Vancouver, Canada. February 15, 2018. Virtro Entertainment – the female-led VR indie game studio out of Vancouver, Canada, today announced that Run Dorothy Run, an immersive rhythm runner game for virtual reality, will debut on Sony PlayStation VR February 20th, 2018. Releases on Steam and Oculus are slated before the end of the month. Priced at $29.99 this is a must-try VR experience, with plenty of challenge for experienced gamers and VR noobs alike. Run Dorothy Run offers hours of immersive and replayable family-friendly fun.
In Run Dorothy Run, Virtro Entertainment combines fantastical elements of the classic novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with an addictive electro-swing soundtrack to create the stunning virtual reality world of Oz. The Wizard – affectionately referred to as “Ozzy” – has finally been dumped by the Wicked Witch of the West – “Effie” – and tricks Dorothy (the hero) into helping him get “his” prized possessions returned. Mayhem ensues, with Dorothy endlessly running through the Emerald Palace, the deserts of Oz and the Witch’s castle, as she gathers crystals, fights enemies, and dances through the jeers tossed her way, while figuring out who to trust, and who’s pulling her silver-shoed leg.
“In a very short time frame – essentially only a year since the first wave of consumer-ready VR consoles debuted – we’re seeing the transition from early demo-like VR experiences to longer, more in-depth, and rich storytelling experiences” said Jordan Brighton, Virtro’s Founder and CEO. “Run Dorothy Run is one of those games that is surprisingly fun to play, in a colourful immersive world, complete with story, motives and three levels of difficulty. We wanted to make a game that would satisfy the most competitive gamer, but still be an amazing first VR experience they can share with family and friends of all ages and gaming experience.” She adds “of course, we had to address the technical challenges relating specifically to VR development - we’ve had over 1000 participants playtest the game and its mechanics to overcome any potential motion discomfort - but we also spent just as much time crafting the storyline, testing the “jokes” and perfecting the synchronisation of the music.”
The team at Virtro is thrilled to introduce Run Dorothy Run the world. To meet Ozzie, Effie, and Dorothy or chat with the game designers in advance of release day, click your heels three times and request your magical pre-launch key from firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Virtro Entertainment
An independent VR gaming studio based in Vancouver, Canada, Virtro was founded by the female Aussie duo Jordan and Lee Brighton. Virtro’s team of 10, designs VR game titles that everyone can enjoy and that blend excellent game mechanics, storytelling, effects, art, music, and VR technology. Virtro has a culture of inclusion and diversity – in both the team (50% of dev team are female) and in the games they design. www.virtro.ca. Follow Virtro on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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