Vacation Simulator Makes a Splash at E3!

Hello Humans!

Last month, we were thrilled to bring the Vacation Simulator demo to E3! It was a wild ride and Owlchemy’s first official showing at E3. We took on the Los Angeles Convention Center in full vacation style—donning flower leis, sun shades, and custom Vacation Simulator souvenir shirts. (More info on those soon…)

Owlchemy Labs takes on Los Angeles and E3 in style to show Vacation Simulator!
The Owls take on on Los Angeles and E3 in island style to show Vacation Simulator!

Of course, our presence at E3 wouldn’t have been possible without our fantastic partners at Sony. We can’t thank them enough for having us as part of the PSVR lineup. It was a dream come true to show off Vacation Simulator to so many eager fans—and the view from the PlayStation booth’s second floor was a vacation on its own, too!

Owlchemy showed Vacation Simulator at the Sony PlayStation booth at E3!
The bird’s eye view from the Sony PlayStation booth was a vacation all on its own.

 

DEMOS

We were truly astounded by the positive response from everyone who played— fans, streamers, and developers alike.

Some of our favorite moments involved sharing the demo with fans trying VR for the first time. It’s always exciting when players can pick up the controllers and immediately understand how to play. Over and over we watched first-time VR users lose themselves in our world and just “get it”, full of giggles and smiles by the end of the demo!

At E3, you never know who might show up at your booth. It was a wonderful surprise when OMGitsfirefoxx stopped by to learn more about Vacation Simulator and try our demo—after donning the appropriate vacation attire, of course! She had a blast exploring the beach demo, and even made friends with a certain butterfly by the waterfall. 🦋

Check out her E3 vlog to see her unbridled joy!:

 

LIVESTREAM

Vacation Simulator makes a very colorful appearance on the PlayStation Liveshow.
Vacation Simulator makes a very colorful appearance on the PlayStation Liveshow.

A big highlight for us was our appearance on the PlayStation Liveshow. Devin and Chelsea got powdered and gussied up in the back before taking the stage to chat about Vacation Simulator. We showed all-new footage from the beach demo and chatted about the story and gameplay features.

Devin and Chelsea getting beautified for their on-stage appearance.
Devin and Chelsea getting beautified for their big moment on-stage.

The stage for the PlayStation Liveshow was HUGE!
The stage for the PlayStation Liveshow was big. Like… really big. No pressure.

You can check out the full footage of Devin and Chelsea chatting Vacation Simulator on Sony’s E3 Liveshow here:

Thanks again to Sony for featuring us, and to the fans that tuned in!

 

PRESS

Lastly, the press response was phenomenal. We were honored when the team at Yo Soy Un Gamer gave us a nomination for Best of E3. Thanks, Team YSUG!

Vacation Simulator garners a nod from Yo Soy Un Gamer for 'Best of Show' at E3!
Vacation Simulator garners a nod from Yo Soy Un Gamer for “Best of Show” at E3!

Here are a few snippets from the E3 press coverage of Vacation Simulator:


Nerdist: Kelly Knox shared picks of the best indie gems at E3, including Vacation Simulator and describing it as a “whimsical and irreverent VR experience”.


Shacknews: We were delighted that Shacknews followed up on their coverage of Vacation Simulator from GDC to interview the team (not once, but twice!) and share what’s new on Vacation Island.


Push Square: We’re just as excited to share the world of Vacation Simulator as Push Square is to go on holiday to visit it! Sammy Barker covered our presence at E3 and called Vacation Simulator “inventive, colourful, and funny.”

Thanks again to everyone at Sony for having us in the PSVR lineup, and to the whole team running the booth. Overall, it was an amazing E3 and we can’t wait for more people to experience RECREATION and RELAXATION!


Every day of E3 was a party! We could hardly bear the excitement!

We’ll be sharing even more about Vacation Simulator in the coming months. Until then, sea you later! 🌊

-Owls