One of the great experiences in virtual reality, comes from simply exploring the digital environment that surrounds you. Developments, such as “Recept” or “Thunderbird,” puts the player in a surreal world, where the environment explores the usage of color, abstract three-D objects, puzzles and storytelling, letting the player forget all notions of physical reality. Now a two-man studio has taken up the task in diving deeper into surreal storytelling in virtual reality.
One Vision Games is an independent studio based out of Berlin, Germany, powered by Christoph Klein(Game Design/Art) and Tim Bachmann(Development/Business). Since VR interfaces provides developers a lot more range in what they can do, they knew they had to be apart of this revolutionary way of experiencing games.
This prompt them to start a Kickstarter campaign for their own surreal VR experience, titled ESSENCE. The campaign ended with 652 backers, pledging €22,249, which exceeded their initial goal of €15,000. So what is ESSENCE?
ESSENCE takes place on a mysterious and majestic world, with which you have no idea how you’ve gotten there. You cannot remember your past or purpose of living. In order for you to retrieve your lost memories, you must explore the unknown landscape and solve the anomalous puzzles hidden within ancient structures scattered across the world.
As stated on their website, “ESSENCE is a new cross over between an first person exploration and none violent adventure game with metroidvania elements, beautiful landscapes and interwoven open world areas.” Though the trailer showcases a linear approach to player exploration, the game is planned to be open-world, where the you can have the freedom to explore every corner of the environment.
As you continue to unlock the secrets hidden within the ancient structures, explore all places and gather information from different characters you’ll encounter, you will inch closer to a much grander conclusion. But you’ll have to wait until the game is released in October of this year, to find out what that maybe.
ESSENCE is planned to be available for HTC Vive, Oculus and PSVR. Though their Kickstarter campaign has ended, you can still show your support by either becoming a patreon or pre-ordering the game through the website. You can also connect with them on Twitter @ONEVISION_GAMES.