Moss is a VR action adventure game developed by Polyarc Games, exclusive to PS4 for the moment. Announced during the Playstation press conference during E3, what sets it apart from most VR offerings we currently have is its unique take. The game follows an adorable mouse named Quill. The player acts as a guide, helping Quill out on her journey.
Delving into a strange old library at the game’s opening, the player finds a mystical ancient book and we are transported into a fantasy world filled with anthropomorphic animals. The world itself is an absorbing forest, filled with leafy trees and shrubs with gentle sunlight peeking through. This will be a pleasure to be immersed in through the headset.
This peaceful environment has a lot of charm and feels like the right home for Quill. It’s also perfectly at odds with the ruins and gloomy dungeons we see during the trailer. These dungeons are filled with all sorts of creatures for Quill to overcome. The trailer gives us a tantalising view of a giant snake for players to beat, playing well on Quills tiny size.
In Moss, Not All Is Sunshine And Roses
These dungeons, filled with statues of mice in suits of armour with swords creates a sense of mystery and lore in the trailer. Whether they’re expanded on in the game is yet to be seen. Either way, they add depth and intrigue to what seems a simple game.
Players will inhabit a Studio Ghibli – like creature. It is part camera, part sidekick. Following Quill, players can manipulate the environment and help her navigate puzzles and battle a range of enemies.
One really nice aspect of Moss is that Quill is aware of the player. She’ll communicate with us and form a bond throughout our journey. She communicates with sign language. A bold and underused idea in modern gaming. This will add a kind of personal depth to Moss that we can’t wait to experience. Perhaps it will be limited to use in puzzle hints, responses to the player and reactions to the environment. Yet this is still a unique and forward thinking feature. It all makes for a tantalising VR game to look forward to, with original ideas we can’t wait to get to grips with.
No word on a release date yet but the official site states “this Winter”.