The horror genre is already well acquainted with virtual reality (VR) technology. Not only does slipping on a VR headset such as the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus add to the isolated effect that many entries in the genre depend upon, but the enhanced sense of presence and immersion can often lead to an even scarier experience than originally possible. That’s the feeling indie developer PlasticSpoons hopes to capture with its new VR experience, Friday 13th Terrorthon.
This is a relatively simple horror experience that aims to be brief in running time but big on atmosphere. Players are placed in a wheelchair, being pushed through what appears to be an insane asylum in which inmates have escaped their cells and caused havok. Eventually players come to a stop in a large room and are given a minute to search the environment for a clue. When the minute is up, they are given a set of three options to choose from in order to escape. Choosing the wrong option will cause them to experience an unpleasent end.
The title is available to download for free now via the official Oculus VR Share Beta and is fully compatible with the Oculus Rift VR headset. It is currently only available on PC, with no word on possible versions for Mac or Linux. Though brief, this is an effective piece that serves as just a taster of what is possible when VR and horror collide. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with the latest updates and releases.