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Jupiter & Mars

Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Tigertron
Release Date: Summer 2018

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'Jupiter & Mars' (PS4) Showing Off At E3 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 13, 2018 @ 3:21 p.m. PDT

Jupiter & Mars is an adventure game with both action and puzzle elements, set in a fantastic, futuristic, neon world in which mankind has disappeared and much of the world is underwater.

Players control two dolphins, Jupiter and her partner, Mars, as they navigate the devastating, still-functioning industrial legacy that humans left behind. Jupiter and Mars must use their wits and unique abilities to solve organic, environmental puzzles. Throughout their adventure Jupiter and Mars enlist the help of the Elders—an ancient race of powerful whales—to assist them in their quest to disable these still-active remnants of mankind’s past scattered around the world. The relics are preventing the once-vibrant oceans and reefs from being restored to full health, and it’s up to Jupiter and Mars to set things right.

While it’s playable in non-VR, it really shines when you put the headset on. You’re suddenly in a vibrant, pulsating underwater world where you’ll see familiar places in an all-new context, and that’s pretty exciting when you’re in a virtual reality setting. We’re really putting the work in to make this a 360-degree experience, offering equal parts visuals, audio, and haptic feedback.

Everywhere you look are sunken remnants of mankind’s past, populated by sea creatures big and small, and illuminated by evolved lifeforms that have assimilated into their being centuries worth of chemicals, plastics, metals and everything else humans have dumped in the oceans. While the world’s oceans have begun to reclaim and restore themselves, some particularly stubborn remnants of mankind’s technological past still remain. It’s up to our heroes, Jupiter and Mars, two evolved dolphins (one player-controlled, the other your hybrid player-controlled/AI partner) to make things right.

“For a trailer that debuted during Sony’s E3 press conference and simultaneously shown on movie screens across the country as a part of Sony’s E3 Experience, we wanted to do something a bit different and more provocative,” said Tigertron’s Creative Director James Mielke. “Using a piece from of our composer Jonathan Atkinson’s original score as the backdrop, we brought the game’s story and setting to the forefront. Observant viewers may even get a hint of the setting of the final level in the game.”

In addition to presenting a compelling, futuristic underwater world in which once-familiar environments have been submerged and subjected to the ravages of time, Jupiter & Mars offers a combination of exploration, puzzle-solving, action, and mystery.

Created in cooperation with two Australian studios, Tantalus Media and Wicked Witch, Jupiter & Mars is an international collaboration bringing together a host of talent, such as the game’s soundtrack composer, Jonathan Atkinson, who was one of the core members of the late George Martin’s production team. Joining him on the game’s theme song “Shooting Stars” is Nami Miyahara, a Tokyo-based recording artist and voice actor best known in the West as a vocalist on Genki Rockets’ song “Heavenly Star.

Jupiter & Mars is currently slated to surface in summer 2018 for PS4 and PSVR.

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