On this momentous day where the planet Pluto [should that be written instead as “dwarf-planet Pluto”?!] is being mapped by the New Horizons space-probe flyby, we thought we’d post our own humble “Pluto Flyby” [see above] showing some in-project footage from our work. Enjoy.
Andy and I first started to plan out Pluto on the 27th February 2014. We originally had development-slotted another game based work [titled Ash.Land] for the beginning of 2014, but decided instead that Pluto was a concept that just wouldn’t lie down. Over the next few months we’ll be revealing more of just how Pluto initially gestated, but to start us off here’s a screenshot from one of Pluto’s primary inspirations, a prototype gameworld that Andy keeps in his always squirming “one-day-will-be-developed” bag of tricks. This protogame is called The Valley:
….and just so you don’t feel like we’re being too opaque with stretching out our #Plutogame origin story [seriously, how good are origin stories?], here’s 3 of the original promo posters we designed as soon as we stamped a sparkling red “Let’s do this!!” approval all over our initial Pluto ideas [and yes, there will be more about that in future updates].
Pluto has been under development now for a long time. It’s evolved out of previous Campbell/Breeze collaborations such as The Dead Tower, #PRISOM and #CARNIVAST, in conjunction with raw experimentation, short fiction, Mezangelle, and even artwork produced in the mid-1990s on the Commodore Amiga.
In parallel, Pluto itself narratively toys with the concept of time, offering a series of windows into characters’ lives at different points in their personal histories. Pluto also explores – through the central gameworld – that concept of other places existing where time no longer feels stable or linear.
Writing prose and developing our gameworld simultaneously has allowed one to affect the other, and snippets from each to interweave in fascinating ways.
Bringing sections of writing into Pluto’s increasingly immersive and out-of-this-world landscape – sometimes editing it on the fly in the process – has given the text itself a fittingly delicate, fragile, beautiful feel, where its complexity and meaning has gained a form of heightened value.
Also, its newly attained attributes of being mapped around physically-affected objects or being set in fluid motion-patterns in the sky have had a mesmerizing and unexpected effect on the overall story.
Welcome to the development blog for All The Delicate Duplicates (formerly known as Pluto) a forthcoming Transmedia work by Mez Breeze and Andy Campbell. All The Delicate Duplicates [or #DelicateDuplicates as it’s known in the online hashtaggery scene] has at its core a gameworld which blurs fantasy and scientific realism.
In All The Delicate Duplicates, John, a computer engineer, inherits a collection of arcane objects from ‘myserious Aunt Mo’. Over time, the engineer and his daughter begin to realise that the objects have unusual physical properties – and that the more they are exposed to them, the more their realities and memories seem to change.
Through an app, a Virtual Reality/3D game and browser-based story, we’re constructing a cohesive storyworld where perceptions are stretched beyond the “real” as you [think you] know it.