There have been very few times that a game has truly made me say “wow” out loud. It’s usually caused by story, graphics, or sound design. In this case, it was all three with an added layer of the Oculus Rift. While at PAX East, I was able to attend a private media session of ADR1FT.
The game is in development from new studio Three One Zero, founded by Adam Orth, formerly of Xbox. After his very public falling out with Xbox, he set out to make a new studio with colleagues, resulting in the game’s creation. ADR1FT, in many ways, is a comparison to what Adam Orth went through following his departure from Xbox.
First shown to us on a movie theater screen at AMC Boston Common, Mr. Orth explained to us that the game was intended to be more of a “first person experience” as opposed to your standard FPS. ADR1FT has the player waking up in the middle of a space station which has been torn apart. You are floating in space looking for clues, trying to collect oxygen. Your goal is to try and get back to Earth.
As we ventured through the space station, the player collected audio logs from other crew members. You will use these along with computer AI messages via intercom, and transmissions from people on Earth trying to figure out what happened in order to piece the story together, Orth revealed to us. The environment was tense through our entire demo as we realized we were alone in space.
The visuals are beyond stunning. In one room, we floated through what appeared to be some kind of greenhouse or conservation center where we found another audio log. The big reveal was opening the air lock door and floating out into open space, revealing a horrifying sight of a now-destroyed space station with debris everywhere. The Earth was below as we made our way to another big piece.
The footage above is a sample of what we saw, starting with the reveal of outside. The game is in development for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Publisher 505 Games made us aware that this is not an “Oculus Game,” which was initially thought. The first reveal trailer for the game brought the house down at The Game Awards back in December 2014.
That being said, we totally played it on Oculus. While playing it normally was beyond stunning, the Oculus added an enormous wow factor. Looking around in open space with headphones on was something truly unlike anything I have ever experience in a game.
ADR1FT is going to devote itself not towards action, but story. We’re more than excited for that story to be told when it releases in Summer 2015.