New VR game from former Microsoft creative director Adam Orth finds a publisher

Inspired by Orth’s experience with “internet hate,” Adr1ft sounds like a VR experience similar to Gravity.

Developer Three One Zero founder Adam Orth, who left Microsoft after his Xbox One "deal with it" comments drew significant controversy, will publish his first new game, Adr1ft, with 505 Games.

Three One Zero describes Adr1ft as a first-person experience (FPX) that tells the story of an astronaut in peril. You’ll play as the only survivor of a destroyed space station with no memory and a damaged space suit. You’ll explore the wreckage in search of resources and a way to fix an emergency escape vehicle that can take you back home. In short, it sounds a little like last year’s Academy Award-winning movie Gravity.

“[505 Games] have empowered us with the freedom to explore and create something special with Adr1ft, both traditionally and with VR technology,” Orth said. “It’s clear from games like Payday 2, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and some of their upcoming titles that 505 is not afraid to take chances and give gamers something fresh and new. That’s important to us. That’s what we’re all about. We’re excited to be part of that.”

Orth has said that the game is inspired by the aftermath of the comments that led him to leave Microsoft. "I was becoming the next victim of the Internet hate phenomenon. It was an absolute feeding frenzy. My public and private life was fair game," he said in a talk about the issue at GDC. "People began to distance themselves from me. I was dejected, ashamed, and embarrassed. I destroyed my career and feared being blacklisted by the industry. I went from income to no income."

Three One Zero and 505 Games have yet to announce which platforms Adr1ft will release on and when.

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mr_nee
mr_nee

With selfpublishing stuff on both consoles and steam - why do you need a publisher?

mr_nee
mr_nee

I bet support page of this thing will say "all games have bugs #dealwithit"

001011000101101
001011000101101

Neat idea. I'd probably be more though if it didn't have this guy's name attached to it. He's got one terrible attitude. 

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

At the risk of sounding like a hater I think his new game needs necromorphs to spice it up. 

Megawizard
Megawizard

Good luck with that. He's probably need it.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

God I hope after the disaster strikes you in game, you radio for help and are told to "Deal with it"

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

Well... hopefully he learnt as well as the industry as a whole that the consumer is not to be trifled with. I've seen multiple instances now where a company has been discourteous to their prospective consumers and the backlash has never been pretty. 

Look at the approach of companies like ubisoft montreal over their decision to just leave game breaking bugs in their Arkham game and work on DLC rather than patch them. It's things like that that will get you on the bad side of the consumer and they'll deliberately go out of their way to avoid your products.


Yeah okay the vitriol of some people where they target an individual's personal life or threaten them is maybe a bit too far... but such is the way of the internet unfortunately.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

So now orth wants to drag another company down with him? Talk about asshaterry.

nurnberg
nurnberg

I don't think it is humanly possible to be a bigger douchebag than this guy.

teller76567
teller76567

#Deal-with it #Little bitch #Dumb ass well i will make sure to stay the hell away from what ever he put's his nasty hands on.

Pupchu
Pupchu

#dealwithit day-one DLC announced

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

he'll fit right in with facebook. what a bunch of rapist.

lostn
lostn

He should kickstart a vacuum cleaner that's always online.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Why can't people learn to stick to the funny side of things, it always gets out of hand when people try too hard.

Telling him to #dealwithit is funny, insulting him and his friends/family is just a sign of how sad some people have become in this modern world.


As for the game it seems like an interesting idea... Might be an idea to judge based on the game rather than who made it.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

Poor baby. It's hilarious to see poor old Orth cry about internet hate when he was the one who treated gamers everywhere with such contempt. Hey Orth, #dealwithit you nancy turd.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

It better be always online or I will bitch slap Orth

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

Adam Orth should have hidden the very fact that he had anything to do with this title. Now the financial sucess of the whole operation is at stake...

gannon27
gannon27

I love the movie "Gravity" and if this game can put you into Sandra Bullock's spacesuit then that has to be a good thing doesn't it??? :)

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

Nobody will buy it cause you're a scumbag Mr.Orth. Deal with it.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

So we're stealing the plot for Gravity?  There's really taking a chance and showing something new.  Still sounds interesting and if good I'd play it, but don't lie and say it's something new and fresh. 

jkflipflop98
jkflipflop98

I'll never buy this game, and I will actively work to ensure no one I know will, either. 


#dealwithit

noandno
noandno

If this game fails, will he #dealwithit?

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

I'll definitely buy the game, to support a guy that stands up and moves on to show he won't be taken down by crybabies that overreact to a tweet.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Will Adam Orth find redemption? Will Adam Deal With it? Does the Orth rate a second chance? A VR game on Oculus rift? Since Facebook bought Oculus Rift Adam Orth could could ask Mark Zuckerberg to deal with him and give his game a chance. 


A VR game is a long shot. Deal with it? I don't think so. but will have to see how this turns out.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

And no matter how good/bad this game is...  I will never buy it.  In fact, I will actively work to make certain others never buy it as well.


#dealwithit

pnova
pnova

That's a sad story, now we see what arrogance would get you if you treat customers like they sh*t and beneath you. No income and no one likes you. They should make this a college lesson in business. 

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I like where the story takes place in abandoned space. But, whenever I remember this kind of atmosphere, Dead Space comes cross my head and I feel like hating those type of games. Doom 3 got it better

23Jarek23
23Jarek23

While the premise is very interesting, this dude needs to stop milking his failures. If he'd just decide to make this game and release it without word of his past i'd be willing to give it a shot if it turned out decent enough, but he keeps crying victim and it's pathetic, yes people shouldn't have gone as far as they did but man is it time to move on. 

BA0701
BA0701

First of all, based on Orth's comments, along with other reasons, I will not be purchasing an XBOne. It is not simply because of his comments, but to the much deeper fact that I truly believe they did represent the mindset of MS as a whole. I said in the beginning that I would not have a system that forced me to have an on all the time camera in my living room, that couple with other MS decisions, and his comments, well... No thanks. Those decisions were not originally made by Mr Orth, and there is no way MS did not take into account the backlash those decisions would have. They simply underestimated them, and immediately began to backpeddle on them once his comments came out and the level of that backlash became clear. His comments only brought attention to the attitude that clearly permeated/s from much higher up the chain. Will stick with my Sony and Nintendo products, and my PC.


The most ironic thing about all of this is my decision made last week to not purchase an Oculus, no matter how sexy they make it look/feel. This is based on the recent FB purchase, and add to it that there will be competitors, ie Sony and others. I am extremely excited about VR, but that excitement no longer extends to the OR, but that excitement will still have an outlet in the form of the Morpheus and others that will be coming. So, I hope Adr1ft will be an OR only release making it easier to ignore this guy's game, although if I knew going in that he was involved with a project I would not participate regardless of what platform it was played on.


I have made these same level decisions regarding EA, and will not purchase an EA game no matter how badly I would like to play it. The upcoming Mass Effect will be a perfect example, as is the recent release of Titanfall. As long as it is only available on Origin, = no buy for me. This may not mean much to some, but I will speak with my wallet, and considering the amount of money I spend on this hobby, that really does mean something at least to me. There are many recent and long past EA decisions that lead to this rationale, the rushing of ME3, the whole SimCity debacle, the recent destruction of the PvZ franchise in the name of attempting to maximize profits over the gamer's ability to enjoy the experience, are only a few of them. I believe that if you continue to monetarily support those that have smacked you once, then in their minds it simply condones their actions. EA is a shining example of this behavior. I used to be one of their most vocal supporters, bought tons of EA games since the Sega Genesis. Then their poor behavior continued and has only gotten worse. Decisions made in the near future by MS will truly let us know if that have honestly gotten it, and it is really all about the gamers now, or if they are simply serving lip service.


There maybe some that believe in the whole idea of redemption, and that is fine, to each their own. For me personally I follow the old adage of screw me once shame on you, screw me twice shame on me. Short of family and friends, there are not a lot of second chances in life, so you need to get it right the first time.


It is becoming troubling, the direction this gaming industry is heading. The designers/publishers/gaming news sites have taken to bashing anyone who has the nerve to say anything negative about their work. Hiding behind the "It's is my artistic vision" "so deal with it" excuse is pathetic. It might be your artistic vision, but it was the spending of my hard earned cash that entitled me to speak to the fact that I did not agree with your vision. Something that even gaming news sites have taken to, yes I am speaking to you IGN and Gamespot, with your gamers feel they are "entitled campaigns. Well, in all honesty, people in general, who spend their hard earned cash are entitled to voice their opinions, and if their opinion is that your game is crap, well then  they are entitled to express that, no matter how subjective it may be. It is however no less subjective than the reviews these sites give us on a daily basis. There is a line there, however, and I do agree that line is crossed far too often on the Interwebs, which is the direct result of the autonomy that inherently comes with it. I would never condone wishing harm on anyone or their families, no more than I would condone trying to dismiss someone as entitled because they said the ending of ME3 was horrible and canned.


The gist of my comments are that I will not help in supporting Mr Orth, or any of his involved projects, as well as Xbox One, Oculus Rift, or EA. Man, I might need to find a new hobby to spend my money and time on in the near future, and believe me that is a lot of both.

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@CrouchingWeasel  Well he did say innapropriate stuff, sadly the backlash against him perhaps went a bit too far, yeah, the dude said something bad, he lost his carreer and stuff, no point in bashing him now when he's pretty much lost all he had.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@jkflipflop98 What happens if one of your friends is really into the game and decides to buy it?


#butthurtwithit

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@noandno  And what if it's successful, how will his critics dealwithit?  He will have won.  And he will prove to everybody that better energy is spent on other more important things, not personal attacks against a guy that was just having a debate on twitter with another game designer.  It's fine to complain and be vocal about the "always online" subject but the personal attacks targeted at this one guy went too far.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@BA0701  Well said ! For a second there I thought Id accidently changed my profile name to BA0701 and written all that in my sleep, because those are my thoughts exactly and the companies you highlight are the same ones I hold responsible through greed and contempt for the slow grinding death of gaming which is currently in progress. 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@BA0701 Well I can say it's certainly a lot of words.  To bad I lost interest.

jkflipflop98
jkflipflop98

@BA0701  Wait wait wait wait. . .


You refuse to buy a Rift simply because Facebook bought them. . . then in the same breath you turn right around and say how much you're looking forward to the Morpheus? From Sony? The same company convicted of installing secret rootkits on people's PC's and actually spying on them?

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@BA0701 Being an "older gamer," I feel exactly the same.

I really do believe we are seeing the most powerful, monopolistic, anti-consumer push in gaming's history, and if we do not fight back by withholding dollars from companies that want to "have their way with" us in prison showers, we deserve the pain of this hobby.  I refuse to pick up that soap MS, EA...  Orth.  Gaming is supposed to be a fun experience, but it's become an half-finished camera-watching untested beta always online DRM bank-account-draining day one dlc powered by the f@#%in cloud exclusively on...  your a@@.  Bend over and push play.  And if I refuse, they make me -- the consumer/critic -- the problem...  the fly in teh ointment...  the hinderance to their wonderful future...  the bad guy.  

I've played games since I bought the first pong console at Sears...  and now these jokers are seriously making me think about walking away for good.  I've got years and years of backlog on old consoles...

Sorry, but Orth, Mattrick, and these other jokers have really made me angry with their condescension.  When Mattrick made his sideways swipe at the military, I almost walked then...  I certainly swore off XBOX ONE.  I'll stay with Sony for now, but if they start down the road of the Dark Side, I really might pack it in.       

demondogx
demondogx

@BA0701 I was done with EA after the horrible Dragon age 2, but that game not just made me done with EA, it also made me done with mainstream gaming media who all hailed it as a masterpiece, it was what made me switch to youtube critits like totalbiscuit, angryjoe and only stick with reviewers who are highly critical of the gaming industry like Jim Sterling

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Lhomity @jkflipflop98 You sound reverse butthurt that someone would consider not buying it for that reason. Perhaps you can cover it up if you go from person to person accusing them of being hurt. 

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@kitmeep "How am I supposed to eat this, it tastes like rotten shit"... "Deal with it." 

I think he'll do well there.

BA0701
BA0701

@de-astroturfer @BA0701 "Slow grinding" Truer words my friend. It is maddening watching something that has been a part of your life for so many years, being torn apart through the sheer greed and selfishness of so few. Saddest part of all, is that I would bet my entire gaming collection that most of those making these decisions are not even gamers, and apart from the monetary gains they are making from it, they could actually not care less about the games, or gamers, themselves. Simply painful.

BA0701
BA0701

@jkflipflop98 @BA0701 Sony's DRM rootkit was contained on music CDs, and resulted in my being very careful when inserting a music CD (no autorun, etc...) into my PC, basically I avoid it whenever possible. I do not recall the rootkits being part of any games. Could be wrong, but certainly do not recall any. I also do not have any Sony games currently installed on my PC, but feel that if a RK were to be a part of any game I install from Steam, that Valve would def put an end to it. Hope so anyhow. Again, things get to the point where we cannot trust them to that extent and fear even installing any of their games, and it becomes time to step away. Are you able to point to anything more recent than 2005, in an instance where Sony was being intentionally deceitful?


Believe me, if Valve, Sony, or Nintendo come out as doing that same sort of underhanded business I will drop them as well. Not so tied to gaming as to allow them to do whatever they wish. I believe my original post explains it best, if I feel they are all going in that direction, I will leave the hobby, and pick up something else. I have no reason to distrust any of the three I just mentioned, and will continue to trust until given a reason not to. That trust is not of the blind sort, mind you, it is and will remain very guarded. I simply want to believe that they about the games, for the gamers, until they show me otherwise.


BA0701
BA0701

@battlefront1943 Sounds like you and I started at almost the exact same time. I began with Pong from Sears, then Atari, etc... Used to spend a lot of my gaming dollars ordering out of the Wishbook! I stepped away for a few years after being ripped off badly on the 3DO, paid $600 for the system back then, only to have them stop making games for it less than a year later. Stayed away from anything but PC games, and even those were on rare occasions, until a few years into the PS2 cycle, and have been going strong since.


I agree fully with what you said. I have never come away from buying a game, and feeling as if I had indeed been forced to "pick up the soap" as you say. That is of course until now. Now suddenly, it is beginning to feel as if I have no voice, and that if I do not like what has been sold to me, then I should just shut up and take it, else be shivved. Believe me when I tell you, I have spent 10's of thousands on gaming, and will continue, unless this recent trend continues. Then I will simply need to find another hobby to occupy my time and money with. Did it before, have an entire closet for of things from my last hobby, that I have seriously been thinking about breaking out lately. I will say, thus far, Sony, Steam, and Nintendo have not done anything thus far to push me away, and I am hoping it stays that way. I love my gaming, but not at the cost of my pride.

BA0701
BA0701

@demondogx @BA0701 DA2 was indeed horrible. Just another great example of EA force rushing a game, and trying to force it down our throats. There are countless examples of this from EA, with PvZ being the most recent example.


There was a time that EA was my favorite publisher, back when the original Madden and Road Rash games were on the Genesis. But no longer. Their heads simply became way too big, as is apparently the case with so many others in the gaming industry as of late. When the people behind the games start thinking they are actually bigger and more important than the games themselves, it is a huge problem, and I believe is where we find ourselves today.

hikaruai
hikaruai

@Lhomity @Rayzakkno it makes him buttitchy can't you tell the difference?

BA0701
BA0701

@de-astroturfer You were correct in your first response to my comments. It is strange indeed, how much our opinions are the same, on all of these subjects.


I would love to see the numbers of PvZ2 compared to the original game. How big is the install base, how much have they made, etc... I doubt we will ever get those numbers, because I believe they will prove all of those who said EA was going to ruin the game, correct. EA's greediness to make the game "Free to Play", in order to try and make even more money off of the game has driven away a huge amount of the original's install base. I am sure they are still making money on the game, but have a feeling had they priced it similarly to the original, one time buy, that they would have made more. A sad as it is for me to say, I believe the whole Free to Play pricing structure is here to stay. As you said, $60 for a virtual car, insanity is amongst us.


I really do hope that the Indie developers remain, and keep making some of these incredible games, at very reasonable prices. Problem is, once they have a big hit, it seems to directly correlate with their pricing on future releases. Angry Birds is a perfect example of this. $2 for the original, $50 for the most recent version.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@BA0701 @de-astroturfer 

Well everybody hates origin and Im fairly sure EA wouldnt cut a great deal for developers anyway, so thats no great loss. But there is a lot of resentment towards indies from the big players in general, for bringing an end to their mobile monopolies. I remember a few years ago on various mobile gaming sites  a lot of commentators arguing that indies were bad and that Apple should oust them from the app store to make room for better quality games, presumably from big publishers, I don't think Im being too paranoid to be suspicious that those commentators were working on behalf of the big mobile publishers trying to influence public opinion and lobby Apple.

So it wouldn't surprise me that at some point during Microsofts and EA talks over exclusivity for Titanfall ect the subject of indies had come up. Companies like EA absolutely despise indies how dare they be allowed to compete in an industry they've had a monopoly over for the past 20 years, now they have to give gamers compelling reasons to choose their product above that of indies and price their products fairly and competitively and they don't like it, they used to have a licence to print money and now that licence has been revoked, now they have to play fair and actually work for a living.  

BA0701
BA0701

@de-astroturfer @BA0701 You nailed it perfectly. I could not agree with you more. I was actually trying to figure out why MS was making life so difficult for the indies, but now it makes total sense.


I could not agree more, I certainly hope that Sony and Nintendo do stay the course, as it will force MS and EA's hand on the matter. You will never see Indies on Origin, but I am cautiously optimistic that the changes we have been hearing about for Steam will only make things better. Not sure their current system is optimal, but at least they are open to trying to get it right, and working to make it better.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@BA0701 The way I see it this all started with the Apple Appstore not in of itself, opening the doors to indies and letting anyone sell their games and letting them set their own prices was a godsend to the indy community and mobile gaming in general, but rather large publishers response to it, they couldn't charge ridiculous prices anymore, as they were being undercut by the likes of Angry birds, so instead they invented Freemium whereby they would disguise the cost of their games with in app purchases, they rapidly figured out they could in fact charge much more for their games, for example fastest car in real racing £69.99 !!!!!!! and get away with it  !!!! Then they distorted the difficulty curve to try and force more players to make these purchases, eroding the whole concept of gameplay, and now all the top grossing apps in the App Store are freemium games.

What has happened since then is companies like Microsoft in collusion with publishers like EA have looked at the figures and decided from a perspective of pure greed, that thats a good model for their new console. On top of that hideous and dishonest business model they have also come up with other new and imaginative ways to penny pinch from their customers, such as selling their personal details and habits to advertisers. But whats even worse is on top of all that they still want to charge users the initial full retail price, they want to have their cake and eat it and despite their recent uturn they also want to kick out indies to get rid of the competition and maximise the profit margins of partners such as EA.

Let us just hope the underhanded PR offensive which companies like Microsoft and EA engage in, such as paid articles trying to link legitimate criticism of Microsoft and Oculus with trolling, and the wave of astroturfing on comment sections (practices sadly all too common these days) don't sway mainstream public opinion down this dark path, and lets just hope Sony and Nintendo stay on course.

BA0701
BA0701

@calamityo @BA0701   Smoke and mirrors my friend, happens in business every single day. I was taught at a very young age to always read the fine print, actually to pay more attention to that than the bold print. Hiding things in the fine print has been done since the beginning of business, and in every industry imaginable. Thereofore, I would not call it deceitful. Expected? Possibly. Misleading? Sure you could make that argument, but not deceitful. Had they not put it on there at all, and intentionally completely hid this information, all the while emails leaked showing that upper management made the decision to hide this information intentionally, and possibly even openly lying about it, then it would be deceitful, absolutely.

I am not on here trumpeting the goodness of Sony over MS, that was another individual attempting to make a connection where there was none. I simply said I would continue to play my Sony console among others, but will not be buying an XB-One among others. I still stand by my personal assesment, but will not absolutely rule out the possibility of owning an XB-One. But will go so far as to say I will not own one so long as they force me to have a kinect attached and operating at all times, among some other more minor issues. Hell, I own a 360, and still play games on it, on occasion.

I am not on here shilling for Sony, or any other comapny for that matter. I only voiced my own personal, and current choices. But, I also stated that those choices are also subject to change. I believe the one thing that has come out of this latest console launch, is that so far in this generation Sony has made much more sound business decisions. I firmly believe that Sony had made many of the same choices MS made, the very decisions that caused such furor to begin with. But, I believe that when Sony saw the backlash the community was giving MS, and the shit that began to fly, especially when MS was basically stating this is our decision, and you will just need to deal with it. This discussion really hit a peak, when Mr. Orth made his comments on subjects that until that point were still just specualation. I believe Sony quickly reversed their previous decisions, so that by the time E3 arrived, they could quickly point to those very same facts, and show everyone how they were indeed implementing things the way the community was demanding they be implemented, making it appear as though they had planned things that way all along. That is just smart business sense on Sony's part.

I believe that the success of the 360, coupled with the fact that MS has never really had any stiff competition in the OS arena, has brought about a corporate culture that they can do whatever they like, and people will just have to go along with it. They do this all the time in their computer business, look no further than Windows 8 for proof of that, as well as other forced changes MS has imposed upon a hesitant community. MS is not used to having strong competition, and any time in the computer industry someone would even attempt to challenge them in any way, MS simply crushed them, or bought the company, chewed them up, and spit them out. They cannot operate this way in the gaming industry, a lesson I am afraid is still ongoing. There is simply too much competition to operate this way.

As I stated earlier, it is not too late to turn things around, but it is going to be a long road ahead. MS has to try and regain some lost credibility, and that is not easily done, especially in a highly competitive market. Sony was not so arrogant as to think that they could just impose their will onto the people, and that they would stand idly by and quietly go along. MS was, in this case. They thought that whatever decision they made, people would just have to accept. They mistakenly thought that all of the success with the 360, would automatically translate to the XB-One, regardless of how little folks thought of the suffocating policies MS was trying to impose.

Sony was heading in the same direction on many of the same issues, but smartly reveresed course before any real damage was done.

calamityo
calamityo

@BA0701"Are you able to point to anything more recent than 2005, in an instance where Sony was being intentionally deceitful?" 


Didn't Sony try to hide the fact that they were going to charge you to play on their PSN network in their E3 short video. The text was so small, it was unnoticeable, because of the jibe to MS they distracted you from it - only the eagle eyed ones spotted it. And then Sony had to come out and said "yeah, we're going to charge you, if you want to play on the PSN". Isn't that being deceitful.