Virtual reality (VR) fans may remember Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2014 for Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) controversial unveiling of Summer Lesson, a new demo for the Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) on PlayStation 4. Following its reveal the demo from Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada quickly came under fire for its content in which players interacted with a school girl, seemingly trying to place her in provocative positions. The demo’s intended showing on the TGS show floor was soon cancelled. It may not have proved popular, then, but Harada still thinks highly of Project Morpheus itself.
The developer revealed as much in a recent interview with 4Gamer, which has been translated by Siliconera. Speaking about Project Morpheus, Harada revealed that he had been interested in the technology for a long time and was one of the first to volunteer to work with the device. “I’ve personally been interested in head-mounted displays since about three years ago, and started researching them about two years ago,” Harada said. “So when Morpheus was announced to the industry, I was the first one to raise my hand and begin working on it within our company.”
The developer went on to reveal that he had initially struggled to raise interest in Summer Lesson within the company as he showed it off on a standard screen. He later found that sharing the title with people through Project Morpheus itself had begun to raise interest. During the demo’s reveal, Harada can be seen wearing a Idolm@ster shirt, which he claims to have worn to try and raise curiosity in the title and eventually spread news about it through Twitter after trying it out on the TGS showfloor.
Obviously this didn’t quite go to plan. Summer Lesson‘s current status is unknown, though it has been suggested that the title isn’t completely cancelled and SCE could show it off at a later date. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all vidoegames for Project Morpheus, reporting back with all the latest updates.