Posted January 04, 2020 15:37:30With a $70 million budget, Tenement Games is set to unleash a VR shooter on PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift, and it’s already taking flak for the marketing and marketing plan.
“We were in a bad spot because we had a lot of hype around the VR, but at the same time we were also trying to push a game to a VR platform,” said Tenement CEO Rishi Kapoor, speaking to Digital Trends at Gamescom.
“So we had to make a decision.”
A game with a “vibrant experience” in VR, it turns out, is actually pretty hard to pull off.
But Kapoor has been able to overcome that hurdle by launching a first-person action game called Tenement: The Return.
Its premise is similar to that of the recently released PlayStation VR title Tenement VR: The Rift Saga.
Tenement is set in a house in London, where you play as a young girl living in a dilapidated house with her father and sister, and a new, mysterious figure called “The Return”.
In Tenement, you play a teenage girl, but instead of being a girl, she’s a ghost.
It’s a “mixed reality” experience where you’re not a real girl, just a ghost that comes to life in VR.
This makes Tenement different from other games that rely on traditional storytelling or traditional gameplay.
Kapoor says it’s an approach that he thinks can help developers understand what makes the VR experience unique.
“I think that’s a big part of VR, to understand how the experience is going to be different, and what’s going to make the experience special, and why it works,” he said.
“In VR, what you see in a VR game is usually a mix of a number of things.
You can play with the camera or the environment, or you can use your hands, and then also the audio.
In VR, that’s not the case.”
In Tenements VR, the ghost is a kind of virtual reality version of the character’s own personality.
Kapur said this idea is something the developers had been considering for some time.
“It’s a little bit different from most other games, because there’s no real character and no real experience, but I think that when you get to the end of the story, it becomes that,” he added.
Tenement: A Return is currently in development for PlayStation VR.
It is currently playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile.
“The gameplay and the visuals are just amazing,” said Kapoor.
“There’s a lot more than just a gameplay mechanic, but it’s really the story that’s the core of Tenement.”