Rogue Initiative have unveiled the studio’s first original interactive virtual reality (VR) experience, which will be made available as a timed exclusive for HTC Vive from 30th May, 2017, followed by Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR later on the year.
Crowe: The Downed Armory tells the story of a tribal boy who must defend his village from alien invaders by discovering the secret of long-forgotten technology that was abandoned 1000 years ago by his ancestors. The story aims to blend sci-fi and fantasy into an epic, immersive story.
“This is not a game, ‘Crowe‘ is a cinematic interactive experience that combines puzzle solving, character interaction and combat with an epic ending built in a virtual reality world,” said Pete Blumel, Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, The Rogue Initiative.
“At Rogue Initiative, we focus on world building, along with character driven storytelling. I think with ‘Crowe,’ we built out a beautiful world experience for our consumer which makes it perfect for our premiere release,” said Cathy Twigg, Co-Founder, Chief Content & Production Officer, The Rogue Initiative.
Players are guided through the experience by a techno-fairy referred to as AMI in order to fight off the first enemies and learn how to use weapons such as a plasma energy bow. Crowe: The Drowned Armory incorporates head-tracking and parallax into its puzzles, so users will need to get to grips with the control methods in order to progress into the dangerous temple.
The title will be exclusive to the HTC Vive until 13th of June, when it will be made available for Oculus Rift. There are plans to bring the title to PlayStation VR, but a release date has not yet been confirmed.
A trailer is available to view below.