Developer 3rd Eye Studios has released their latest game, Downward Spiral: Prologue, a zero-G virtual reality game that serves as the prologue to the in-development Downward Spiral saga. The game is available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Inspired by cult 1970’s science-fiction, players begin the game inside a capsule that has docked with a space station. On first exploration, the station appears empty. Players must use control panels to progress through the abandoned facility and begin to unravel the mystery. As it is designed in an episodic format, future content will allow players to uncover more of the story, with the introduction of new characters, plot points and settings with each subsequent episode. The company has said that while every game will have different main characters, story, and setting, each is important part of the tale of Downward Spiral that will create a cohesive whole.
Currently, the gameplay is split into two distinct flavors: Journey, where players navigate the actual story, either alone or in Co-op mode; and Deathmatch, which allows up to eight players to experience zero gravity gunplay in environments taken from the story. Given some of the kinks in current VR technology, one of the first assurances the company has given is that it has developed the game using a “new innovative way of moving freely” in order to prevent motion sickness.
“Structured as a modern TV series, Downward Spiral: Prologue is the beginning of a space thriller, whose mystery will unravel over time as we release future episodes,” said Kari Koivistoinen, CEO of 3rd Eye Studios. “Built from the ground-up by our team of award-winning industry veterans, Downward Spiral: Prologue offers a space Zero-G experience like no other by allowing players to move freely in a VR environment without motion sickness.”
Downward Spiral: Prologue has a suggested retail price of $9.99.