Zero gravity exploration title Downward Spiral: Horus Station got some attention at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) recently. Developers 3rd Eye Studios are following up on that with the release of a video showing extended gameplay footage.
Following on from Downward Spiral: Prologue, which is available on Steam, Downward Spiral: Horus Station lets players explore the eerie, abandoned interior of Horus Station in an attempt to restore the station and discover exactly why the crew vanished.
Since the station is damaged and abandoned, the artificial gravity is offline. This means players need to negotiate movement in zero gravity, learning how to grab hold of rails and push off at the right time to get to where they need to go.
Players will need to find useful tools such as rivet guns and arc welders and navigate around the station to find and repair areas of damage. However, the station is not entirely empty, and some of those handy tools will need to be turned towards combat if you wish to stay alive to solve the mystery.
There will be options for PvP or player-vs-environment (PvE) modes, and there will also be an option that lets players engage with the story without facing any combat.
Kevin Joyce of VRFocus previewed Downward Spiral: Horus Station at GDC and had this to say: “The player is continuously faced with a decision between preparation for combat or flexibility in movement, with holding the grapple gun removing the option to dual wield weapons. Finding a safe spot in which to rain down fire is rare and as such quick changes in tactics between shooting-and-moving are frequently the more fruitful tactic.”
Downward Spiral: Horus Station is due to be released sometime in Spring 2018 for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality. The extended gameplay video is available to view below. VRFocus will bring you further news on Downward Spiral: Horus Station as it becomes available.