A new virtual reality adventure-puzzle game has arrived on Steam from Vertical Robot called Red Matter. The game was announced last year, back when people still cared about VR and before people began realize the bubble was about to burst. The game silently slid out onto the Steam store recently, where the game is available for purchase for $24.99 for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. During the first week of release the game can be picked up for 10% off the normal purchasing price for only $22.49.
Red Matter centers around an alternate history of the Cold War, one that is themed around a sci-fi plot. You take on the role of Agent Epsilon, who is an astronaut for the Atlantic Union. He’s dispatched to investigate an abandoned moon base on one of Saturn’s moons to find out what happened and why the Volgravian base on Rhea is no longer occupied.
You can check out the trailer below courtesy of UploadVR to get an idea of what the gameplay is like.
The game is themed around brutalist architecture mirrored after Soviet research stations and testing facilities. Regardless of the plot or gameplay, the visual look of the game is definitely different from most other VR titles out there, mostly because you can very readily see how the influences from far east European culture and architecture.
The actual gameplay, however, will allow players to interact with the environment and objects using in-game tools that mirror the Oculus Touch. You’ll touch, pry, pull, push, and activate objects using the disembodied hands that float around and interact with the environment at large.
The narrative structure seems to be paced very similar to games like Q.U.B.E. 2 or The Turing Test, where you’re mostly alone, observing and investigating the environment while gathering clues and completing puzzles.
The formulaic approach to most VR titles is cemented within the kind of design flow that has been rinsed and repeated for a lot of the newer games coming out for the Rift and the Vive. If you’re interested in these first-person, mystery-puzzle games that are available in abundance on VR HMDs, but with a touch of Soviet conspiracies and a sci-fi plot, you can check out Red Matter over on the Steam store page.