It’s been a while since virtual reality (VR) fans have heard from Private Eye, the anticipated first-person adventure experience for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Developer Jake Slack and his team released a short demo for the title towards the end of 2014, but, outside of an updated website, it hasn’t been seen since. That changes this week as the developer has revealed that he is working on a new version of Private Eye for the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD as part of Oculus VR’s ongoing 2015 Mobile VR Jam.
It’s not clear just how this mobile version of Private Eye will differ from the original version. Slack recently posted a short new video, as seen below, simply called ‘Diorama Test’. The clip showcases a miniaturised dining room, which the developer spins around. The developer has also posted what appears to be some concept art for the new version, also below, showcasing seven portraits of suspects along with the tagline ‘Choose a suspect. Choose interrogation. Choose your killer.’ The art also contains the branding ‘Private Eye – Case Files The Wooden Lady’. Could this possibly be a name for the new project?
The original Private Eye casts players as Detective Sam Sunderland, a victim in an accident that has left him paralysed in the lower half of his body as well as struggling with memory loss. Using the Oculus Rift, players help Sunderland to solve a series of murders from his apartment as he glances across the street outside, peering into the lives of his neighbours. As Sunderland’s memories come back to his, players will learn the back-stories and motives of the people that they observe. A release date for the title is yet to be revealed.
VRFocus will continue to follow Slack’s work with Private Eye, reporting back with any further updates on the project and all other Mobile VR Jam entrants.