Developed by Gaijin Games (BIT.TRIP series), Laserlife is coming to PlayStation 4 in North America on September 22, with a release date in Europe TBA.
Originally announced at IndieCade in 2010, Laserlife is an interactive biography about a dead astronaut floating through space who is discovered by future intelligences with no concept of humankind.
Leaving the deep space explorers up to our imagination, they have technology that allows them to extract memory fragments from the astronaut to learn more about humanity. It’s then your job to “piece together the astronaut’s memories so that you can gain an understanding of what it is. And you do this with lasers. To the beat of the music.”
Gaijin Co-Founder Alex Neuse adds:
Our intention with Laserlife was to create a rhythm/music game that was accessible to everyone (If switched to Easy Difficulty, even my mom should be able to complete it).
Laserlife is an experience that’s meant to be played through in one sitting. It’s an exploration, largely through symbolism, of what it means to be a human. By the end of the game, you will have unlocked several key memories of the astronaut’s life, allowing you to review their existence, as if looking at a portrait. By the end, you should feel as if you know this astronaut. And your knowing holds value in the knowing itself.
Neuse adds, “I think if you were appreciative of what BIT.TRIP was, but didn’t get into them, you’ll definitely find Laserlife more accessible and interesting.”