A little while ago Ubisoft held its pre-E3 2017 press conference. While it was light on virtual reality (VR) announcements – considering the studio’s support has been good thus far – it wasn’t absent, with the company announcing Transference being made in collaboration with Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision. Now the title has appeared on Steam, and along with it further details on the project.
Transference is a psychological, story-driven, thriller that aims to blur the lines between movies and videogames, where players delve into the destructive tale of a man’s obsession as they explore his digitally recreated memories.
The title features a multi-branching narrative, with actions that focused on a family that: “Affect their lives from the unique perspectives of each family member as you piece together the mystery. The choices you make, from every angle, ripple through time and space. Learn their story and make your own decisions about how they will live on,” states the description.
“The game is a thrilling mixture of both our experience in story-telling and Ubisoft’s unparalleled skill at crafting deeply immersive worlds,” said Elijah Wood, Creative Director, SpectreVision in a statement. “We jumped at the chance of working in VR with Ubisoft and we believe we have a beautiful and haunting game that will really resonate with players, even after they’ve taken off their headset.”
“The opportunity to work with SpectreVision to create a game with rich characters and an intimate yet multibranching narrative was impossible to pass up,” said Caroline Martin, Executive Director, FunHouse, Ubisoft Montreal. “Transference gave us the unique opportunity to create an incredibly immersive game with full interactivity, touch controls and an engrossing narrative that players will unravel. We strive to push the boundaries of VR games and can’t wait for players to get hands on with Transference.”
Ubisoft released a quick Q&A with the team. On the subject of gameplay mechanics they said: “The mechanics of Transference will feel approachable to those who love narrative based games with puzzles; you are free to explore, discover and interact with objects. At first glance, the interactivity may seem simple, but what makes it unique is the ability to change the perspective of the world and influence events through time and space.”
Transference is due for release on Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and HTC Vive in Spring 2018, for further updates on the experience, keep reading VRFocus.