Laserboys3000 released their unique VR game, Quanero VR, last year for free. An experimental experience for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, it lets you investigate what caused a violent crime in a futuristic bar by manipulating a time-altering device. The gameplay was a fresh look at what virtual reality has to offer after so many VR wave shooters and escape the room horrors.
The developers described their unique approach to VR gameplay as follows: “The possibility of experiencing stories in virtual reality offers completely new challenges to the art of storytelling. The traditional work of directing and the function of the cameraman have to be reconsidered completely, as the player is able to choose his point of view and position. We have tackled this challenge in our final bachelor project Quanero and even went one step further: in this experience, we also give the player complete control over time.”
Now, the indie studio has revealed that they’re planning to release the second installment of the game on Steam in spring 2018. Building upon the success of their previous title, the studio has decided to create an even bigger and better game this time around with Quanero 2 – System Release. They’ve refined their storytelling by scanning their actors and using motion capture technology to make sure they’re creating ultra-realistic characters. According to their announcement, the studio will also be implementing a new gameplay mechanic that will be linked to the storyline much like the time-altering feature was. Though they haven’t given away any specifics yet.
All we know for sure right now is that you’re going to have to get your thinking cap on again and investigate a crime (or crimes) by “connecting them to a causal network of evidence in order to prove accusations, or to refute them.”
You can take a look at the announcement video below to get a quick overview of what the team’s working on, or check out the Quanero 2 – System Release Steam page. If you want to check out the original Quanero VR game, you can find it for free on Steam.