The concept of virtual reality bases its appeal on the fact that it makes use of your senses to immerse you in a new world. Which is why most VR games focus on making a visual presentation that wows players and pull them into the game. Developer Tiny Bull Studios and indie label Surprise Attack Games are taking an entirely different route, however.
After creating the concept for their game at the Global Game Jam in 2014 with the theme of “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are,” the Tiny Bull Studios team went on to partner with Surprise Attack Games to fully develop their title, called Blind.
Blind is a VR adventure that takes place in the dark, because much like the name suggests, your character has lost her eyesight. You’re not entirely debilitated, though, because the game makes use of a bat-like echolocation feature that helps you see outlines of the world of Blind and the people in it.
In Blind you play a young woman who wakes up in a strange room to the shocking discovery that you have lost your sense of sight and almost no memory of how you got there. Led by a mysterious disembodied voice called Warden, you have to explore a twisted mansion using the sound of your cane and household objects like gramophones.
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“Sound waves briefly reveal the outlines of objects, enabling her to navigate the mansion, solve puzzles and uncover the mystery of what is happening and why. As she gets closer and closer to the truth, however, she will be forced to confront her worst enemy – that which she does not, or will not, see,” developers said in a press statement.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first VR game takes away your sight and replaces it with echolocation. Stifled by Gattai Games is a psychological thriller that takes every sight you make in the real world and translates it to in-game sight through your headset’s microphone.
Tiny Bull Studios and Surprise Attack Games have now revealed that the game Blind will have “four to five hours” of gameplay and will be making its way to all major PC-based VR platforms in Spring this year. With a PSVR expected later in 2018.