Back in January VRFocus reported on developer Firesprite announcing that its virtual reality (VR) horror title The Persistence would be arriving next month for PlayStation VR. For those who prefer a physical copy the studio has confirmed one will be available the day after the digital version.
The Persistence is a roguelike horror experience with procedurally generated levels, set in a sci-fi universe where the crew of a spaceship have all mutated into nasty creatures thanks to the ship’s AI trying to save them.
You play as a clone of Zimri Eder, the security officer, and every time you die, you print a new (and potentially improved) clone of yourself. There’s a slim chance you could still escape, and take back your life, but to do that you need to survive the horrors onboard and repair the ship’s devastated systems in the process.
Like any good horror, Firesprite has concocted some devilish enemies to try and stop you. From The Listener who has a partially formed head, meaning he’s completely blind but super sensitive to noise and movement. Or how about the Bloodhound who never stops following you. Wherever you hide he will keep following and eventually find you. The only saving grace is that it ambles very slowly.
Of course you’re not helpless or defenceless in The Persistence, with a sizable arsenal at your disposal. From standard weaponry to items a little more exotic like the Grav Hook which can lift mutants up in the air and send them crashing through objects, or the close range Ivy Serum which will convert even the most fearsome mutants into your guardian.
Then there are the upgrade options found at the Firearms Fabricator and Armoury Fabricator. Not only do you unlock new items at these locations they’ll help you refine your skills, depending on whether you prefer stealth, teleportation or silent killing.
The Persistence is an exclusive PlayStation VR title which is due to arrive on 24th July via PlayStation Store. The physical version will launch on 25th July. VRFocus will continue its coverage of The Persistence, reporting back with the latest updates ahead of release.