When Spanish indie studio Vertical Robot announced their second VR title called Red Matter at Oculus Connect 4 last year, it got us pretty excited to see what adventures this retro-futuristic sci-fi game, which has been inspired by 80s sci-fi cinema, Soviet space age imagery and the Cold War, might hold in store. Now the studio has announced that the game will be making its way to Oculus Rift players on May 24th, and pre-orders going at $29,99 are also now open.
Red Matter thrusts (literally) players into a futuristic dystopian depiction of a Cold War in the future, where you’re Agent Epsilon, an astronaut for the Atlantic Union. The Union sends you on a mission to Rhea, one of Saturn’s moons where an abandoned base station holds secret research by the Soviet-inspired People’s Republic of Volgravia that you’re meant to retrieve.
Of course, things won’t be just that simple and you’ll have to figure out puzzles, deal with the alien planet, and come to grips with the Orwellian-inspired story before the adventure can be concluded. Red Matter comes complete with its own language and alphabet that you’ll have to decipher using tools, and a unique movements system where you use the suit’s thrusters to propel you forward to a spot of your choice. So it’s kind of like teleportation, but with a little more steps added. No word yet on whether other types of locomotion will be available as well.
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“For this game we wanted to create a distinct, out-of-the-ordinary sci-fi world,” said Vertical Robot co-founder, Tatiana Delgado. “We found inspiration in Soviet space race visual propaganda, because of how bold and iconic those images are. However, we wanted to distance ourselves from reality by creating a dystopian fantasy in which the Cold War is waged between two made-up nations: the Atlantic Union and the People’s Republic of Volgravia.”
It looks like both narrative and interactivity will play big roles in the game, with the development team focusing on a realistic but slightly stylized art style, and letting players be virtually unrestricted when interacting with that environment. Players will have access to an array of tools – that all fit the theme of course – when zipping around inside the game.
“One of such tools is a set of claws that allow you to interact with the environment in a surprisingly natural and intuitive way, allowing players to grab, inspect, and handle objects and solve puzzles encountered in-game with literally no restrictions”, the team said in a prepared statement.
So if this upcoming puzzle adventure sounds promising to you, then make sure to take a look at Red Matter on the Oculus Store. We’ll have a quick preview of the first part of the game up and ready for you to see next week, so make sure to check back!