With overwhelmingly positive reviews from Youtubers and gamers alike, the psychological horror game Layers of Fear from Aspyr is now set to release on Google’s Daydream. After a lot of urging from fans, the developers decided to add Daydream to the game’s list of supported platforms.
But they aren’t simply dumping the game on a new platform – they’re completely redesigning it for optimal play on VR and releasing it as a subtitle, called Layers of Fear: Solitude. What this means is that there will be new features specifically tailored to provide an immersive virtual experience.The features gamers can expect to see in this title, according to the game publisher’s website, is as follows:
- Psychedelic horror – A sense of insanity means each turn of your head may completely change the look of your surroundings.
- Victorian setting – Explore a beautifully detailed game world inspired by masterpiece paintings, architecture and décor from the 19th century.
- Original and classic art – Numerous pieces of original art and music envelope your senses; sending you deep into a dark environment fraught with unyielding madness.
- Story-focused exploration – Only through exploring the environment can you uncover the haunting details of the painter’s tragic past.
Like everyone else jumping on the VR bandwagon lately, Google announced their Daydream Mobile VR platform back in May of this year. Basically the successor to Google Cardboard, it looks and functions a lot like the Gear VR from Samsung.Daydream View is the software behind the new VR app and has a type of ‘Room’, that looks kind of like a geometric forest, where players will be able to play games, watch Youtube videos and read the news among a host of other features. The Hardware side of things was a bit late to the show, with Google waiting until their Hardware Event on October 4 to reveal the accompanying device Google View. The headset is enveloped in a soft foam material and fabric (according to Google it’s just supposed to feel like another piece of clothing) and comes with a small controller. There are some games and apps set to release along with the Daydream View, as many as 50 this year, according to Google – with hundreds more planned for next year. There are only a couple of phones that will be able to support Daydream. So far Asus, Alcatel, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, Xiaomi and ZTE have partnered with Google to create Daydream ready devices. Google’s newly developed phone, Pixel, and the Pixel XL (also announced at the event) will also support Daydream but will not be releasing along with the Daydream Headset.
Back to Layers Of Fear: Solitude
The original game, which was released for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4, was made with the Unity engine. But for the Daydream version, the developers decided to go with Unreal Engine 4. Bartosz Kapro, a Game Director at Bloober – the Polish developers behind the game – recently announced the move, saying that “To bring Layers of Fear to Daydream we had to change the engine from Unity to Unreal Engine 4 in order to hit performance and fidelity targets for the platform.” He continued to add that the stability of the engine and access to its source code made the VR version able to retain both the stunning visuals and the dark atmosphere that people loved in the original.
The Daydream platform & hardware are set to launch this November for about $79. There is no release date for Layers of Fear: Solitude as of yet, but it will a Daydream exclusive title.