sometimes, amongst all the mayhem, this little buddy loses sight of the big picture,” explains Futurlab MD James Marsden.

“So you’re there to guide your Mini-Mech buddy to success. Any mistakes along the way can be chalked up as a learning experience, and over time you’ll trust each other, achieving many wonderful and hilarious victories together.”

“Mini-Mech Mayhem sees us return to our passion of sci-fi,” added Marsden. “Having made our debut on PSVR with Tiny Trax, we’ve learnt a lot about the format and we’re looking forward to putting these new skills to work in Mini-Mech Mayhem soon.

“We also see Mini-Mech Mayhem as a metaphor for our studio. Futurlab is PlayStation’s little buddy and we, in turn, play the role of a big buddy to our staff.

“Just as PlayStation cares about fostering our creativity, by helping us explore new ideas, we foster the creativity in our team. We shield their passionate enthusiasm from the turbulent mayhem of the games industry, so they can create something they care about, at a pace of challenge that is manageable.

“We can’t wait to share more information about Mini-Mech Mayhem. Until then, please let your friends know we’re hiring!”

Notes To Editors

About FuturLab
FuturLab is an award-winning game studio based in Brighton, UK. The company develops and publishes original games on mobile and console, its portfolio including the critically-acclaimed Velocity 2X, Surge Deluxe and Tiny Trax PSVR.
www.futurlab.co.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/futurlab
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/futurlab

Press Contacts

Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
+44 (0) 7970 164201

James Marsden – FuturLab
James@futurlab.co.uk
+ 44 (0) 1273 420367

20% discount on Tiny Trax PSVR pre-orders available now

Micro Machines meets Scalextric' PlayStation VR slot racer available
for just £10.39/€11.99 ahead of July 25th release

PlayStation Plus subscribers in Europe can now pre-order Tiny Trax for just £10.39/€11.99, representing a 20% discount ahead of the game’s July 25th 2017 release.

The European PlayStation Plus Pre-Order link can be found at http://bit.ly/2tUryhK.

Pre-order details for PlayStation Plus subscribers in the US will be announced shortly.

Tiny Trax delivers a unique and innovative slot car drift racing experience for PlayStation VR described as ‘Micro Machines meets Scalextric’ - with an emphasis on player comfort.

The game, from award-winning Brighton-based studio FuturLab (Velocity 2X), immerses players in stunning virtual worlds surrounded by a variety of epic toy racing tracks, allowing them to control tiny cars from a child’s perspective, and watch them boost around their body, jump overhead and drift around bends.

A drifting/boost-recharge mechanic means Tiny Trax is easy to pick up, but challenging to master. Importantly, the player remains static in the virtual world, while they control the action going on around them, resulting in extremely comfortable and satisfying gameplay.

The game also boasts online multiplayer functionality for up to four players, with 12 tracks across three environments – Tropical, Fire & Ice and Outer Space – and six vehicles to choose from.

The music has been composed by leading video game composer Joris de Man, whose previous work includes Horizon: Zero Dawn, Killzone and FuturLab’s own Velocity 2X.

Tiny Trax received a hugely positive reception when it featured as part of PlayStation’s presence at E3 in June, encompassing the official press event, a demo pod on the PlayStation booth and the platform holder’s first ever VR livestream.

PS VR E3 Gameplay Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twZuRK65yyM

Tiny Trax will be release simultaneously for PlayStation VR in Europe and the US on July 25th 2017, priced at £12.99/€14.99/$19.99.

“We’re tremendously excited that Tiny Trax is now available to pre-order for PlayStation VR in Europe,” said FuturLab Director James Marsden. “VR is still a new concept to a lot of people, so we strived to make a game where all the environments evoke emotions of comfort and excitement. In Tiny Trax you play as a full-sized adult in a tiny world with even smaller cars – It’s a hugely compelling and re-playable game that we hope brings a new perspective to VR.”

Gameplay trailers:

EU (PEGI): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozgxvLhIkDA
 
US (ESRB): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXGZ2irc8dw

More information about Tiny Trax can be found here: www.futurlab.co.uk/games/tiny-trax

Notes To Editors

About FuturLab
FuturLab is an award-winning game studio based in Brighton, UK. The company develops and publishes original games on mobile and console, its portfolio including the critically-acclaimed Velocity 2X and Surge Deluxe.
www.futurlab.co.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/futurlab
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/futurlab

Press Contacts
Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
07960 164201

James Marsden – FuturLab
James@futurlab.co.uk
01273 420367

Tiny Trax races onto PlayStation VR

Studio behind Velocity 2X announces new online multiplayer VR slot racer billed as
'Micro Machines meets Scalextric' * Epic racing in a tiny world!

Award-winning Brighton-based studio FuturLab has announced Tiny Trax, a stunning new slot racing game for PlayStation VR.

Set for release this summer, Tiny Trax sees childhood imaginations come to life as tiny cars boost around your body, jump overhead and drift around bends on a virtual slot racing track just inches from your face.

Importantly, a player’s viewpoint of the game mimics that of a child surrounded by a giant toy racing track inside each virtual world, which creates an extremely comfortable and satisfying experience.

Boasting online multiplayer functionality for up to four players, Tiny Trax features 12 tracks across three environments – Tropical, Fire & Ice and Outer Space – with six vehicles to choose from.

The music has been composed by leading video game composer Joris de Man, whose previous work includes Horizon: Zero Dawn, Killzone and FuturLabs’ own Velocity 2X.

Tiny Trax will be available for hands-on demo at Sony’s pre-E3 press event next month (Monday June 12th), on the show floor during E3 and with a roll-out in Europe and North America expected this summer.

The game is the brainchild of game designer Dave Gabriel, who came up with the concept when he was a game tester at FuturLab. Backed by FuturLab’s management team, Gabriel took on the challenge of designing Tiny Trax from the ground up – covering everything from the controls, to the levels, to deciding trophies. He has since been promoted to game designer.

“We’re delighted to announce Tiny Trax – it’s a game that will appeal to players of all ages, allowing them to dive straight in and recreate the thrill of slot racing in immersive virtual environments,” said FuturLab MD James Marsden. “In addition, it’s a great testament to the team here at FuturLab – particularly Dave Gabriel – that Tiny Trax will be demonstrated alongside titles from industry heavyweights at Sony’s E3 booth.”

Gameplay trailers:

EU (PEGI): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozgxvLhIkDA
 
US (ESRB): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXGZ2irc8dw

More information about Tiny Trax can be found here: www.futurlab.co.uk/games/tiny-trax

James Marsden and Dave Gabriel are available for telephone interview, and are also taking appointments for face-to-face interviews & demos on the PlayStation booth at E3.

Notes To Editors

About FuturLab
FuturLab is an award-winning game studio based in Brighton, UK. The company develops and publishes original games on mobile and console, its portfolio including the critically-acclaimed Velocity 2X and Surge Deluxe.
www.futurlab.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/futurlab
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/futurlab

Press Contacts
Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
07960 164201

James Marsden – FuturLab
James@futurlab.co.uk
01273 420367

Ralph & Kuju Enterprise create ground-breaking PlayStation VR music experience for Sony & The Chainsmokers

Leading brand experience agency collaborates with VR content specialist on new Sony campaign ‘Lost In Music’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brand experience agency Ralph Creative has teamed up with Kuju Enterprise, a full service Virtual Reality (VR) content specialist, to create a groundbreaking music remix experience for Grammy Award winning duo The Chainsmokers.

The experience, for the single Paris, was unveiled last month at SXSW in Austin and is now available exclusively for PlayStation VR in the PlayStation Store. It has initially been released in the US (http://bit.ly/2qq5jOA), with a global roll-out to follow shortly.

Viewers get to experience a live-remixed version of Paris, as they enter the mind of Drew Taggart (with the introduction filmed by the other half of The Chainsmokers Alex Pall). Flying through an ethereal landscape the audio is remixed through stems from the original version and remix versions of the song. Decisions along the route make major changes to the mix whilst looking at various objects make more subtle changes to what is being heard.

The Chainsmoker’s Paris.VR is part of Sony’s new brand campaign ‘Lost In Music’ which is about creating new musical experiences by bringing together Sony’s technology with the hottest Sony Music artists. Ralph led the creative and production across the entire campaign.

Chris Hassell, founder of Ralph said: “We are having a great time working across this entire project. Paris.VR is a great virtual representation of what we have been trying to do across video content and our immersive musical theatre events - bringing new ways of interacting with music and artists. Having it released on the PlayStation Store is yet more icing on the cake.”

Kuju’s head of studios Brynley Gibson added: “Innovating and confounding expectations of a music video using Virtual Reality has been a fantastic creative journey. Collaborating with Ralph on this project and bringing our knowledge of making branded experiences together has resulted in a unique slice of VR that we are all very proud of.”

Chris Hassell and Brynley Gibson are both available for interview.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Ralph
Ralph makes branded experiences that people genuinely love and want to share. They are based in London, New York and Los Angeles with their clients including Sony Corportation, Sony Music, Sony Pictures (we like Sony), Netflix, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon and AB InBev.

ralphandco.com

About Kuju Enterprise
Kuju Enterprise makes compelling branded experiences for VR, AR and Console. They specialise in producing interactive game like experiences for PlayStation VR. Kuju Enterprise is a division of long standing games industry developers Kuju Ltd. a part of Curve Digital Entertainment.

kuju.com

 

 

 

Media Contacts

Lisa Carter – Mimram Media

Lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com

07970 164201

 

Chris Hassell – Ralph Creative

chris@ralphandco.com

 

Brynley Gibson – Kuju Enterprise

Brynley.gibson@curve-digital.com