Get ready for some 2018 frights later this week.
Indie virtual reality (VR) developer Red Limb Studio launched its first title The Purge Day back in 2016 for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Then in 2017 the studio brought its second VR title to Steam Early Access, psychological horror Rise of Insanity. Today, the team have announced that it’ll see a full release later this week.
In Rise of Insanity, you take on the role of Stephen Dowell a doctor of psychology who aims to explore the darkest recesses of the human mind to uncover the truth behind a family tragedy. Inspired by classic psychological horror films such as The Shining, The Exorcist and Silent Hill, Rise of Insanity is set in 1970’s America with Dowell testing experimental treatment methods on a difficult patient who shows distinct yet contradictory symptoms of different mental disorders.
Looking like a far more polished experience than The Purge Day, the Early Access version has been fully playable since day one, with the developer using the time to polish the experience. The final version has been expanded to offer more gameplay, including many new locations and a full ending that wraps up the story of Dr. Dowell.
With puzzles to solve and secrets to uncover, Rise of Insanity will leave Early Access on Thursday, 1st March, 2018, for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Currently listed on Steam for £7.19 GBP, Red Lamb Studio has previously said: “We have in plans the gradual increase in the price while adding new content.” At present there’s been no mention of another price increase but that may change on launch day.
With so many horror titles launched towards the end of last year – mostly due to Halloween – there’s been a significant drop in scary videogames. For fans of the genre hopefully more will appear in the coming months.