Horror titles in virtual reality (VR) are terrifying enough when you can see where you are going, VR puzzle-thriller Blind ramps things up by taking away your ability to see and forcing you to navigate using echolocation. Players will soon be able to get the experience for themselves with the announcement of the release date for Blind.
Blind will be heading to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR on 18th September, with a physical release to follow shortly after.
The title was developed by Tiny Bull Studios and Fellow Traveller, and puts players in the midst of an eerie mansion, a twisted place full of mystery, where players must navigate using echo location to reveal outlines of objects.
Players take on the role of a young women who awakes alone in a strange room, confronted with the realisation that she has lost her sense of sight. Using echolocation, players need to solve various puzzles in order to reveal the mystery of the mansion and the secrets that the player character is carrying.
“Most VR titles use the medium to flood players’ senses, but we wanted to do something special and restrict the senses in a way,” says Matteo Lana, CEO of Tiny Bull Studios. “But even as Blind inhibits our standard perception of sight, the echolocation mechanic and fully-encompassing environment engage the player and enhance the puzzle gameplay in a way that only VR can.”
Blind will be available digitally for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and OSVR from 18th September, priced at $24.99 (USD). A physical retail release is also being published by Perp Games, which will be available in EU territories from 28th September, with a North American release date to follow.