Zero-gravity sci-fi thriller Downward Spiral: Horus Station has been waiting in the wings for a while now, and developers 3rd Eye Studios thinks that the title is almost ready to make its debut, as they have revealed that it will be appearing on virtual reality (VR) headsets by the end of May, 2018.
The story of Downward Spiral: Horus Station concerns a space vessel which is adrift, having been mysteriously abandoned by its crew. Boarding to investigate, the player must discover the truth about Horus Station.
Of course, not everything is as it seems, and solving the mystery will take wits and cleverness as dangers lurk in the creepy abandoned rooms and corridors. Protecting yourself involves repurposing the ship’s maintenance hardware, so things like bolt throwers and arc welders can be modified into dangerous weapons.
The development team have previously said that they are keen on the idea of environmental storytelling. The storyline of Downward Spiral: Horus Station isn’t revealed through the traditional route of dialogue and cutscenes. Instead, players will need to piece together clues gathered from observation and interpretation.
Realising that players enjoy playing videogames in all kinds of different ways, the team at 3rd Eye Studios have added in multiple gameplay options. Players can indulge in the full immersion of VR and motion control, play entirely in single-player or bring a friend for co-op, and there is even an option that removes combat from the gameplay for a more relaxed style of play.
“Downward Spiral: Horus Station represents our dream of how immersion, interactivity, and storytelling can combine into a cohesive whole,” said Gregory Louden, Lead Designer of 3rd Eye Studios. “We’d like to combine the thought-provoking mysteries of sci-fi classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris and combine it with the moody, immersive and interactive atmosphere.”
Downward Spiral: Horus Station will be coming to PC on 31st May, 2018, compatible with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality devices and priced at £14.99 (GBP), €14.99 (EUR) & $19.99 (USD). A PlayStation VR release will follow in Summer 2018. VRFocus will continue to keep you informed on the latest news.