Before Cloudhead Games took the virtual reality (VR) industry by storm with rhythm-action title Pistol Whip the team had already made a name for itself with puzzle adventure series The Gallery. In a recent AMA over on Reddit, it seems fans of the franchise will have to be patient for the third episode as the team wait for the market to grow.
While most of the questions during the AMA did revolve around Pistol Whip and its newly released cinematic campaign Pistol Whip 2089, naturally The Gallery had to come up. It’s been over two years since the team made any mention of the series, with The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed released in 2016 for the arrival of HTC Vive whilst The Gallery – Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone arrived a year later. Both titles were well received at the time.
However, the team is now firmly focused on Pistol Whip, with some major advancements in both the industry and VR technology required before the studio with consider a third episode.
“The Gallery holds a really special place in our hearts and of course we would love to return to it at some point–but we really do need the market to be bigger first. The way I see it, the next time there’s a massive innovation in VR, the same way roomscale and handtracking reinvented the medium, EP3 would make the perfect candidate as a “next-gen experience”,” Cloudhead Games writer & designer Antony Stevens responded. “That said, as the Quest lineup gets more powerful, maybe there’s a chance for a Quest version as well. Nothing official is in the works, but it’s still my dream to return to the series in some way.”
“I know there’s a bunch of us in the studio that would love to close out the trilogy, but we really want it to be grand,” Stevens continued. “If VR tips over and mainstream adoption becomes sustainable for big games like The Gallery, I think an EP3 could be on the table for the future.”
So, for now, you’ll have to entertain yourself with Pistol Whip 2089 which is no bad thing. If and when Cloudhead Games does announce The Gallery – Episode 3, VRFocus will let you know.