Where is Dreams?

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It’s been over a year since we last heard anything major about Media Molecule’s Dreams. So, what’s going on?

The main idea behind Dreams is an intriguing one. When you play, you’ll have the opportunity to go and live other players’ dreams, discovering what they’ve made in their own unique world – as well as building your own. We have seen numerous videos showing that you can use the PS Move controllers to create your dream, and then wander around it. However, we haven’t seen Dreams in any real detail for quite some time.

But does the launch of PlayStation VR have anything to do with Dreams’ prolonged absence?

When I first saw Dreams I thought it looked perfect for VR, and was slightly disappointed when I realised that it wasn’t set for Sony’s headset. This seemed odd to me as it seemed to be a natural next step for Media Molecule to make, taking their create, play, share mantra from LittleBigPlanet and injecting it with virtual reality. With the success so far of PlayStation VR and the fact that we haven’t heard anything about Dreams since the launch of VR, it now appears that perhaps Media Molecule have had a change of heart with the game, or Sony have.

With Sony openly wanting to steer away from the use of the Move controllers outside of VR, it seems odd that a studio as talented as Media Molecule would be encouraged to continue to use these, without the use of the VR headset.

The fact that Media Molecule’s art designer, Kareem Ettouney, gave a talk at VFX Festival earlier this year further points to the likelihood of Dreams being released as a VR title. VFX is focused on AR and VR, so to have someone come and speak about something that isn’t to do with either of these seems highly unlikely. Of course, this is only speculation, but something is definitely going on here and the studio is still working on Dreams, so this seems like the most feasible course that the game has taken – especially considering its lengthy absence.

Personally, this really excites me. I like VR, and although I don’t enjoy everything on it, I think Dreams would be a great fit for an immersive virtual reality experience. It would literally be like creating your dreams! Hopefully, all will be revealed at PSX later this year.

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