Last week we reported that the publisher behind Torn, Aspyr Media, revealed some new screenshots of the game, which was announced by Sony for PSVR in 2017 but of which we knew next to nothing about. However, the publisher let slip in the meantime that the game will, in fact, be releasing for the Vive and Rift in addition to PSVR, and now they’ve revealed a little more about the gameplay along with the debut trailer for Torn. They’ve also announced that Torn will have a Spring 2018 release date, though no final date has been set yet.
According to a short press statement released by Aspyr Media, the company describes the game as “a dark science-fiction mystery built for VR” which is inspired by television shows like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. That in itself is an interesting clue because both series had a penchant for introducing its watchers to dark suspense and macabre thrills, usually with an underlying moral message.
Check out the trailer below:
As you’ll see from the trailer above, as well as most of the screenshots shared thus far, the game focuses heavily on what looks like an abandoned mansion. The story goes that a video blogger named Katherine Patterson discovers this abandoned mansion deep in an abandoned forest. This mansion is filled with strange machines and what looks like disturbing experiments. Karen (meaning you) learns that this was the home of a famed scientist called Dr. Lawrence Talbot – who went missing in 1953, on the brink of a major scientific breakthrough. And has been missing for 64 years. This story could mean a lot for the video blogger’s career, even more so when she finds out that Dr. Talbot is actually alive and trapped in another dimension – without his body.
So it then becomes her (or your in any case) mission to help Dr. Talbot reactivate his mysterious machines so that he could escape. You’ll uncover various mysteries and truths along the way about both the mansion and the other dimension known as “The Parallel” (getting some upside-down vibes here). The press statement then goes on to say, “Remember everything you see, for in Talbot’s world, the truth is nothing more than the invention of the mind.” It all sounds very intriguing.
The trailer also shows a glimpse of what we can expect from the game in terms of voice acting (which sounds really good), art direction and music composition. Torn was written by Susan O’Connor (Tomb Raider, BioShock) and Neill Glancy (Stranglehold). It also has an original orchestral score composed by Garry Schyman (BioShock, Middle Earth: Shadow of War). So we’re definitely expecting good things – Torn certainly has the talent to back that up. Another thing you’ll have noticed in the trailer is that the game gives you a strange device to work with.
This is Dr. Talbot’s gravity tool and you’ll be able to use it to manipulate objects of any size and send them flying through the air, presumably for science. Though no other gameplay elements, such as locomotion has been revealed yet.
Besides those details, we don’t know much about Torn yet. However, what’s been revealed thus far looks very promising and the visual style and thematic atmosphere of the trailer do create a great first impression. So we’ll be keeping a close eye on this one, and will let you know of any further updates to the story.