Summer Lesson VR Game Gets English-Subtitled Release in SE Asia in 2017
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia announced on Monday that it will release its PlayStation VR game Summer Lesson: Hikari Miyamoto in Southeast Asia in early 2017 as a digital download via the PlayStation Network. The game will have English subtitles.
Bandai Namco Entertainment released the game in Japan on October 13 as a launch title for the PlayStation VR headset. Before its release, the project was used as a demonstration of the PlayStation VR.
In the game, players interact with the character Hikari Miyamoto through a number of conversations and situations. Players act as her summer tutor over a seven-day period.
Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada explained the interactions in another video in 2014:
As producer and chief director, he explained in the video that the goal behind Summer Lesson was to make the game's character recognize the player's existence. This is because in normal games, even if the player recognizes the character, the character will never do the same for the player. He added that within the game, if players look away from the character too much, the character will get upset, or if players get too close to her, she will be surprised. Harada also explained that he wanted to create an interactive and realistic environment, in which actual nervousness may arise from the player.
When asked why he and his team created the game, he explained that he wanted the news of game to create a large buzz, due to it making virtual reality available to a wide audience. He also added that he wanted the amusement of the game to be spread by verbal communication. Also, Harada and his team worked to create a system that would connect to the future.
As a message to players, Harada commented that the game and its use of the head-mounting display is only the first step of this technology. Harada added that the team is currently developing new contents using the same technology, and that in ten or fifteen years, the technology will have progressed to an amazing level.