São Paulo, February 28 – Award-winning independent Brazilian virtual reality developer and publisher ARVORE is pleased to announce that its game YUKI will receive a new mixed reality expansion for free for the main gameYUKI MRcade (teaser). Thanks to the partnership with HTC VIVEthis new game mode is will present at the next festival of SXSW 2023 (booth 201, see details below). YUKI is a VR game where you use your hands and body to fight cruel enemies, mixing two very popular game genres: bullet hell and roguelike. Holding a toy action figure, you fly through the imaginary world of a child and blast your way through endless bursts of bullets through amazing settings… with YUKI MRcade, all these enemies will be right in the middle of your living room.
The new mixed reality mode takes the YUKI experience to another level. In this free update, you can bring the fantastic world of YUKI into your home, using your hands and body to fight vicious enemies in real time. Can you imagine seeing virtual portals opening in your living room and enemies emerging from the wall of your house ready to attack you? This mixed reality update introduces a completely new game mode for YUKI, with redesigned gameplay, new enemies and challenges.
«YUKI’s MRcade Mode is a dream come true for our development team. From the first day we started development in 2020, we always wanted to explore 360-degree gameplay in some way. We knew it would be a completely different experience, with new creative challenges in all aspects of the game. When we got the green light to create the Mixed Reality mode, we knew what to do, and the result is far beyond what everyone expected. It’s a whole new approach to YUKI, a new way to explore your room and your perception. I’m sure YUKI and XR players will have an amazing experience» – Kako, Creative Director of YUKI.
Top 3 challenges in creating YUKI MRcade
This mixed reality adaptation of Yuki, YUKI MRcade, has been an exciting opportunity for the ARVORE team to take on the completely new design challenges that came with translating existing VR gameplay into Mixed Reality. The ARVORE development team had to rethink and explore several areas of design to create a fun and immersive new experience that they hope players will enjoy:
Translating the Universe into MR – Staying true to the core fantasy of the game, the team kept the original theme and adapted the VR gameplay elements to suit the new elements coming from the mixed reality mode. This allowed players to immerse themselves in the game’s story, revisit familiar gameplay, and explore the world in exciting new ways. The game still had to look like YUKI VR, but adapting to the space and physical environment of each user, who was now in a new dimension of the game.
User interface – For this new mode, the user interface was completely redesigned, ensuring that players could easily understand the information on the screen while moving through the physical space. Readability and understandability were critical to the success of the game, and therefore the development team invested in a clean and intuitive interface that also had to exist and function within the mixed reality context of the user space.
Space exploration – Another major challenge was adding a new spatial dimension to the game, allowing users to play 360 degrees around their own real space. This is a big design change compared to the “on rails” design of the base YUKI VR game, and many considerations had to be made in this regard, including player safety. It was essential that players could play safely, avoiding collisions with objects and other people in the real world. Everything was designed with this in mind, from enemy positioning, fair 360 exploration, challenge building, and enemy bullet design and movement.
YUKI AT SXSW 2023 – LOCATION AND DATES
- Press and industry day: Saturday, March 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- The in-person XR Experience will take place from Sunday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 14, and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Fairmont Austin’s Congressional ballroom (3rd floor).
- The online exhibition will be held from March 11 to 19.
- Stand number: 201, see the map here: SXSW MAP LINK
- Address: 101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA LINK
- Selection: XR Experience Spotlight
YUKI is an explosive mix of bullet-hell and roguelike genres in VR set in a multidimensional Anime universe. Immerse yourself in the imagination of a child and fly by controlling the action figure of Yuki with your bare hands. Move your body to dodge the bullets and obstacles while you face the evil forces that want to control the universe. In this challenging game, each loss is just one step closer to victory.
Through its unique VR gameplay inspired by old-school classics like STAR FOX, YUKI challenges the player’s spatial awareness and demands precise reflexes across multiple levels, all packed with procedurally placed enemies, obstacles and bullets. . Roguelite elements, such as a persistent progression system that allows the player to upgrade their abilities by equipping various power-ups, new abilities, and weapons at the beginning and during each match, increase the chances of winning and keep the player wanting to come back again and again. Try your luck trying new evolution strategies to finish the game.
Learn more about YUKI Mechanics
YUKI offers a unique mix of the Bullet Hell and Roguelike genres in Virtual Reality, both genres are known for their high difficulty, but instead YUKI is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for all. In this way, the game quickly becomes a very challenging and strategic experience, where the player will feel the progression of his power through a workshop where you can upgrade your action figure to meet the increasing challenges. As the player hone your skills Against hordes of enemies and challenging end-of-stage boss fights, each match will bring you closer to victory, while unlocking new Bladewing weapons for Yuki and more and more power-ups.
ARVORE is an Emmy Award-winning Brazilian studio based in São Paulo and Los Angeles that creates and develops games and interactive storytelling experiences using the latest immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. With a multidisciplinary team of innovators and pioneers, ARVORE connects different technologies, senses and media to push games and storytelling to the limit. ARVORE launched the critically acclaimed Pixel Ripped series in 2018 with the VR title “Pixel Ripped 1989”, followed by “Pixel Ripped 1995” last year. The studio recently won the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media” for its interactive VR storytelling experience “The Line.”
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