Virtual reality (VR) horror titles can be particularly scary due to the sense of immersion and that feeling that you’re completely alone. In a couple of weeks developer Firesprite will launch its long awaited sci-fi horror The Persistence for PlayStation VR and it turns out that there will be a companion mobile app available, enabling friends to join in.
In The Persistence players find themselves on a procedurally generated ship with the crew turned into horrible monsters. 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 – but the ship changes. There’s a slim chance you could still escape, and take back your life.
So VR players will be able to enlist the help of four of their friends to succeed in the mission. All they need to do is download the free app for Android and iOS and then hack in to the ship’s engineering system – known as Solex Systems. Once connected, the non-VR players get powerful control over the game, including abilities to lure enemies, open doors, and disable traps. By helping, your friends can upgrade their Solex system to unlock even more powers, like the ability to freeze enemies to help you escape.
But friends can also turn and make life in The Persistence a lot harder. If they do so, sometimes your friends get big rewards if you die, and with the ability to spawn new enemies, make them attack, or even just turn out the lights.
The Persistence will be releasing digitally on 24th July as will the companion app, with a disc version arriving on 25th July. The videogame is available for pre-order now on the PlayStation Store for £24.99 GBP, with PS Plus Members receiving a 10 percent discount. For any further updates keep reading VRFocus.