Back in September 2014 indie developer Coatsink Software confirmed that it was developing its first virtual reality (VR) title in Esper, a first-person puzzle experience for Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display. The developer is yet to reveal too much about the experience, although players will soon have the chance to play it themselves. The title will be on display at this weekend’s Play Expo in Manchester, UK.
Esper will be on display along with a wide range of indie titles at the show, which runs on both 11th and 12th October 2014. Players will be able to put on the Gear VR and have a shot at some of the title’s puzzles, which all take place within one test room. It joins the likes of Stealth Inc 2, Rogue Legacy and Olli Olli 2: Welcome to Olliwood in the event’s indie section. The Oculus Rift compatible Ghostship: Aftermath will also be on display.
Esper is set in an alternative 1975 in which players are cast as a citizen undergoing the ESPR government testing programme. Players solve a series of puzzles designed to train citizens in using telekinetic abilities. Puzzles becoming increasingly harder as the experience progresses and the room morphs and changes to accomodate new challenges. It’s not quite clear when the title will launch just yet.
VRFocus will continue to follow Esper‘s progress, reporting back with any further updates.