Revelations at Chinese event lift the lid on thriving Asian PS VR development scene
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At the ChinaJoy Expo in Shanghai, four new titles for PlayStation VR took centre stage, the result of a partnership between Sony Interactive Entertainment and some of Asia’s most exciting developers.
ChinaJoy is a huge annual celebration of the latest video games and industry advancements – so we took the opportunity to share some of what we’ve been working on, as well as putting the spotlight on some of the most creative game makers in Asia.
Whether it’s an epic, story-driven adventure or an indie masterpiece, we want to make sure every angle is covered for our players.
The PS VR line-up shown in Shanghai included:
Taking on the role of a character called David Ridley, you’ll battle the eerie consequences of a tragic event which has darkened your world.
But this is no ordinary horror game… the twist is that making noise is the only way you can see the environment around you. This immerses the player in Ridley’s world and encourages tactical sound play using echolocation to reveal your surroundings. Thanks to the headset’s built-in mic, you can use your voice to help illuminate the way, as well as interact with items you find.
As you progress through the game, you’ll discover the importance of strategic gameplay as the sounds you make not only help you to navigate, they could also alert lurking enemies to your presence; it’s an audio awakening in which enemies hear your fear.
From Chinese developer Haymaker comes The Walker, a fantasy combat tale that plays out in virtual reality.
You are the distant descendant of the ancient Fangxiang family, whose mystical mix of swordsmanship and sorcery hasn’t diminished through the ages – which is just as well: the world needs saving from a demonic militia.
You’ll need to uncover and master spells and charms to defeat these invaders, and infuse weapons with special powers. Set in historic Shanghai, the unique sights and sounds will envelop you as you battle between sweeping boss showdowns.
Adding to China’s burgeoning reputation as a PS VR hotbed comes Kill X, from VIVA Games. A claustrophobic thriller set on a secret island, you’ll uncover horrifying experiments on human subjects by an organisation determined to realise immortality, no matter the cost.
As you veer between the past, present and future of these experiments and their aftereffects, you’ll battle through swarms of the island’s unfortunate inhabitants. There are puzzles to be cracked and ever-more powerful weaponry to be found as you dig deeper into this heart-stopping mystery.
The third China-developed game we talked about in Shanghai was this real-time strategy game from ChangYou Games.
You’ll select a commander and form an army, picking units with specialised attributes to steamroll the battlefield. You’ll also use special cards to cast spells on the battlefield, brought to life by PS VR.
With three races – Orcs, Humans and Elves -pitched to fight against one another under the evil influencer of an ancient demon you must find the right blend of skills to defeat enemy armies and restore harmony to the world.
This is just a small sample of the PS VR experiences we have in development in our talented studios around the world. We’ll have more to share soon, so keep a close eye on PlayStation Blog for more information and updates.