Serellan’s Hotel Blind was recently updated with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift support. The Unreal Engine 4 game can now be experienced with a VR headset after the recent update that went live this week on September 13th.
According to the Steam page, it’s stated that in addition to the VR headset support, there’s now an in-game radio that players can turn on, with what I assume is 3D positional sound to help give players an idea of where they are.
Serellan founder Christian Allen commented in the press release, stating…
“Whenever I told people about Hotel Blind, they always asked me about VR. Some jokingly, some not.” […] “At some point I mentioned this to Epic, and they sent me a Vive, and then Oculus sent me a Rift, and now Razer is sending me an HDK for OSVR, so that should be up soon as well. The support from the industry for a non traditional game has been amazing. Nvidia even sent me a VR ready graphics card.”
The reason why he mentions that some people asked “jokingly” is because Hotel Blind is a game about being blind. You can’t see anything. The $1.99 title puts players in a room with a completely black screen. No lights, no images, no visual feedback other than some text that pops up after interacting with certain things within the hotel room.
The VR update focuses on positional sound and player movement to determine where they are. They also added new footsteps for when walking over the bathroom’s tile floor.
This probably sounds like a high-concept project, and destined to receive a lot of rave reviews for putting gamers in the role of someone with impaired vision, but the user reviews have not been kind.
The reality is that despite being in the Unreal Engine 4, the user reviews lament the lack of any kind of visual feedback whatsoever. In fact, some of them mention that the concept isn’t that bad but the execution is poor.
What’s most interesting is that following Steam’s new review layout, the score has actually gone from “Mostly Negative” due to key activations, to “Mixed”. Oddly enough, the people who actually paid $1.99 for the game seem to enjoy it more than the people who got it for free or from outside of Steam.
You can see what some of the gameplay footage looks like below courtesy of dollahashbrown. If you want to learn more about Hotel Blind, be sure to visit the Steam store page.