There are some exciting virtual reality (VR) videogames due for release in 2021 and another has just been added to that list, Wanderer. A puzzle filled, time-travelling adventure, its the work of New Zealand-based studios M Theory and Oddboy, the first trailer has arrived today showcasing what looks to be an ambitious project slated for Q3 this year.
Inspired by TV shows including Quantum Leap and Dark, Wanderer takes players on a journey to save mankind by heading to key points in history. You’ll take on the role of Asher Neumann, starting in an alternate, apocalyptic timeline searching for your grandfather’s lost apartment, finding several mysterious artifacts including an unusual wristwatch which makes time travelling possible.
Sequences revealed by the studios so far include taking to the stage in 1969 for an epic musical performance, uncovering traitors and cracking codes during WWII; helping inventor Nikola Tesla prepare his machinery, and stepping onto the moon. The gameplay is described as: “a unique blend of escape room style puzzles and hands-on action sequences that will see you bring together objects and events from various time periods in sometimes unlikely and inventive ways.”
Designed specifically for VR physics-based interactions such as drumming on stage, the PlayStation VR version will feature full PlayStation Move support. It’s already looking like quite the feat considering this in both studios first VR project.
“While Wanderer is an ambitious effort in delivering a feature-length game for VR, our team is confident the graphics, gameplay and story will offer an exciting prospect for VR gamers,” notes M Theory and Oddboy in a statement.
Wanderer is going to be a three-part series, with M Theory and Oddboy partnering with Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on the first instalment. But it’s not a PlayStation VR exclusive, the studios have already confirmed that SteamVR and Oculus platforms will be supported. For now, feast your eyes on the trailer and as further updates are released, VRFocus will keep you updated.