Godling popped up at the Sony conference yesterday and the developers at Sólfar Studios have revealed more info on the game and their relationship with Sony.
One of the third party titles announced for Project Morpheus was Godling, from Sólfar Studios. Thor Gunnarsson, Reynir Harðarson, and Kjartan Emilsson – formerly of EVE Online’s CCP Games – founded the studio and are aiming to take full advantage of the VR platform to create total immersion.
Godling is being developed using Unreal Engine 4, as all of their games will be, and the studio is working with Valve, Oculus, and Sony to reach as wide of an audience as possible.
Speaking to gamesindustrybiz about the game, Emilsson said “Our idea is that you are a toddler-god that is just awakening in a very beautiful, natural world and starts experimenting a little bit with the world and with its power. Soon, you find out that all your actions have consequences. You can choose to make the world better, more beautiful, grow some flowers, tend to the bees and the ants and all the creatures there, but you can also do bad things.”
“[Sony has] been a phenomenal partner and got behind our studio very early on, probably because Godling is a slightly different type of VR experience than the raft of spaceship fighters and fantasy-oriented games that are being developed”.
Gunnarsson went on to say “What’s really good about it is that we now have a clear understanding that all of the three major platforms across PC and console now all have advanced inputs for VR. I think Sony have Move – one coupled with DualShock 4 is a pretty compelling baseline. There are even things you can do with the life bar on DualShock that are pretty amazing”.
“I would say, from a top-line basis, clearly VR will sell to an early-adoptive crowd initially. I think perhaps the exception might be PlayStation because it’s a cheaper, incremental add, to bring Morpheus on top of PS4. We think there is going to be a very good, vibrant install base a couple of years out. Certainly sufficient for early developers to establish a position and create some frankly killer content that starts to define the medium”.
Godling is currently in development for PlayStation’s Project Morpheus.