An Entirely New Medium: Interactive Fiction
PartnerPlay is a new storytelling medium made for two people. With PartnerPlay, people live out stories through interactive audio via shared AirPods.
Watch this explainer video with headphones:
And a thriller example:
Here’s a fun scare example:
Our technology brings your story to life in totally new immersive ways.
A dinosaur’s footsteps can be paired with the phone’s vibration. A clap of thunder with a quick flash of the phone’s flashlight. Flickering flames with a strobe effect.
Wind, vibration, lights, touch, breathe, whispering…the storytelling possibilities are endless.
Visionary Storytellers Wanted
We’re looking for storytellers to push the limits of this new medium.
Storytellers should ideally be comfortable working in audio to create a (very rough) first draft of their stories: voice recording, ambient sound effects, and editing. Essentially a scratch track.
They’ll also need to feel comfortable playtesting with partners or friends. Being able to move from idea to play-testable experience is key for our iterative process.
Games are about creating a space for things that don’t otherwise happen
PartnerPlay creates a space for personal attention: a chance to be attended to, cared for, noticed, wanted, desired, dominated, and loved.
Our mission is to create more empathy and passion in the world by bringing people closer together.
About The Startup
PartnerPlay is a small stealth startup backed by some of the most creative people in the world including the founders of HQ Trivia, Tinder, Venmo, Tumblr, GroupMe, MakeSpace, and the writer/creator of Dear Evan Hansen.
The founder, Jonathan Wegener, is a product designer and entrepreneur with two decades of experience building products and starting companies. He previously founded Timehop, Exit Strategy NYC, and worked on product at Snapchat and GroupMe.