Sony is making the most of E3 as always and they’re not leaving room for disappointment on the PS VR part either, with exciting new announcements like charming puzzle adventure Ghost Giant, the standalone Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR, a futuristic take on classic Tetris in Tetris Effect and Trover Saves The Universe from Squanch Games setting the platform up to become a household staple for any adventurous gamer.
One of the latest PS VR titles to be announced at Sony’s media showcase is a surprising new game from Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer FromSoftware. The studio hasn’t revealed much about the game yet except a mysterious new trailer that doesn’t give too much away.
Déraciné does look like a big departure for the studio with what looks like a focus on narrative and artistic license rather than the extreme action RPGs that they’re known for with the Souls series. It’s also their first attempt at creating a game for virtual reality.
The trailer, for its part, focuses on various rooms in a Victorian-style building. There is what looks like a mural at the start with a narrator saying, “‘Aren’t you excited? You’re going to be a fairy! And live in the world where time stands still.” Beyond that, the trailer doesn’t give much away. Except to show a wilted flower coming back to life through some sort of magic.
Check out the trailer below:
The trailer’s description gives us little more of an idea of what the game is about, with it stating that Déraciné is a story adventure about “a spirit summoned by a young girl in a secluded boarding school”. The gameplay seems to be focused on her time there with you having to prove the spirit’s existence while also building a unique bond with the students through various interactions. “As the mystery of the story unfolds, the spirit must use its ability to manipulate the forces of life and time to change the fate of the pupils,” the description goes on to say.
A PlayStation Blog post by Masaaki Yamagiwa of SIE does reveal a little more about the game, however. “The story unfolds in a secluded boarding school where six children quietly spend their days. It is into this environment that you appear, an unseen faerie existing in a world of frozen time. As the story progresses, time shifts around you, at times even throwing you into the past,” said Yamagiwa.
“Déraciné’s most important element is the bond between the player, an unseen faerie, and the children of the boarding school. This is shown using fragmented storytelling, where the user pieces events together from scattered story elements, and a setting where time is frozen. All of this comes together in a compelling, emotional narrative,” Yamagiwa went on to say.
For now that’s the gist of what we know about this upcoming game. No release date has been revealed yet, but we do know that Déraciné will release sometime in 2018 and will be a PlayStation VR exclusive.