Finland-based 3rd Eye Studios released an interesting little sci-fi themed VR game last year called Downward Spiral: Prologue. It takes place in a ’70s retro future on what looks like an abandoned space station orbiting Earth. The game made quite a few headlines for its movement system that’s very similar to that of the extremely popular space survival title Lone Echo. Of course there is no relation since the game released a few months before Lone Echo did but both do a great job of showing just how well the grab and drag system works in a zero-gravity space setting for VR.
Now the team has announced their second game, set in the same universe, called Downward Spiral: Horus Station. The game isn’t a sequel, exactly, but rather a continuation of Prologue which proved to be a popular enough concept for the developers to turn it into a fully-fledged game.
“Last year’s Downward Spiral: Prologue was our proof of concept. Now we’re almost ready to let players embark on a full-length adventure to discover the atmospheric Horus Station,” said Kari Koivistoinen, CEO of 3rd Eye Studios in a blog post. “For those that wish to experience the game in VR, we’ve continued to develop our proprietary tech that mitigates VR motion sickness while allowing for a full range of movement. Movement is seamless, allowing players to engage in both thoughtful exploration and pulse-quickening combat.”
Check out the trailer below:
Downward Spiral: Horus Station takes place that’s been abandoned by its crew for some unknown reason. For now, the studio is keeping all the cards pretty close to their chest and have only revealed a few teasing tidbits about the gameplay. Just like its predecessor, Downward Spiral: Horus Station will also feature a single-player campaign, co-op, eight-player PvP and PvE multiplayer modes including deathmatch, horde and survivor challenges. All of this goes down in the ship of course, where you’ll have to solve puzzles and fight or avoid unknown dangers in zero gravity. The weapons are also an interesting design choice, with the developers going for maintenance hardware you would find on a ship like this, such as bolt throwers, rail guns, and arc welders.
According to the studio, the story in Downward Spiral: Horus Station will also have an unusual approach with no dialogue or cinematics but rather a heavy focus on environmental storytelling.
So if this looks as interesting to you as it does to me then make sure to check the game out when it releases. Downward Spiral: Horus Station is set to release for PC and PlayStation 4 this spring with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PSVR support at launch.