Singaporean DJ and producer MYRNE has announced a new virtual reality game, MYRNEscapesaccompanying his brand new EP.
The game is set to release on the Steam gaming platform exclusively for Windows PC later today (May 11). The game will be released in support of the musician’s new EP, “Circles”.
In a three-minute one-level presentation, MYRNE revealed that the game will consist of four “worlds”, each titled after a track from the “Circles” EP. The game will be a VR experiential game that will allow players to explore the digital worlds MYRNE has created, backed by songs from her accompanying EP.
MYRNEscapes was developed by Singaporean studio Metamo Industries, which focuses on visual effects and immersive art (including visuals for Yung Raja’s “Dance Song” music video). Metamo Industries was co-founded by sound designer Benedict Teo, also known as Singaporean veteran DJ Zushan.
Listen to MYRNE’s ‘Circles’ EP below.
In the walkthrough, MYRNE said creating a game was the “saneest thing to do” during the COVID-19 lockdowns that deprived him of dancing and live atmospheres.
Every world in MYRNEscapes takes on a different feel that suits the accompanying track. The World of Circles is designed to be “a large twisting maze set in an ancient cavern”, inspired by games such as Skyrim and Ancient Scrolls.
What Can I Do’s digital landscapes include red sand dunes and skies and shimmering constellations. Emotions takes place in a soothing cliff-top forest, while Faithless takes place in a jungle filled with bioluminescent plants and a river.
Released on Friday, May 6, MYRNE’s EP “Circles” was written in 2021, amid the COVID-19 lockdowns and during a time when he was suffering from “fat impostor syndrome + crippling wow”. [World of Warcraft] addiction + being very unhappy with all the music I’ve made,” per an Instagram post.
For the EP, MYRNE signed with Universal Music Group’s dance music subsidiary, Astralwerks. He has released music under other top dance music labels in the past including Ultra Music, Monstercat and Diplo’s Mad Decent.
Before “Circles,” MYRNE — real name Manfred Lim — released the seven-track EP “Wandering” in 2020. Last year, he released reimagined versions of singles “Superstructure” and “Sleeping On My Own. Again”.