Elijah Wood took to the screen at last year’s E3 to announce the new debut VR game from SpectreVision in partnership with Ubisoft Montreal. Their first title is set to be an ambitious psychological VR thriller called Transference that obscures the line between what’s real and what isn’t as it follows the lives of one strange scientist and his family.
This year, at the Sony E3 media conference, SpecterVision was back to reveal a little more about their upcoming game and to also announce a release date. Transference will be coming to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR as well as PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in Fall 2018. There’s also a Steam page up for the game, confirming the Fall release date. The game will also support all VR platforms’ controllers natively.
The studio took to the stage to show off their brand new trailer and talk a little about what you can expect to see in the game. The story follows a troubled scientist and inventor called Raymond Hayes who has been dabbling in strange experiments involving data gathered from himself and his family in a bid to somehow “fix” the fact that he’s been a bad father and husband. Unsurprisingly, things go wrong and the data starts to take on a dark and twisted life of its own (sounds almost like a corrupt AI) and then starts attacking him and his family in a subtle but devastating way.
Check out the trailer below:
Having formed its own digital world, the data starts corrupting the perceptions of Raymond, his wife Katherine, and their son Benjamin through whispered lies. You’ll get to play as all three characters as you shift between their perspectives and try to piece together the fragmented family memories and attempt to piece together their mystery. The main focus will be the branching narrative where player choice will have a heavy effect on the outcome of the lives of this family.
The studio is experimenting with how to best combine a movie and a videogame by mixing Live-action footage with environmental storytelling in order to create a more impactful and surreal experience that sticks with the player long after the game is finished. The strange dreamlike world that Transference creates definitely looks like it can blur that line effectively.
No final release date has been announced for Transference yet, but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this interesting title come Fall.