Fantasy action-adventures are one of the best ways to escape the monotony of reality for a while, and virtual reality makes this escape feel even more real through its immersive capabilities. So to that end, indie studio Daily Magic Production decided to take their love for fantasy to the virtual space with their VR debut The Witching Tower.
The Witching Tower is set to release sometime this summer on Steam and the Oculus Store for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, with a release for PSVR set sometime after that. Staying true to its name, The Witching Tower takes you through various levels in a dark medieval tower. This is no ordinary tower, of course, and there are quite a few things to discover in between fighting off ghosts, bats, and the undead.
Apparently, this tower had once been inhabited by a Queen who used a strange ability to capture and imprison all the magicians, wizards and enchanters in the land. She set them in cages in her dreaded halls and put her minions to work on torturing the poor souls. Now their decrepit ghosts haunt these horrible halls. Well, that’s the story behind at least one of the levels in the tower. Drawing its inspiration from games like Dark Souls and Skyrim, each level of the tower will have its own unique history and ‘quirks’ as well as various puzzles to hinder your journey.
Your role here is as of yet unclear. You’ll be playing a woman named Anna who was saved by some unknown deities to carry out their murky intent. Trapped in the tower, you’ll have to deal with all of the atrocities within that had been formed from the fear and pain that emanated from the kingdom during the Undead’s war. It’s been 6 years since the war ended but the fight isn’t over. Not for you at least.
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The Witching Tower boasts an ‘enhanced combat system’ where you have to fight off enemies with a powerful blade, while fending off their attacks, and finding their weaknesses so you can inflict crushing strikes in a flurry of blows. Hand to hand combat isn’t always the answer though, so you’ll also be equipped with a bow and books to inflict ranged damage. Yes, you read correctly – books. Apparently, throwing books at your enemies will inflict damage and is a perfectly acceptable combat tactic. At least in The Witching Tower, it is. You’ll also have some magical abilities at your disposal to help with enemies and traps, like a magical vision to help see previously invisible things, a magical lasso, and the ability to capture the minds of the undead.
No final release date has been announced for The Witching Tower yet, but judging from the media we’ve seen so far, it looks to be a visually polished title with some promising gameplay in a world full of lore. Daily Magic Production definitely went out of their way to create a lore-rich fantasy world full of history and stories to discover. So if that sounds like it’s right up your alley, then make sure to keep an eye out for The Witching Tower. We’ll make sure to keep you updated when any more info becomes available.