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Supermassive Games recently announced a new release schedule for its upcoming games, including the PlayStation VR horror title, The Inpatient. The game was originally announced during this past year's E3 at the Sony press conference, but now the game is being pushed back a little further than expected.
The Inpatient is a psychological horror game, taking a step away from the traditional first-person shooters that usually occupy the VR space. Players will be trapped in a mental ward back during the 1950s at a place known as the Blackwood Sanatorium. We didn't get to see much of the game but we do learn that it's set within the same universe as Until Dawn, which came out in 2016 for the PS4.
In Supermassive's original Until Dawn the game was a multi-choice, story-driven, QTE horror game. It wasn't too dissimilar to the Telltale Walking Dead games, but it was definitely more story-oriented than it was gameplay centric. While both The Inpatient and Until Dawn may be set within the same universe, it looks like the newest game will revolve more around exploration and take advantage of the VR aspects as opposed to just watching things unfold like in Until Dawn or Supermassive's other recent title, Hidden Agenda.
In the oh-so-brief trailers we see a lot of hallways and hospital corridors, giving the impression that players will be able to walk around freely and explore the hospital.
Beyond that we don't really know what the game entails or how it will play out. Horror VR titles have been slow on the uptick for the PSVR headset, but the few that have been made available have been popular enough. Capcom's Resident Evil 7 is probably the most popular horror game on VR headsets so far, and managed to garner both positive sales and critical feedback during its launch earlier this year. I'm sure Supermassive Games is hoping to achieve a similar measure of success with The Inpatient when it launches in early 2018.
Whether the game does well or not on the market will also determine what sort of momentum Supermassive will have leading up to the March, 2018 release of its other VR title, Bravo Team. The first-person military shooter is another PlayStation VR exclusive that will offer gamers something more fast-paced and high-octane compared to The Inpatient.
The delay for the game was probably for the best, though. This holiday season has been jam packed with lots of AAA releases, with games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Destiny 2 getting the momentum going early, followed up by huge releases like The Evil Within 2, Wolfenstine 2: The New Colossus and Call of Duty: WWII _rounding out the big push for blockbuster games that would mean a more low-key title like _The Inpatient would get lost in the shuffle. But, with a fresh start in January of next year, PSVR gamers will be a lot less likely to forget about the game.