Llamasoft, a studio founded by Jeff Minter, has announced Polybius, a new PlayStation VR-exclusive “ludic psychedelia” title inspired by an unknown arcade game.
Minter details the entire story about how Polybius came to be over at the PlayStation Blog. In short, he was taken to a warehouse full of arcade cabinets and made to play one in particular, which was an experience he couldn’t describe, but for all its profundity it included feelings of “deep-seated floating anxiety and temporary amnesia.” Minter wanted to create a game that replicates what he played, leaving out the bad stuff in favor of a relaxing and mildly therapeutic effect, despite all of its speed and hyperstimulation.
Polybius is that game and will be playable at Play Expo in Manchester this weekend. According to Minter, development is “nearly done.”
Watch some footage of the game below.