Tips for Surviving The Persistence, Coming to PS VR Tomorrow

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Tips for Surviving The Persistence, Coming to PS VR Tomorrow

Stay alive a little longer in this PS VR horror roguelike, coming to PlayStation Store tomorrow.

Hi there everyone! I’m here to help you stay alive during your time playing The Persistence. In case you missed our previous blog post, The Persistence is a brutal VR sci-fi stealth-horror roguelike, and it’s coming exclusively to PS VR tomorrow.

You are Chief Security Officer Zimri Eder, one of the last surviving members of the crew. Your job is to save The Persistence, and yourself in the process. Saving your ship from being torn apart by a black hole is no small task. You are likely to die — a lot — so here’s some insider information to help you out.

Upgrade Your Stuff

You can upgrade a lot of things in The Persistence and, as the name suggests, all your upgrades and currency stay with you, you know. Persistently… okay, I’ll stop now.

Your first priority should always be upgrading your health, so grab as many Stem Cells as you can and visit the DNA Sequencer. You’ll find it in Recovery each time you print a new clone (i.e. respawn).

Once you’ve upgraded your health once or twice, you should start looking at upgrading Dark Matter, which is the stat that allows you to teleport and use Supersense. If you play like I do, these will be used regularly through both combat and stealth to give you an edge over some of the harder enemies.

If you’re feeling brave, locate a Supply Crate in a challenge room, as they contain some of the best loot in the game and can help propel you much more quickly to the higher levels.

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Lock and Load

As soon as you are on deck, head to a Firearms Fabricator, and unlock The Needle. On the earlier Decks The Needle is a great weapon to get used to the head-controlled aiming. All firearms give double damage for headshots, so try to stay cool under pressure when taking your shots.

Then you should move on to unlocking all the other weapons, and experiment with them to find your favorites. You’ll also get yourself a trophy once you’ve got them all!

At later levels, you will find that some of the early game firearms just won’t cut it anymore, and you’ll have to transition into more powerful experimental and melee weapons. One of my favorite strategies is upgrading my melee damage stats, unlocking Joe Wilson (a clone with melee damage bonuses), and wading through enemies with a fully upgraded riot baton, which is basically the love child of a club and a taser!

Fight on Your Terms

The Persistence is tough and, in your roughly eight-hour playthrough, you will come up against some serious challenges. The trick is to take regular stock of your equipment and allow that to determine how you handle encounters.

If you have limited resources, then start an area slowly with a stealthy approach. If you’re well equipped, you may want to focus on making your way to Supply Crates, or just head straight to your objective. This is particularly important when it comes to utilizing Armory Fabricators which need to recharge after use, so choose your weapons wisely.

The important thing is to remain adaptable, spread the risk and try to unlock multiple weapons so that you can fight multiple threats in one fight.

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Friends Can Be ‘Helpful’

If you’re struggling (or lonely) you can enlist friends to give you a hand using the companion Solex app for your smartphone. But you’ll need to find someone who can resist the temptation of making your game harder!

Good verbal communication with your Solex app partner is key, as they can help you find health packs when you are near death and drop weapons when you’re starting to run dry.

One of the best places to enlist your friend’s help is in the stealth phases of the game: your friend can tag enemies so that you can see them through the walls, or drop distractors so that enemies turn their backs to you, leaving them exposed for Stem Cell harvesting.

If you do ever suspect your friend of foul play, make your way to a Solex screen on the ship and upload a virus to freeze the app!

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Optimize Your Playthroughs

Like I said before, you will die. A lot. But this is your opportunity to come back stronger, and optimize your future runs. Getting a Loot Suit, and combining it with specialist clones such as Serena, will give you huge boosts to each loot drop, especially on lower decks.

A few optimized runs will give you enough resources for high-level upgrades or to unlock epic-level schematics. If you have one, I recommend fabricating an epic forcefield, which will keep you alive when battling high level Weepers and Berserkers.

My final tip is that you can optimize your runs by finding Deck Modules. These will allow you to teleport straight from Recovery to the lower decks. They are tough to get, as they’re only found in Supply Crates. You will see Supply Crates marked on the map, but each has a challenge you must complete before you can get them open!


If you follow this insider information, you’ll stand a great chance of surviving The Persistence, which is available July 25 in stores, and to download from PlayStation Store tomorrow.

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  • I really liked the demo, and am definitely planning on picking this game up. I am pretty confused about a few things though. In the demo, was I the DNA Sequencer? I never figured out what to do with all those stem cells I was collecting. I also don’t remember seeing anything about upgrading Dark Matter or clones in the demo, so I am not sure what that part is all about.

    Another thing I was wondering, it looks like there are several objectives, and the demo was just the first? If that is the case and you die after completing some of your objectives, do you start your next run on the current objective, or start way back at the beginning of the first objective? Not too sure about how I would feel being 7 hours in, dying once, and having to start all over at the beginning.

    Still, I really enjoyed the demo, and want to support devs making high quality PSVR games, so I will definitely plan on picking this up. Good luck with the launch!

    • Thanks for all your support Patsrule0316, can’t wait for you to play it!

      The current demo build on the Playstation store was from a much older build of the game, so we allowed you to collect stem cells, but you weren’t able to spend them anywhere. In the full game release, Stem cells are for upgrading your base stats (Health, Dark matter, stealth and melee damage) and the stem cell sequencer is where you do that, in ‘Recovery’.

      There are 5 main objectives in total, and the objective in the demo (The DDS Generator) is now an additional side mission available on each deck! Each of the objectives progress is picked up where you left off, so if you manage to complete an objective then you can move straight onto the next mission if you die. You don’t have to start all over again from the start!

    • Awesome! It sounds like the full game will be a lot deeper than the demo. Thanks for answering my questions, and thanks to Sid for putting the hard sell on this game, too. That was how I first became aware of it.

  • Designing the slow movement speed in the demo was a great way to avoid motion sickness in potential players. For those of us who are comfortable with full locomotion, will the final version have faster movement speed options? Thanks again for the demo.

    • Hey four24twenty! Thanks for playing the demo!

      Pretty much all of the comfort options are accessible in game, so you can add or remove as many comfort settings as you want! That includes rotation speed, acceleration, vignettes etc

      Movement speed itself is a stat that can be upgraded by purchasing, equipping and upgrading Sneak suits. Getting the top-level sneak suits can give you a massive buff to movement speed and help you run circles around some of the slower enemies!

      If you’re like me, and want to get around faster, you can also upgrade yourself and equipment to reduce the cost of teleporting and increase your dark matter. So, I can basically use the teleport to sprint around the game super quickly!

  • Hey guys. How do you access the co-op mode in game?

    • Hey Sindred!

      You’ll need an Android or IOS device and to download The Persistence app. Once you download this and are connected to the same local router as your PS4 you’ll be able to: launch the app, connect to the PS4 game and play Co-op mode!

  • Sid Shuman

    I would just like to say, I am super excited for this to launch :)

  • If anyone is still reading this thread, I have to say, I picked up this game today. I really enjoyed the demo, but the actual game is actually way better and deeper than the demo would lead you to believe. The shield works different, the stem cell collector only works for sneak attacks. There is more story going on than the demo would make you think, and the atmosphere is far scarier than the demo. This really feels like a full fledged experience, and I think this will pass Resident Evil 7 as the best VR experience (no coincidence that both are full game horror experiences, which are probably the best use of VR) I am really, really impressed with this game. Kudos to Firesprite on making a game that might turn out to be in my contention for my game of the year, even in a year with God of War, Spider Man, and Monster Hunter World. Might not beat those three out, but is in a heck of a company right there. Still early, but my initial impression is a solid A.

    • Thanks very much for your kind comment Patsrule0316!

      We’ve worked really hard to listen to the demo feedback and improve the gameplay experience and its really good to hear that the hard work has paid off!

      I’ll pass your comment onto the rest of the team! I know they’ll really appreciate it :D

  • I have a question about something in the game. I have found bodies locked behind force fields and can’t figure out how to get to them. They look like the ones I need to get samples from to use in the clone printer. I have not beaten the game yet, will these open after that? Love the game by the way! Super addictive!

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