Moss: Book 2 has been announced at Sony’s July 2021 State of Play.
Yesterday, the sequel to Moss was revealed during PlayStation’s State of Play event and is still a PSVR exclusive title. Developed by Polyarc Games, Moss: Book 2 takes place directly after the original with Quill, the mouse protagonist that communities to the player in American Sign Language (ASL), still a central part of the journey.
Players will join Quill as they evade a winged tyrant leading the Arcane forces that are hunting her down throughout the hexed castle. Quill will have to navigate new terrain, fight new enemies, and solve puzzles with the help of the player, Along the way, they’ll meet new allies and meet up with characters returning from the previous game.
The trailer, which you can watch below, shows Quill navigating through these new environments and battling a range of new enemies. We also get to see the player’s VR self near the beginning towering above Quill and greeting her. Quill, in Moss, would communicate to the player using ASL, however, the trailer for Moss: Book 2 appears to feature no ASL from Quill whatsoever. While Quill will no doubt use ASL in the game, it seems a shame to not represent it through the trailer.
But there does seem to be more interaction this time around. In an interview with Eurogamer, Joshua Stiksma a design director and principal software engineer on Moss: Book 2 said, “It feels very good to reach in and move things, then see Quill climb on those things or give players a high-five,” and talks about strengthening the friendship bond between the player and Quill.
Earlier this year, PlayStation revealed its next-gen PSVR controllers that come with finger touch detection. Responding to Eurogamer about whether players can use these upcoming controllers in Moss: Book 2 to communicate in ASL with Quill, Stiksma said, “I don’t think I can share too much on that front in terms of specifics”. They continued that the game will “support the Dualshock 4 with the PlayStation Camera” and added, “You called out something which would be very interesting to start looking into for the future…”
Moss: Book 2 doesn’t have a release date as of yet, but will likely be launching on PS4 and PS5 exclusively for PSVR.