It was thought that today would be all about the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) as it launches its pre-order campaign ahead of the full release on 5th April 2016. Microsoft seems to (perhaps unintentionally) be stealing the spotlight, however, with rumours that pre-orders for the Development Edition of its mixed reality (MR) HMD, HoloLens, will also be starting today for some $3,000 USD. Those rumours also suggest that Conker will return on the device and Project X-Ray has an official name. But it also sounds as if a third videogame will be revealed.
That videogame is Fragments, which was reportedly listed on the Windows Store, as seen on NeoGAF. Not only that, but Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda seems to make mention of the title in a blog post that make well be revealed later today, but was already detailed in part by Fortune with an article that’s since been removed. A cached version of the page, however, notes that Fragments is apparently an ‘augmented reality crime drama’ in which players search for clues and solve crimes in their own living rooms, talking to characters that appear on their sofas.
“As a holographic platform highlight, Fragments demonstrates how creators can build characters and storylines that drive a higher level of emotional engagement and attachment than you can with any other medium,” Tsunoda reportedly notes. “Fragments blends the line between the digital world and the real world more than any other experience we built. When your living room has been used as the set for a story, it generates memories for you of what digitally happened in your space like it was real. It is an experience that bridges the uncanny valley of your mind and delivers a new form of storytelling like never before.”
Hopefully, then, Fragments‘ validity can be confirmed later today. Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest on HoloLens.