Joining the likes of nDreams’ The Assembly at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles, nautical horror title Narcosis is currently set to be demoed on the latest Oculus Rift prototype head-mounted display (HMD), Crescent Bay. Developed by Honor Code, Inc., Narcosis has progressed from a short demo into a full videogame title expected to launch in 2016.
Originally making it’s playable debut at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, in March 2014, Narcosis has undergone somewhat of a makeover. A richer experience has been presented since and is no set to be playable on Crescent Bay; Oculus VR’s prototype hardware that features more responsive head- and positional-tracking, a higher resolution screen and faster refresh rate than the previous model, known as DK2.
The demo build of Narcosis available at E3 this year will be the same as that which was offered at GDC 2015, however the transition to Unity 5 has resulted in a minor improvement in visual quality. Of course, the hope would be that the Crescent Bay also heightens the sense of underwater claustrophobia that Narcosis is championing.
The videogame is designed specifically for virtual reality (VR), aiming to make use of the added sense of presence that total immersion can offer. Honor Code, Inc. has previously discussed their intentions to deliver Narcosis to a wide audience, potentially looking at a PlayStation 4 version with Project Morpheus support, but no confirmation of this second edition has yet been received. VRFocus will be meeting with Honor Code, Inc. this week and will keep you updated with all the latest details on Narcosis.