Developer Artifact 5 released the first in-depth gameplay video for the upcoming Anamorphine for the PlayStation VR, which is due for release on January 16th, 2018 next year. The video is accompanied by commentary from producer Samantha Cook, who explains what you’ll be doing in the game.
The game centers around a dialogue-free experience told through reliving memories from the guilt-ridden Tyler, as he succumbs to mental illness after his wife is involved in an accident that renders her unable to continue her career as a cellist, which not only puts her into a deep depression but also affects their livelihood. It’s not sounding too cheery right now, eh?
Well, you can see how Anamorhine plays out with the developer commentary video below.
The video starts inside a super cluttered apartment. In each of the scenes Tyler will have to interact with certain objects in order to put together or complete certain memory puzzles that will allow him to move on into the next memory.
We see how the game transitions from recognizable environments like a moving truck and an apartment, to surreal dreamscapes.
The video skims through various scenes rather quickly, moving from the real to the surreal with technical aplomb. It’s not hard to see that this is definitely more walking sim than interactive adventure sim.
The only time some element of actual gameplay rears its head is when Tyler sees a collection of bottles representing his addiction to alcohol form up around his TV and takes a ride around his David Cronenberg-esque bicycle with the deformed faces on the seat. I’m sure someone found a new fetish in that sequence.
If you’re into surrealistic walking sims, then Anamorphine will easily sate that thirst, assuming your library is starved of VR walking sims.
The game is due out next year in the middle of January for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and the PlayStation VR headset.
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