The horror genre just fits so exceptionally well with the virtual reality platform. It might be because of how easily we live ourselves into stories paired with the immersive capabilities of VR. Or it could be because most of us just love a good scare. Either way, Playstation is looking to bring its next big horror hit to VR after the success of Resident Evil 7. And that it might just be The Persistence.
This horror title with roguelike elements has been making headlines for a while now and was scheduled to release last year by Firesprite but was delayed. Now, however, the studio has announced that the game will be releasing almost a year later than expected, on July 24, 2018. Which we’re really hoping will be the final release date because this game looks like a horrifically wonderful experience.
Take a look at this newly released trailer:
In The Persistence you play the role of Security Officer Zimri Eder, the only crewmember left on The Persistence – a colony ship that was traveling through a jump. Unfortunately the spaceship’s ‘Clone Printer’ has been damaged by a nearby black hole and is pushing out strangely mutated copies of the crew. Clones are the central theme of this game as you’ll be facing off against your horrifically disfigured crewmates’ clones and you’ll be deploying new clones of yourself when you die. Which you will do a lot of, apparently. Because the developers have made sure everyone knows that this game is hard to defeat.
Which should sound about right because of the roguelike element in The Persistence which means that the ship’s environment is entirely procedurally generated. Meaning that every time you play the game, things will look very different and you might find a group of killer clones in a room where thought a cache of weapons would be. “Every life plays out differently, with different enemies to face, items to find and weapons to buy and upgrade. Taking time to understand the ever-changing world around you is crucial to staying alive. Deadly hazards are likely to get the better of you if aren’t paying attention, so learn to use them to your advantage,” Game Director at Firesprite, Stuart Tilley said in a blog post.
Plus, when you die, you really die and have to start again with a new clone from the beginning. Luckily, you don’t lose everything and get to keep some of your skill progressions. Yay. Well, there is a little silver lining – along with keeping your memories and skills, you can also play with the DNA of your new clone, making it better and stronger.
Escape Or Run Around In Circles
Your aim in The Persistence is to, obviously, survive but also to restore functionality to the ship and find a way back to Earth. So while the game has a lot of replay value in terms of the procedurally generated environment and the fact that you’ll apparently keep dying, it does have a definite end. Though no estimates have been given as to how long it will take you to reach that end.
The Persistence uses smooth movement though teleportation is an option, and stealth is definitely a good plan in this game. So you’ll have to peek around corners and avoid the critters on board as much as possible. Though you can just say screw it and go all Rambo if you want. Just make sure you know where to find the on-board weapons fabricators so you can stock up on the some of the 20 weapons available in the game. Which includes melee weapons and something called “experimental ‘dark matter’ powered prototypes”. For now the game doesn’t support the Aim controller though.
Let Friends Decide Your Fate
Probably one of the most interesting aspects of The Persistence is the fact that your friends can join in on the fun using their phones or tablets while you sweat away in VR. They can help you by opening up doors, disabling traps, or pointing out helpful stuff which will earn them points to buy even more helpful abilities. Or they can just make the game that much harder for you. And they probably will because who doesn’t love a little trolling – and also the game gives them big rewards for it.
So if you’re as excited as we are to see The Persistence in action then make sure you keep an eye out for it around release time. Pre-orders are also now open with a discount for Playstation Plus members. There is currently a demo available of the game if you want to try it before buying, which you can find on the Playstation Store.