Sony just revealed a new title that’s being built from the ground up for their Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, and it looks creepy. The game is called The Assembly, and it’s being described as a mystery game, though after watching its debut trailer I’m also noticing a bit of sci-fi horror in there, too. It’s being built from the ground up with the Morpheus headset in mind, so VR functionality won’t be an afterthought.
This eerie CG trailer offers a lot of questions and no real answers. Thankfully, The Assembly developer Patrick O’Luanaigh was able to offer a few details on the game in a post on the PlayStation Blog.
The Assembly includes lots of the gameplay mechanics that we found worked well in VR. For example, you get to control two different characters at various points, and in VR, you really notice details like their different heights, sounds and voices. Rather than playing as a silent character, we found that playing the role of characters in the story works really well, and helps make The Assembly feel quite different to most other VR projects.
The game has a rich story written by Tom Jubert, a talented young writer behind indie hits like FTL, Penumbra and The Swapper. Players are flung into the underground world of The Assembly, a secretive collection of scientists, academics and engineers who believe morality in society is preventing scientific advancement and are committed to discovering a universal theory of everything, at any cost.
The Assembly is a PS4 exclusive.