If there’s one thing virtual reality (VR) headsets aren’t short of its horror videogames. The immersive qualities of the technology enable developers to make far more intensely frightening titles, whether through jump scares or psychological themes. Today Hammerhead VR, a UK-based studio who’s previous work includes cinematic short ABE VR and Thunderhead, has released a full length trailer for its next project Syren.
Set in an underwater research facility reminiscent of 80’s thriller The Abyss, the story revolves around a eugenics obsessed scientist attempting to recreate a lost species called ‘Syrens’, a civilisation that bears similarities to mermaids of folklore. The facility is located directly on top of their ancient city and naturally things don’t go according to plan.
Players awaken in the lab, but its in chaos. Creatures flit around the dark foreboding corridors as the station creaks under the pressure of the ocean above. The facility’s reactor is due to go critical at any moment, and players have a limited time to evacuate before they’re claimed by the deep dark ocean.
Part stealth and part survival, to survive Syren puzzles must be solved to progress all the while keeping an eye out for the deadly creatures that have been brought back to life.
Created using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, Syren will support Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Checkout the trailer below to see what horrors await, and when Hammerhead VR releases further details, VRFocus will let you know.