Penn Jillette, from Penn and Teller and Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford are teaming up to remake the classic game, Desert Bus.
Desert Bus was originally developed back in 1995 for Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors title on SEGA CD but never officially released. In it, you are put in the drivers seat of a bus travelling between Los Angeles to Las Vegas in real time which is about 4 hours if you are lucky.
The bus travels in a straight line but pulls to the right meaning you need to keep correcting your path to make it to your destination. After reaching your destination you get one whole point and drive back the other way. Rinse and repeat the journey as many times as you can and that is the game. If your bus leaves the road, it is game over.
Desert Bus has been used for marathon play sessions in the Desert Bus for Hope event which has donated over $3 million to Child’s Play. Now, Jillette hopes to make the game part of a larger bundle for charities on the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.
In Penn’s recent Penn’s Sunday School podcast, the announcement was made
I’m working on a game. I’m working with Randy Pitchford, and we’re going to do – and this is a big, big deal – we’re going to do a new Desert Bus and it’s going to be just for charities, so charities can use it to raise money.