In February, Hammerhead VR launched virtual reality (VR) horror title Syren for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Today the studio has announced the first DLC for the videogame, continuing the story from the first release with Syren Episode 2.
In this second installment of Syren players take on the role of a CIA agent sent into the underwater station to find out why there has been loss of contact with the secondary science team and Navy Seals, who were previously sent in to investigate. The DLC moves away from the stealth and survival gameplay of the first, becoming a more action packed free-roaming shooter, with players now exploring the structure with an array of weapons at their disposal as they learn the CIA is less interested in the experiments but more the mysterious ‘Anomaly’ that sits at the heart of the ruins.
Syren tells the story of a scientist obsessed with eugenics who builds an underwater research facility named Darwin Station, investigating an ancient lost city beneath the ocean. This lab has been conducting horrific experiments in an attempt to recreate the lost species of ‘Syrens’ – the legendary inhabitants of the civilisation that once existed in the ruins below. But now, the experiments have gotten loose.
VRFocus reviewed the original title, giving it 4-stars, saying: “Despite some of its flaws on the whole Syren works very well, but because of this there’s not enough. Most players will find the experience too short, easily completed within a couple of hours.” With this additional DLC release Hammerhead VR is likely addressing some of the issues relating to the first release.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Hammerhead VR and Syren, reporting back with any further updates.