Developer company The Chinese Room have announced a new game, titled So Let Us Melt. The people behind Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture will be working together with Google to develop the game for Google’s new mobile VR platform, Daydream.
The Chinese Room are well-known for creating atmospheric, story-driven games that are often referred to as walking simulators, their most famous being Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and the sequel to Amnesia, called A Machine For Pigs. Now, such games are not to everyone’s taste. A lot of gamers look down on this genre, since the interactivity with the world is usually very minimal, if indeed there is any. You just kind of walk around and look at stuff, while uncovering whatever the mystery that drives the plot is.
Now, the main strength of walking simulators are the plot, but even more so, the atmosphere. These games live and die on how much they can draw the player into their world and make you want to uncover all of their secrets. And, what better way to immerse someone completely than with VR? To that end, Google approached The Chinese Room to make a game for their new mobile VR system called Daydream. Obviously, they are staying very quiet about game details. The only thing we know so far is that it will be a story about Custodian 98. According to them, it’s a story of “getting lost and being found again’. What this means is anybody’s guess right now.
Check out an excerpt from the announcement below.
People have been saying we ought to make a VR game for a couple of years now, and we’re really happy to announce we’re partnering with Google Daydream to do just that. So Let Us Melt has everything you’d expect from one of our games: an amazing world to explore, a great story with terrific voice-acting, visuals that push the platform as far as it’ll go, and a stunning new soundtrack from BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry.
The exact release date is still unknown, but the developers promise that it will be out some time this year. Fans of The Chinese Room and immersive games will probably have a lot to look forward to.