Help our hero Dot and her pixelated friends save the world by facing classic 1980s gaming challenges through the skilled hands of 2nd-grade student Nicola, as she plays her favorite game in class. But watch out - the edges of the console screen will not stop the evil Cyblin Lord!
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May 18

New Summer Release Date: Behind the Scenes w/ Arvore's 'Pixel Ripped 1989'

Attention: Second Grade Parent-Teacher Association

After beginning development on 'Pixel Ripped 1989' back in 2014, our intrepid project mastermind Ana Ribeiro has come a long way on her first independent project and has finally been nearing the finish line since joining our growing team of creative talent at ARVORE's VR studio in São Paulo, Brazil.

This Spring, we were excited to let Pixel Ripped's 1989's incredibly patient fans know that we had expected the game to be available in May. While the response to the game during GDC, PAX East, and VRLA has been overwhelmingly positive, our team has decided to take a few more weeks to polish all versions of the game for a smooth release across Steam, Oculus Home, and PlayStation VR simultaneously. While we will no longer be releasing the game in May, we are excited to help ensure that 'Pixel Ripped 1989' is ready to be the best retro-inspired gaming adventure that the VR world has ever seen when it arrives this Summer!

We expect to have an update on a new Summer 2018 release date in the next few weeks, and want fans to rest assured that we'll have more news soon on exactly when they'll be able to go all the way back to the year 1989 to take down the Cyblin Lord once and for all!

In the meantime, we invite you to meet Ana and the VR team at ARVORE in this behind the scenes documentary series from Microsoft called 'This Is Development'. You'll get a first hand look at what goes on at the studio as we near the finish line on 'Pixel Ripped 1989' and get things in motion on a host of other top secret VR projects coming from ARVORE in the next year.

Watch: This Is Development // 'Pixel Ripped 1989'

We sincerely appreciate your understanding, and thank you for your patience. It's been a long journey to get this game near completion, and we only want to deliver the best experience possible. With just a few more weeks in the studio, we'll be able to make sure it was well worth the wait when you pick up your Gear Kid to help Dot save the world later this Summer!


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“If you thought game-within-a-game sounded exciting, augmented reality within virtual reality is going to be Quite The Experience! (Philippa Warr)”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“If done right then Pixel Rift, rich with layers of interactivity, could resonate with anyone who's ever let games into their imagination. It could be a eureka moment, not just in VR gaming but in narrative-driven game design as well.”
Kotaku UK

“The history of Pixel Ripped’s development is a tale of setbacks, sacrifice, and determination.”
PC Gamer

About This Game

Nicola incarnates Dot, our heroine, in a very special 8-bit quest: The Pixel Ripped stone is a magical rock that contains the soul of Dot's world, Adventureland, which has been stolen by the Cyblin Master. Your pixelated foe is using its powers to open a portal from the game into the real world, bringing with him robots, dragons and general chaos! Be ready to "think 4th dimensionally" if you want to beat Pixel Ripped! Prepare to face a metagaming world full of surprises and tons of retro nostalgia!

A game within a game, Pixel Ripped is original, fun and packed full of surprises that will keep you guessing along the way. From the floor of 1970’s living room where you will be playing the first home gaming console, all the way up to the turn of the millennium. You’ll be treated to 2D sprites of the 70s to the bright and colourful 3D graphics of the 90s, Pixel Ripped truly is a nostalgic and mad trip down memory lane.

Geek out searching for hidden retro-easter eggs as you fight the mundane distractions of life so that you can get down to what’s most important – gaming!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960, AMD Radeon R9 270 equivalent or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7-3770 equivalent or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 280 equivalent or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
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