Linden Lab Launches a New Platform for Character-Driven Interactive Fiction: Versu for iPad
Linden Lab, the makers of shared creative spaces including Second Life, PatternsTM, CreatorverseTM, and dioTM, today announced the launch of Versu, a new character-driven interactive fiction platform that immerses readers in living stories. Versu is available for free today for iPad on the App Store. Versions for Android devices will be released soon.
A product of Linden Lab's acquisition of LittleTextPeople earlier this year, Versu provides unique narrative experiences in which the reader is an integral part of character-driven interactive stories. In Versu, you take on a character with distinct preferences, concerns, and desires, as you explore and change a story through your decisions and interactions with other characters. The characters you encounter are endowed with sophisticated artificial intelligence and have their own unique personalities, motivations, and emotional reactions as you interact with them. The decisions you make and how you treat other characters define your character in the story and influence the narrative, giving each title the potential for many unique experiences to explore. In the future, the tool set used to build these immersive stories will be made available to users, enabling readers to insert their own characters and scenes into the narratives they explore.
The initial version of Versu for iPad is available today for free on the App Store. In addition to a brief tutorial, an interactive scene adapted from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and an original playable ghost story by Emily Short, titled "The House on a Cliff," are included with the free app. Another playable story by Short, a murder mystery titled, "A Family Supper," is available today for $4.99 and additional titles in a variety of genres will be periodically added.
"Entertainment is most gratifying when it's driven by your own creativity," said Rod Humble, CEO of Linden Lab. "That's why at Linden Lab, we make digital spaces where people can have fun while exercising their creativity. Reading has always engaged a reader's imagination, but with Versu, you're not just a reader, you're actually a creative participant in the story. Today is just the first step for Versu, with the iPad version and our first few stories, but we'll soon be expanding to Android devices and adding more titles, and in the future, we plan to open the platform to allow authors to publish their own work on Versu as well."