It would seem that the upcoming horror game, Bring to Light, really wants to instill a sense of dread in its players. Red Meat Games, the studio behind Bring to Light, recently announced that it will be using heart rate monitors to control ingame content. Not only will this game be tracking your head movement, but apparently your heart is also up for grabs.
This Lovecraftian horror-themed game forces players to solve puzzles as they traverse shadowy environments. You will need to stick to the light if you want to avoid the many horrors that lurk in the dark. Will you unravel the mystery behind the Avatar of Darkness, or will your sanity unravel first?
While biofeedback is not a new concept, we have yet to see it make its way into VR. The concept is simple. When you get scared, your heart rate shoots up and the monitor sends that data to the game. The game then takes that data and tracks what factors, under its control, where at play when you got spooked. The game can then ramp up, or scale back, the amount of fear inducing features it throws your way.
This will definitely be a more personal approach to the VR horror experience, if it ends up working. Bring to Light is still in the early stages of production but is shooting for a 2018 release. We will keep you updated as new information comes to light!