Blue Isle Studios, the makers of Slender: The Arrival, announced their new game, Valley. It's set to arrive on Steam, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One this summer. The game is a first-person adventure title where players commandeer a L.E.A.F. Suit that allows them to run fast, traverse through rocky terrain... and even control life and death.
PC Gamer did a write-up on the details of the new game from Blue Isle, who previously worked on Slender: The Arrival, the smash hit crowd-funded title that came out during the big Kickstarter boon.
Valley is very much not like Slender. Why? Because instead of slowly investigating remote and eerie locations while dodging the Slenderman, players are put into the aforementioned L.E.A.F. Suit, also known as a Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality Suit. The device allows the player-character to traverse the environment quickly and easily with super speed and super agility while they explore beautiful locations, interact with various species and uncover the mystery behind the secret valley.
The life and death factor come into play as players are able to kill things (or some things will automatically die in the environment if the player dies) and they are able to revive things. They don't really explain how the valley dies around the player if they die, but they do showcase the L.E.A.F. Suit in action as well as how to revive animals and plant life in the environment with the gameplay trailer below.
Over on the Steam page the description reveals that players can upgrade their suit with new and enhanced powers, something we briefly see in the trailer above where the main character is able to leap great distances and run at almost blinding speeds. If the game is an open-world adventure title it will be pretty cool to just run around and jump over things. They don't specifically say if it's open-world or if there are sandbox style levels like The Talos Principle or Hitman.
One of the things they do mention on the Steam page is that there will be dangers for players to face off against... mysterious enemies and creatures that players will likely be able to kill or revive as they see fit.
The trailer for the game gives off a sort of BioShock meets Crysis vibe as far as the story elements are concerned. The only major difference is that you don't seem to get the cool weaponry from either game.
They don't mention it on the store page, but Valley seems like a cool title with some interesting concepts that would be perfectly suited for virtual reality play. Given how much Oculus and Sony have been pushing the VR bubble, I wouldn't doubt it if we see support for the Rift, PS VR and Vive arrive for Valley either before launch or shortly after launch.
Hopefully Blue Isle will take some time to further explain that whole life and death mechanic in Valley ahead of its release, because that seems like a really cool feature. As mentioned at the top of the article, you can look for this first-person adventure title to arrive on home consoles and PC this summer.