Studio: Paper Crown Interactive
Founding Date: November 2017
Based In: Santa Cruz, California
Press/Business Contact: bookendVR@gmail.com
Supported OS: Windows
Supported Hardware: Oculus Rift
Release Date: June 9, 2018
Bookend is a VR title in which the player harnesses their imagination to interact with their favorite pop-up book, The Little Witch.
Explore the book's world and help the protagonist, the little witch, Abigail, as she's pursued by an angry mob trying to stop her mission that could either mean saving the world -- or ending it.
Bookend is the capstone project of a team of students at UCSC. We wanted to play with the expectations players have in VR by taking away what they think they can do; therefore we deliberately limited the amount of interactions the player has with the world of The Little Witch, only allowing it through use of items in the pop-up book. Guiding the protagonist Abigail along her story, but not actually controlling her, lends a second person perspective to the game we really liked. Our presentation of the game's idea received a high amount of interest at a later recruitment fair, resulting in one of the largest 170 teams in 2018 at twenty members. Our work since January 2018 has earned praised from players and professors alike, such as earning a place on the head of the Computation Media Department "Games of Distinction"; list, which are "Games that provide an engaging gameplay experience, and exhibit one or more forms of novelty in their design." We also received the Peer Choice award and placed second on the Visual Art Award from the Sammy Showcase, UCSC's game showcase.
The team has been incredibly dedicated to this project from the very beginning, and we're looking forward to players enjoying our world.
30 Second Trailer
1 Minute Trailer
Final Watermarked Trailer
2018 Sammy Showcase
University of Santa Cruz 2018 GameGo Grant Recipient
Game Jolt Coverage