Tiny Bull Studios and Surprise Attack announced that Blind, an echolocation VR game steeped in drama and puzzles, is set to launch during the second quarter of 2018 for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR headset for the PS4.
The upcoming game is very similar to the other first-person puzzle game about a blind girl called Perception from The Deep End Games. Both titles deal with using echolocation as a means of traversal and visual cues, just the same as both games rely on flashback sequences in order to piece together the mystery.
Unlike Perception, Blind sets its story in motion upfront with a trailer that clearly explains that a mysterious man has captured the main character and forced her into a mansion where she deals with a temporary case of blindness. She uses a walking cane to help her navigate the house while players will use echolocation to “see” what’s really going on. You can check out the trailer below.
The theme of the game centers around the Warden goading the young woman through the house, where players will use sound waves to peruse the contents of the rooms, solve puzzles, and attempt to uncover the mysteries of the mansion.
Some gamers are saying that this is a rip-off of Perception, but the reality is that Blind has actually been in development since 2014, where it was borne out of a Game Jam set in Italy. The theme of the contest was based around “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are,”. Obviously this led the team to focus on creating a game themed around blindness and puzzle solving through echolocation mechanics.
The Turin, Italy developers then decided to turn the prototype into a full fledged game, and have been working on it since winning the Game Jam. However, unlike Perception, Tiny Bull Studios decided to focus their game on being a VR title for the PlayStation VR headset and the VR headsets on PC.
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