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VEV: Viva Ex Vivo Makes Microbiology Amazingly Cool

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Ever want to play a game where the concept is "survival on a microscopic scale?"

If you're intrigued by this unique idea, you gotta check out the new indie project from developer Truant Pixel. As revealed over at the PlayStation Blog, VEV: Viva Ex Vivo will launch exclusively on PlayStation 4 this summer, with "planned support" for PlayStation VR down the road.

Featuring "a unique take on arcade-style survival gameplay," VEV has the player assuming the role of a microbiologist in the not-too-distant future. Your research partner is gone on vacation and now, you're sifting through his notes and trying to complete the team's work: "Researching biological samples using a nanoscale artificial organism capable of surviving in a multitude of familiar and foreign microscopic environments."

It's called the "Virtual Eukaryote Visualizer" or "VEV" for short, and it's a tiny, artificial protist that is, essentially, a little surrogate explorer. The designers compare it to unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV drone, but this microscopic vehicle can explore worlds "smaller than the head of a pin."

"A drop of water or a drop of blood becomes a vast, open field for players to explore, where they need to collect valuable organic particles and avoid competing and predatory organisms while testing the limits of the VEV module. As players gather organic particles from their surroundings, they will have two options to harness much-needed biological energy:

They may choose to absorb each bit of food to harvest the energy as soon as possible."

Briefly, you need to explore your environment, find food, and avoid predators. The ultimate goal is to gather the maximum amount of potential energy, so you can maximize your VEV's functional life span within the time limit. Learn more about the gameplay, stages and "hidden research goals" by clicking through the blog link above.

Yep, science can be cool.

Related Game(s): VEV: Viva Ex Vivo

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2/29/2016 9:28:37 PM Ben Dutka

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Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 11:24:55 PM

Cool beans!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 2:54:08 AM

Sorta like a reversal No Man's Sky which could be good. Reminded me of flow flower and journey in a way too.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 5:51:00 PM

This looks pretty cool. I like the environments.

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