Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) seems to be doing a good job in shipping its anticipated virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), PlayStation VR, out to developers of all shapes and sizes. As such, a number of indie studios have been able to announce projects that they plan to bring to the kit at some point in the future. One such title announced this week is VEV: Viva Ex Vivo from Truant Pixel, a developer known for making themes for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 that teased it was working with the HMD last year.
Announced over on the PlayStation Blog, VEV: Viva Ex Vivo is a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Set in a near future, players are cast as a microbiologist that’s covering for a partner on vacation. Their work includes researching biological samples with what’s described as a ‘nanoscale artificial organism’ named the ‘Virtual Eukaryote Visualizer’ (VEV) that’s sent into microscopic environments to explore. Here they will collect organic particles, and try to survive against ‘competing and predatory organisms’ they can also be found.
Ultimately the goal is to fill an energy meter, which will degrade as you explore. Environments come in two types named ‘in situ’ and ‘ex vivo’. The former refers to indigenous organisms from a native environment, while ex vivo concerns organic tissue taken from a larger organism. The developer also noted that, while the experience is intended to be ‘laid back’, it is by no means relaxing.
“We appreciate the chance to finally share our game with everyone. As a first-time effort for our tiny company (Really, it’s just the three of us!), it has been a truly educational experience,” the developer’s Souha Al-Samkari said. “We have other, larger projects in the works which we hope to bring you in the near future!”
Stay tuned to VRFocus for more on VEV: Viva Ex Vivo.