During last night’s Sony Press Conference at E3 2012, there was an obvious focus on the important things: the upcoming release of God of War: Ascension, the first look at Quantic Dreams’ new IP Beyond: Two Souls, and a big emphasis on PlayStation Plus. Of course, not everything was roses and dandelions, as one of the surprise entries in the press release was a new Move peripheral — one with some “magical” prowess of its own.
The new project, Wonderbook, will be an augmented reality toy used to help players get back into the love of reading, only with the addition of shiny objects and a television screen. Sony promises that The Wonderbook will incorporate multiple stories from many different genres and writers. To start the game off right, they have taken the liberty of seducing J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame to sweeten the pot.
The first story in the Wonderbook collection, titled Book of Spells, gives players the chance to use the Wonderbook as a “living and breathing” spell book. Words and images react on the television, and in turn the player can twist, turn, flap, and do relatively anything they need to with the book in response. What’s more, with the inclusion of Move, players suddenly have a magic “wand” to cast spells or knock around pesky gnomes.
The causality in both the Book of Spells and the Wonderbook bring are sure to keep younger gamers engaged, while giving their overactive imaginations something to cling to. The only caveat in a project like this is how long these stories will sustain the player. That will greatly impact the entertainment factor, along with how often a new story is ready.
Hopefully we’ll see some new titles, or at least what Sony has planned, coming out soon. Until then, we can say we watched two grown adults learn how to cast a fire spell… for an excruciatingly long time.
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