MELBOURNE, Australia – April 6, 2018 – Developer Tiny Bull Studios and indie label Surprise Attack Games today announced the imminent release of the Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE and Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) versions of psychological virtual reality thriller, Blind, with the PlayStation®VR (PSVR) version coming soon. Check out the trailer here.
Waking up in a strange room with scant memory of how she came to be there, a young woman makes the shocking discovery that she has lost her sense of sight. Goaded by the mysterious Warden, she must explore a twisted and frightening mansion using echolocation. Sound waves briefly reveal the outlines of objects, enabling her to navigate the mansion, solve puzzles and uncover the mystery of what is happening and why. As she gets closer and closer to the truth, however, she will be forced to confront her worst enemy – that which she does not, or will not, see.
Born out of the Global Game Jam in 2014, which had the theme of “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are,” the Blind team won the Best Game award at the Turin (Italy) jam site with their entry Come to See My House. Tiny Bull Studios took this prototype to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March of that year, catching the eye of then fledgling indie label, Surprise Attack Games.
Together they decided to take the concept and develop it as a VR-only title. The game design has been heavily informed by the unique experience VR provides and the counter-to-popular wisdom approach of utilizing VR to restrict and control the player’s senses rather than flood them.
The narrative-driven puzzle adventure game features around four to five hours of gameplay and will be releasing in Spring on all major PC-based VR platforms, with a version for PSVR releasing later in 2018.
About Tiny Bull Studios
Tiny Bull Studios is a VR development team based in the unlikeliest of places: Turin, Italy. Led by the four co-founders Matteo Lana (CEO, Lead Game Designer), Rocco Luigi Tartaglia (CTO, Lead Programmer), Arianna Ciardi (Art Director) and Simone Grosso (Game Designer), and additional hire Paolo Armao (Sound Designer), the team are obsessed with telling interesting stories in VR that engage players in new ways.
Inspired by the likes of Lucasarts adventure games, Alan Wake, Gone Home and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Blind is the studio’s first full scale game. The idea was born during the 2014 Global Game Jam where the concept/prototype won Best Game in the Global Game Jam competition in Turin.
About Surprise Attack Games
Surprise Attack Games is an independent games label based in Australia. It works with amazing creators to bring remarkable, weird and unique games to discerning players worldwide.
You may know them from the hacking game using real unix commands (Hacknet), the surveillance thriller series that puts you in the shoes of Big Brother (Orwell), the multiplayer split-screen shooter where everyone is invisible (Screencheat), or the dystopian steampunk mini-golf adventure game (Vertiginous Golf).
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