It’s been a while since the virtual reality (VR) community has heard from The Assembly, the first-person adventure title heading to the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on PC and Project Morpheus HMD on PlayStation 4. The videogame was announced at E3 2014 but, aside from a few appearances at VR meetups, hasn’t really been seen since. However the developer has recently assured VRFocus that the title is ‘very much alive and kicking’ and could potentially be making an appearance in the near future.
In an interview with VRFocus, nDreams Lead Designer Andreas Gschwari briefly spoke about the anticipated title. Note that the interview was conducted in late 2014. “The Assembly is very much alive and kicking,” Gschwari stated. “We’re currently working on it still. I think there will be more announcements to come early next year. One of the things for us obviously is that there is no Oculus Rift consumer headset out there and the Morpheus hasn’t come out yet so it’s very hard for us.
“We’re a smaller studio, we have limited budget, so we can’t compete with massive marketing campaigns that run for years at a time. So we have to kind of pick our battles basically on when to pitch stuff to the public. I reckon there will be some good stuff coming out for our fans early next year.”
The Assembly is a narrative-driven adventure in which players assume the roles of both Madeleine Stone and Joel Pearson. These two characters are members of the titular organisation and will explore its underground headquarters. Throughout the experience there will be puzzles designed with VR in mind as well as tough moral choices. The Assembly itself is a mysterious organisation consisting of scientists, academics and engineers set up to advance science without the interference from the law or society
VRFocus will continue to follow The Assembly closely, reporting back with any further updates on the title.