With both Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) E3 and Gamescom 2014 press conferences being light on news for its Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display, you might think that its pre-Tokyo Game Show (TGS) conference would be news-free for the device. Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case; SCE took the time to reveal a brand new title for Project Morpheus, the first time it’s done so on a stage since its Game Developers Conference 2014 (GDC) reveal, and its coming from the creator of Tekken.
That title is Summer Lesson, from the mind of Katsuhiro Harada. Despite the connection to the famed fighting franchise, experience doesn’t appear to be a fighting-based videogame. Instead Summer Lesson is said to be a ‘communication’ title which, according to footage from the conference, stars a school girl. Take note, though, a logo for the experience captured by Siliconera describes it as a ‘VR Character Communication Demo’, suggesting that this might simply be another addition to the title’s long list of tech demos seen at industry events.
Little else is known about the title for now, though another screenshot shows a player using a Project Morpheus to either answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, which suggests the software will be used to show how the device could have players and characters interact. Summer Lesson is due to be at TGS for hands-on previews. The event kicks off on 18th September 2014.
It’s certainly exciting to see Japanese developers start to back Project Morpheus and VR, especially considering the seemingly unique nature of this title. The question still remains however as to if this will be a full release on PlayStation 4 and, if so, will it even see a launch in western territories? VRFocus will continue to follow Summer Lesson going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the title’s progress.