To date, Fast Travel Games has either created or helped create virtual reality (VR) titles which are colourful (Apex Construct), comedic (Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency) or light in nature (The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets). Its next project looks to be very different, stepping into the horror genre with Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife.
Only teasing hints about the videogame have been revealed so far, such as the trailer below. The story is set in the World of Darkness universe (Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse) inside Barclay mansion – which looks like it’ll be filled with horrors.
But you won’t be playing some hero trying to save the day or an unwitting victim looking for an escape. Instead, you’ll be playing from the perspective of an undead Wraith, however, this doesn’t mean your safe from the sounds of it.
The original Wraith: The Oblivion was a tabletop role playing game (RPG) created in 1994. As a ghost stuck in a grim realm players could then try to ascend into a better afterlife or succumb to the Oblivion (with plenty of complicated gameplay in between). It remains to be seen how closely the studio tries to stick to this.
“I am a massive fan of games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Alien: Isolation, and have always felt that the kind of narrative-driven, exploration-focused horror these titles deliver would be perfect for VR,” said Erik Odeldahl, Creative Director at Fast Travel Games in a statement.
Sean Greaney, Brand Manager for World of Darkness at Paradox Interactive added:
“We’re excited to be taking our first steps from the Skinlands toward Stygia in World of Darkness version 5 in such an innovative and appropriate medium.”
Currently, there’s no official release date but Fast Travel Games has said Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife will support ‘all major VR platforms’. As for actual gameplay, you’ll have to wait until August for a glimpse of the project, likely in time for the digital Gamescom Now event – which takes place between 27th -30th.
As and when further details arise for Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife, VRFocus will let you know.