Get Ready for the AURORA Encore Concerts
August 16 2023
It’s already August and gamescom will be starting soon! We have a lot planned for our booth, but there’s plenty of other stuff that Sky players can take part in no matter where they are in the world. Today we’re going to share some of the details of what’s coming up.
When we kicked off our gamescom planning in early spring, one thing we didn’t expect was getting the opportunity to collaborate with AURORA this year. After seeing so many messages and fanart pieces from players expressing how meaningful the concert was last year, we're thrilled to have AURORA’s collaboration to make this experience possible again!
These encore AURORA concerts begin on August 23rd and run through September 3rd PDT (UTC -7). AURORA will appear in Home, offering to teleport you directly to the Coliseum.
On the first three days of the encore, from August 23rd through 25th (Wed.-Fri.), the concert will be held on a special schedule starting every eight hours: 3:00 pm, 11:00 pm, and 7:00 am CEST (that’s 6:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 10:00 pm PDT).
Then from August 26th through September 3rd, the concert will begin every four hours starting at 11:00 am CEST (2:00 am PDT).
August 25th: Setting World Records
Don’t forget, Friday August 25th is the day we’re attempting to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record title with the AURORA concert! We’re sending out deep honks calling Sky kids everywhere to fill the Coliseum—specifically, to attempt to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most users in a concert themed virtual world.
This will be livestreamed from our booth and specially hosted by a player many of you may know: Sarah “NastyMold” Hayes, joined by Stellify and Tethys from the Community Team. Here’s the schedule (all times in CEST—sites like this can convert to your timezone):
2:00 pm CEST - Coliseum Games
Join in a round of games specially designed for the Coliseum, and celebrate the return of the concert and the setting of a new record. TGC staff will be there with their avatars too, so be sure to grab a seat and join us for shenanigans, such as:
The Duel—Use your team’s emote to move a beam of light before time’s up
The Great Spheres—help your fellow Sky kids move a giant sphere to its goal to set off fireworks and launch your avatar into the air
And a round of activities best experienced as a Sky kid flash mob
3:00 pm CEST - GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Attempt
This is The concert! Guinness World Records adjudicators will be there to make the attempt official. Take in the music of AURORA and the story of Sky with NastyMold, the TGC Community Team, and fellow Children of the Light in one of the game’s most memorable experiences.
Be part of the experience in the game and on our livestreams! Watch on our Twitch page: twitch.tv/thatgamecompany
August 26th: AURORA Celebration Concert
We’re spam-honking in excitement for the concert at 3:00 pm CEST on August 26th. After watching this concert, you’ll want to stick around—AURORA will be joining us live in the game and via livestream! She’ll be alongside NastyMold hosting activities for everyone, including a light parade, voting towers, and more.
We’re thrilled that AURORA can join the Sky community in person for this occasion—teleport to the Coliseum early to get your spot!
The concert celebrates the entire Sky community, so we wanted it to be inclusive and true to the experience of the original collaboration. This ultimately meant making available the original collaboration items that were offered alongside the rest of the concert experience last year, so that everyone who is interested has the chance to share in the mementos of this occasion.
We mentioned in our gamescom announcement post that there will be a new emote during the encore concerts. Well, we know that Sky kids like to dance, and since the original collaboration included a mask and outfit with a “Cure For Me” theme, a dance from “Cure For Me” was a natural follow-up.
So, during the AURORA encore period, a new emote will be available showing some memorable moves from the original music video! Unlock this two-level expression with event currency placed in the open around the Coliseum. Level 1 can be unlocked with all the event currency available after one concert, or attend a few more to get event currency to unlock Level 2.
Level 1: 12 event currency
Level 2: 33 event currency
Five event currency shaped like the AURORA Season symbol will appear in the Coliseum each day—four in the open around the area, and one that appears if you join one of the new activities held before a concert starts. After attending your first concert, you can also pick up a special one-time bonus of 10 event currency, too.
To commemorate the milestone of 10,000 players together in the Coliseum, a pair of shoes will be on offer in the in-game shop. Modeled off of a pair of white sneakers AURORA has worn in past IRL ensembles, they also include a little detail reflecting the big moment, if you take a closer look.
Musical Voyage Sneakers: $6.99 (USD)
As mentioned earlier, the items offered last year as part of our collaboration with AURORA will be available for the concert’s return. These include IAP like the Voice of AURORA instrument, Runaway Hair, and the To the Love Outfit, plus the Cure For Me Mask and Outfit, which can both be unlocked with regular candles—don’t forget, the returning Cure For Me items become available after completing the first four AURORA Seasonal Quests and watching a concert.
For details on these returning items, check out these two earlier posts! (Please note that while IAP prices in USD haven’t changed, some regions outside the US may see price differences based on Apple or Google Play’s updates to price tiers.)
This encore concert series marks a number of firsts for us—the first time at gamescom, the first GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt, and the first time we’ve been able to welcome new players to experience a returning collaboration. We appreciate all the feedback you've provided since we announced this encore, and we’ll keep it in mind for any potential collaborations we have in the future too.
Whether you’ll join us in person in Cologne (in Hall 9!) or through our livestreams, we can’t wait! Stay tuned to our social media and Twitch channels—We’ll see you at gamescom, and at the concert!