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PS VR’s Next Horror Gem: The Persistence

Resident Evil 7 leave you breathless? Keep your eyes on this upcoming PlayStation VR stealth-horror title.

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Surprise! Liverpool-based developer Firesprite is cooking up a disturbing first-person horror experience, and it’s coming to PlayStation VR.

The setup is simple but fun. You’ll play onboard The Persistence, a research vessel sent to study a collapsing star. When an experiment triggers a catastrophic failure, the ship’s computer attempts to save the day by reconstructing the deceased crewmembers. Unfortunately, it also introduces hideous errors in the process, transforming them into gibbering mutants. Oops!

Playing as a crewmember awoken from cryosleep, you’ll navigate the doomed ship, try to get the engines back online, and escape the ravenous clutches of the nearby black hole.

The ship itself is procedurally generated, so each time you die, you’ll awaken as a new character facing a new ship layout, different threats, and new opportunities. And die you will — death is an integral part of the gameplay loop.

As you play, you’ll collect stem cells you’ll use to enhance your character after death. Benefits like increased speed, health, and stealth that will help you stay alive long enough to complete the game.

As for weapons, your trusty sidearm is the Stem Cell Harvester, which syphons precious cells from enemies, with fatal results. The Gravity Bomb drops a miniature black hole to devour nearby mutants, while a Rage Serum injector grants you temporary super-strength for hand-to-hand pummeling. There are more conventional firearms, too, including a pistol that fires dark-energy-infused rounds.

I enjoyed my time with the game. Its techno-horror atmosphere gave me flashbacks to System Shock 2, and its roguelike qualities should give it some serious longevity. I also liked how the developers introduce systems to better accommodate VR play, such as a teleport maneuver you can use to close the gap on helpless enemies.

I also got a peek at a smartphone companion app that could make the game a party hit. Nearby players can log in to the ship’s computer to view the level layout and identify upcoming threats or items. Help or hinder? The choice will be yours.

No details yet on a release date, but The Persistence is heading to PS VR and it’s definitely on my radar.

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selfdeztruction said:

March 10th, 8:45 am

I was already won over within the first paragraph but the phone interaction is amazing and I’ll definitely day one this!

Inhert said:

March 10th, 9:20 am

I wish there was a way to play those games without VR, like RE7.

    DuoMaxwell007 said:

    March 10th, 11:05 am

    Quit whining and get one then. You dont see ppl saying things like “I wish there was a way to play Halo, without an Xbox” You wanna play Halo? Get an Xbox you wanna play a VR game get PSVR simple as that.

DuoMaxwell007 said:

March 10th, 11:05 am

But anyway yeah Im always up for ANY horror game made in VR

    jensid said:

    March 11th, 12:42 pm

    Yes, I feel the same. Horror games are excellent in VR

JJonez1011 said:

March 10th, 1:05 pm

Hell yes.

Tatanka2007 said:

March 12th, 6:40 pm

Definitely one to keep an eye out for as it progresses. The design is certainly very intriguing, but how they execute it is the big unknown. Anyway, I hope for the very best ‘cos who doesn’t want a good horror VR experience. If it is fun, the procedural gen layout could really add to the replay value, something a lot of current VR titles simply lack. For example, once you finish Batman, it’s becomes a show-off title to your friends and not much else. The Persistence has the potential to be a VR title with high replayability…especially when it is mentioned with a classic like System Shock 2.

Kiros15 said:

April 5th, 6:47 am

looks promising

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