Game Pillow’s Willow VR Studios Eindhoven for Oculus en Samsung
23 August 2017
With the release of ‘Spark of Light’ on the Samsung Gear VR, Dutch VR studio Pillow’s Willow has released its first full featured game. As the game is highly appreciated by the test group, expectations for this triple A game are to boost VR sales.
Pillow’s Willow VR Studios was founded in 2016, and is located in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The studio creates ‘Virtual Dreamscape’ games for both mobile and high-end VR HMDs. All games are developed in the so-called Pillow’s universe, where each game title has its own recognisable identity. Having a shared universe allows the game title characters and certain game elements to enter other games seamlessly. This enables multiplayer options between games as well as different VR platforms.
Spark of Light, featured by both Oculus and Samsung, is a non-violence VR game that can be characterized by its outstanding visuals. "We are told our game really raises the bar for visual quality standards on mobile VR”, says Chief Creative Officer Peter Kortenhoeven. “Our 'DreamLight’ system illuminates the game in a unique way." Spark of Light will also be available on Google Daydream as of September.
The storyline evolves around Nerow, a little boy who lives peacefully alongside mystical creatures such as Mothlings and giants. Their peace is disturbed when the greedy Moth King abducts the sun, leaving Nerow and his friends in the dark. Nerow asks the player to help restore balance by retrieving light sources and light up the world by solving environmental puzzles.
Evolution of the VR industry
The ‘virtual dreamscape’, as Kortenhoeven calls this type of game, is like an interactive dollhouse, that is presents levels in a 360° view, ‘wrapping itself’ around the player. “Spark of Light combines a fairytale-like experience with challenging gameplay”, says Andy Lürling, CEO of Pillow’s Willow VR Studios. “We managed to create a VR game for a more diverse group besides the ‘hardcore’ gamers. By developing high quality content we believe to contribute to the evolution of the VR industry.”