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:


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Multisensory

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.


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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.


Our Mission

Games are about creating a space for things that don’t otherwise happen

PartnerPlay creates a space for personal attention: a chance to be noticed, focused on, cared for, attended to, wanted, desired, and loved.

Our mission is to bring the world together through play.


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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.