Development studio VRWERX is gearing up to release its Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul VR game on the PlayStation VR. The developers finally revealed the official release date for the PSVR title, and it's coming a lot sooner than you think. How soon? Try August 15th on for size.
That news comes from IGN. The outlet is reporting that VRWERX has locked in a date after certification has taken place and that PlayStation 4 gamers can expect to get their hands on Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul.
So what is the game? It's a horror adventure title set within a woodsy neighborhood where you have to explore a seemingly abandoned home and discover the mystery that lies inside the house. Without fluffing up what the actual experience is, Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is basically a horror walking simulator. You'll use a flashlight and explore the house for clues, attempting to unravel the mystery while things go bump in the night.
The game has a sort of supernatural force lurking about, and while the game is based on the widely popular Paranormal Activity movie series, it's not actually based on any of the actual movies. It follows a completely original story, so there's no guarantee what the ending will be like based on you might think you know.
The developers note that there are no quick-time events, but survival is still key and this means you must run and hide from potential threats, much like the game Amnesia or cult-classics like Slenderman: The Arrival. A lot of it is an atmospheric build up and the tension from encountering the unknown.
One way the developers decided to keep gamers guessing was by including random moments of terror, which adds a bit of longevity and originality to the play experience.
At the moment, Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is in Early Access over on Steam for $39.99. A lot of VR titles are more expensive than standard games due to the cost of making them. Many of the games for the Oculus Rift have their development subsidized through the Oculus Studios publishing program, but other games that are multiplatform for the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, simply have higher than normal prices to compensate for the production costs.
The feedback for the Early Access version of the game is a bit of a mixed bag. Some item acquisition glitches, GPU crashes, and "clunky" gameplay mechanics have led some people in giving it a negative review. However, many of the technical performance problems can easily be resolved with a patch or two, and the developers are definitely working on those.
Others, however, have showered the game with praise for actually being scary. Many mention that the jump-scares and horror elements are very well done. There are some other complaints about movement-induced nausea due to the player movement, so hopefully, VRWERX can get that sorted. Capcom had a similar issue with players encountering motion sickness from the demo build of Resident Evil 7, but they managed to get it fixed right proper by the time it released.
You can look for Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul to receive a major Steam update and to become available on the PlayStation VR starting August 15th.