Developer Honor Code have announced the launch date of underwater virtual reality (VR) experience Narcosis for Oculus Store, Steam and Xbox One as well as revealing a new trailer.
Narcosis gameplay involves the player being trapped in a heavy, bulky deep-sea diving suit following an engineering disaster that has stranded them underwater. The player must carefully manage their oxygen as they explore the ruins of an underwater base and keep an eye out for the typical dangers you would expect from being underwater, such as hostile sea-life.
Honor Code are aiming for a tense, atmospheric experience, calling on elements from games such as Dead Space and Bioshock. A knife, flashlight and a few flares are all the player has to hand to help them survive the dangers around them, and Honor Code have implemented a system where if the player-character gets into high-stress situations, their oxygen intake increases and their perceptions begin to distort as the oxygen level begins to dip dangerously low.
Narcosis has no villain as such, the player is simply pitted against the environment, facing isolation and their own fears in a way only possible through the immersion of VR.
The release date has been confirmed as 28th March, 2017. A price point has not yet been established. The VR version will be compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. You can visit the Steam page for further details.
You can watch the Narcosis trailer below.
VRFocus will bring you further updates on Narcosis as they become available.