Caligo is a VR puzzle horror game being developed by Blind Ambition Studio. In terms of platform support, the developer said, “We are aiming for Vive and Oculus support with hopes to go to PS VR in the future.”
The story of Caligo is set in the Victorian era. It’s a story about family and history, although not in the traditional sense. You play the character of Roderick who is away at school when he hears that his father has died. Having been away for years, Roderick has to come home to settle his father’s estate – but will he be able to handle his family’s demons? Ever since his baby sister passed away, Roderick’s father has never been the same.
He became obsessed with the occult and esoteric subjects, never being able to cope with his daughter’s death. While getting his father’s affairs in order, Roderick begins to find out just how far his father went to the dark side.
Beware, This Game Has a Self Learning AI, Set Loose in the Estate With You
While exploring the Edwardian estate, you will come across various things that shape the story unfolding before you. But every story is unique, as the developers said in a recent press release, “We believe that a truly great VR experience comes from replayability and strong story elements. With this in mind, our engineering staff has spent years developing the AI systems implemented in Caligo. We are really excited to share our AI! Your actions determine gameplay with very little scripting from our side. We are finishing up our AI which tailors to the individual player’s playstyle and heightens the horror experience. It also creates a new experience every with playthrough and maximizes replayability. Each experience is unique and virtually limitless.”
The developers also say that you can play through the story or explore for fun, casual play. Caligo offers something for every style of player. Here’s a twitter post from the studio with a GIF showing preliminary footage of the AI in action:
— Project Caligo (@Caligo_Dev) January 4, 2017
Caligo executes its story based on key elements that the player discovers. It also adds depth to the backstory and history through the environment. In fact, according to the developers, the game allows players to dive as deep as they want into the world of Caligo as long as they have the stomach for it. There’s definitely lots of hidden content to discover and collect, like diaries and heirlooms that add to Roderick and his family’s history, which adds some replayability in itself for those who want to complete the game 100%.
In terms of locomotion mechanics, the developers are still experimenting with that. “The movement is experimental at this time and is still being tested, but we are currently testing a system that is similar to how a person naturally walks,” said CEO of Blind Ambition, and Project Director of Caligo, Raymond Bartos.
Caligo makes use of various puzzle elements, from riddles to choreographed sequences of events. While the main story-arc may not require too much in-depth thinking and makes use of less challenging, multi-tiered puzzles, the side content in the game introduces some more complex challenges. These side-puzzles add to the overall story but are not necessary to complete the game.
There’s no set launch date for Caligo yet, nor a price tag. According to Raymond, they “are borrowing the philosophy of ‘”we will know when it’s ready’. Since we are a passion project team our current focus is on the gameplay and making sure we provide a solid demo that players will enjoy.” But we’ll keep you up to date on further developments of Caligo.