The horror genre could well see a big resurgence with the arrival of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) next year. The sense of isolation that kits like the Oculus Rift provide can heighten scares and reach new levels of terror. Insomniac Games, the team behind upcoming horror title and Oculus Rift exclusive, Edge of Nowhere, is well aware of this. In fact, the videogame’s Creative Director Brian Allgeier is even ‘nervous’ about actually giving people heart attacks, taking steps to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Allgeier said as much in a recent interview with Game Informer, calling back to 2013’s celebrated horror mini-game, P.T.. “I played P.T. and I loved it, but it scared the hell out of me,” the developer noted. “I can’t imagine that in VR. I’m nervous about actually giving people heart attacks, I was nervous in P.T. that I might have a heart attack. But I think there’s a line to walk there, and you can go too far. We need to pay attention to that and figure it out. I think we need to be fair to the players, too, and not just try to completely terrify them. We are trying to scare them, we want the terror to feel real, but we don’t want to do too many cheap jump scares.”
Set in Antarctica, Edge of Nowhere is a third-person experience in which players are cast as Victor Howard. Taking place in 1932, Howard travels to the desolate continent in search of Captain Simon Edwards and his large crew of biologists, researchers and seamen, who have seemingly dropped off the radar. Most important among the disappeared is Ava Thorne, Howard’s love interest. He arrives a few weeks after the team was last heard from and quickly discovers the source of their troubles; an alien race. Howard himself will then journey through environments in search of the crew, surviving encounters with these creatures as he attempts to keep his sanity in-check.
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