Hunt, forage and fight prehistoric beasts on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR
Kyoto, Japan, October 7th 2021 – Today Skulls of the Shogun and GALAK-Z developer 17-BIT has released its highly anticipated VR survival adventure Song in the Smoke on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR for $29.99. Get ready to embark on an epic quest in a mysterious prehistoric world full of strange beasts where you must craft, forage, hunt, and fight to survive.
Song in the Smoke utilizes VR to its full potential, allowing players to expertly identify threats with sound, sight, and smell. Use the world to your advantage, and stalk your prey from the tall grass. Intuitive VR controls let you line up the perfect shot with your bow, but be careful to listen out for the creatures that may be hunting you, or else you’ll have to fight for your life with clubs, sticks, or anything else you can get your hands on.
With art by famed illustrator Katsuya Terada (The Legend of Zelda, Blood: The Last Vampire, The Monkey King), Song in the Smoke creates a primordial wilderness unlike any other. Part survival game and part mysterious adventure, Song in the Smoke’s fantastical creatures and stylized scenery lend an eerie, otherworldly tone to an experience that’s both action-packed and intimate.
“When I first tried VR I instantly knew that it had the potential to immerse us in a way previously unseen in the gaming landscape,” said 17-BIT founder and creative lead Jake Kazdal. “That’s why Song in the Smoke is such a departure from our previous works at 17-BIT. With this immersion came the opportunity to make something that feels more real, more grounded than our other titles. We’re based in Kyoto, which is full of lush, ancient forests, so we wanted to create something magical that still retains the solemn, yet wondrous feel of these natural landscapes. Being able to share this with the world has been our passion for the past few years, so finally unleashing Song in the Smoke into the wild is a dream come true for us.”
For more information on Song in the Smoke, Japanese gaming documentary studio Archipel released two behind the scenes videos exploring the creative process behind the game’s development. This first, The Call of Nature, focused on creative director Jake Kazdal’s inspirations from Kyoto’s lush wilderness. The second video showcased renowned illustrator Katsuya Terada’s contributions to Song in the Smoke.
Founded in 2009 as Haunted Temple Studios, 17-BIT began as a small Seattle studio composed of veterans from Sega Japan and EA Los Angeles. Since its inception, 17-BIT launched the turn-based tactics game Skulls of the Shogun, and the love letter to 1980s arcade shooters that was GALAK-Z. Now based in Kyoto, Japan, 17-BIT developed its most ambitious title yet with the VR survival adventure Song in the Smoke, out now on PlayStation and Oculus platforms.
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