Korea-based EVR Studio recently launched two interesting little titles on Steam, called ProjectM: Dream and ProjectM: Daydream respectively. These short previews are teasers to an upcoming game they’re working on, set to release sometime in 2018. Supporting both the Vive and Rift, EVR Studio’s titles focus around a central idea: showcasing what they can offer in the areas of artificial intelligence and advanced visual design.
Their upcoming game, tentatively named ProjectM, will be a story-based adventure game where you’re in control of what happens to the story. Almost like directing your own movie, you’ll get to hang out with a beautiful Korean chick (amongst other characters, presumably) while you go to the beach, skydiving, and whatnot. Well, that’s what I could derive from their website at least.
The aim here is to get you to connect with the game’s highly sophisticated characters (or ‘character’ since I’ve only seen one so far) through real-time rendering and interaction with their AI. Supposedly, these characters will respond to your dialogue and remember your words and actions as the story continues.
Dream is simply very short teaser of what you can expect to see in the studio’s upcoming game. This teaser free but so short that I almost wonder if it’s worth your time. Sure, it shows off the talent and the hard work the studio put into the fine visual details of their game. But there’s almost no interaction and nothing else to do in the short teaser but watch a floating Korean girl cry for some reason. The experience didn’t make any sense, logically, but I guess that’s why it’s called Dream. You can find ProjectM: Dream for free on Steam.
Offering a bit more than its Dream counterpart, ProjectM: Daydream is a 30-minute experience where you get to actually interact with the girl. This one isn’t free, though, going at $4,99 on Steam. However, if you’re interested in actually seeing what the studio has in store for the game then you’re much better off trying out this preview. In this preview, you’re a man called Dong-Woo who briefly fantasizes about going to the places Seung-Ah mentions as you’re sitting with her while she’s chattering away about her summer vacation in Spain and Switzerland. I’m simply not even going to try and make a The Sims-related pun with Dong-Woo. Must. Resist.
As for the visuals, the studio’s work with facial animations is top notch. Still, there were some disappointments on this end too. The description of Daydream promises a skydiving and beach going experience with a beautiful friend. But these two experiences form a mere few seconds of the game before you’re whisked to a kitchen where you get to chat with the girl for a while. This is all dandy in showing off the visuals and AI you can expect in the upcoming full game, however, everything was so large that things felt very off. It seems that the studio somehow forgot to set the scaling right or simply didn’t test it before releasing their previews. So I do hope that the scaling issue is sorted out before the full game releases, at least.
Overall, ProjectM is still a bit of a head scratcher to me. I think the biggest indication of whether or not the upcoming title will actually be any good or not is to wait and see when it releases next year. And since this game looks like it basically caters to those wanting sweet waifu affections, then hopefully we’ll get to see some Dong-Woo(Hoo) in the full title.