VR Adventure Pixel Ripped 1989 Completes Development Journey in May

It's been a long road for Brazilian student Ana Ribiero, but thanks to VR/AR startup Arvore, her first game is finally about to see the light of day.


The realm of VR gaming continues to grow, this time from VR/AR startup Arvore. The Brazilian studio previously announced that it would back the student-created Pixel Ripped 1989. Now that game has a release date.

For the unfamiliar, Pixel Ripped 1989 began its life in 2014, the brainchild of Ana Ribeiro. The game takes place during the end of the 1980s, where players follow a bored second-grade student named Nicola as she tries to play her video games behind her teacher's back. But the twist is that players are also following an in-game character named Dot, who Nicola must guide in her journey to defeat villain Cyblin Lord, who's embarking on a plan to break out of the 8-bit video game world and take over reality.

Ribeiro had previously attempted to raise funds for Pixel Ripped 1989 through Kickstarter, though the campaign ultimately fell short. Seeing the potential in the game, Arvore stepped in and pledged full funding to help see its development through to the end. So far, things are looking up for both Arvore and Ribeiro, with the game receiving awards from Intel and the AMAZE Indie Festival, while also receiving nominations for IndieCade and the Proto Awards. It most recently popped up at this year's SXSW.

Pixel Ripped 1989 now looks to hit PlayStation VR, Oculus, and Vive. Look for it to arrive on May 22.

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