Linden Lab® Launches a New Platform for Character-Driven Interactive
Fiction: VersuTM for iPad
First Playable Stories from Emily Short Available Today
SAN FRANCISCO -- February 14, 2013
Linden Lab, the makers of shared creative spaces including Second Life®,
Patterns^TM, Creatorverse^TM, and dio^TM, 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
“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.”
iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
About Linden Lab
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in San Francisco, Linden Lab makes shared
creative spaces that inspire and empower users to explore and share their
creativity with others.
In 2003, the company released Second Life, the pioneering virtual world filled
by the unique creations of its users, who can build anything they can imagine,
socialize with others from around the world, and share or sell their creations
in a thriving real-money marketplace.
In 2012, Linden Lab is expanding its portfolio to include four new digital
entertainment products, including Patterns, a new 3D universe for users to
shape; Creatorverse, a tablet and mobile game that allows users to set their
creativity in motion; dio, a new shared creative space on the web; and Versu,
an interactive fiction experience that makes the reader a part of a living
For more about Linden Lab, its products, and career opportunities please visit
Peter Gray, 415-547-7367
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