Erm... There’s this ‘thing’ we should talk about. It’s from Ubisoft, it’s VR, and it was revealed at their E3 pre-event presentation. We don’t know what to make of it – and we quite like that...
Transference is a collaboration between Ubisoft Montreal and Spectrevision, the company that includes The Lord of the Rings’ Elijah Wood as a co-founder. They pitch it as, ‘A psychological thriller... Bridging the gap between movies and games, we invite you to lose yourself in the destructive tale of a man’s obsession as you explore his digitally recreated memories.” This could either be quite brilliant and a darker step on from Until Dawn, or it could be... well, Night Trap all over again.
Decide for yourself as you watch the reveal:
The video may be guilty of style over substance, but as a teaser it’s certainly whet our appetites for more info. The presentation is sharp and edgy, while the central premise is intriguing. As for how the game will actually play, all we know is what Ubisoft has shared, ‘Escape the maze-like puzzle of an impossible home concealing a corrupted truth. Meet the troubled family members and get hands-on to solve their riddle through a multi branching narrative.’
Flatscreen Ubi may be synonymous with cookie-cutter rinse-and-repeat releases of late, but VR Ubi is on a roll. Transference follows in the virtual path of Werewolves Within, Eagle Flight and Star Trek: Bridge Crew – all titles that have rewarded the company’s uncharacteristically experimental approach to gameplay with strong reviews and have proven popular with players. At first glance, Transference looks to continue this trend when it releases in Spring 2018 for PS VR, Rift and Vive.