Archiact is bringing their atmospheric exploration game The Forgotten Chamber to the Oculus Rift. In a press release, the Canadian studio mentioned that they had expanded upon the game (that originally started out as a pitch for a movie promotion) to include story elements and spoken dialogue. The best part is that this experience is completely free through the Oculus store.
The highlight of the game is the binaural audio that is meant to ‘ that draws players into hair-raising 3D soundscapes.’ This is all just fancy talk for that the sound is designed to use both ears (the definition of ‘binaural’) and that you’ll be able to hear in 360 degrees. The game only uses the Oculus headset: there’s no touch or controller to take away from the experience. Movement is ‘gaze driven’ and somehow you’ll be able to stop while walking in order to try and figure out where that creepy wail is coming from.
The technical specs required for your PC are a little up there but not too bad. The recommended settings are:
– Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Recommended graphics card
– NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent
It’s strange that this is the second tomb raiding VR game to be announced recently but it’s definitely a genre ripe for exploring. Puzzles, mine cart rides, and ghost dodging all are fun activities to take part in behind a headset. And while Archiact are focused on making ‘immersive reality’ available for businesses and homes alike, it’s nice to see them repurpose a promotional pitch they entered into a contest into a full fledged game. And releasing The Forgotten Chamber for free will hopefully draw some attention to the studio so they can continue to explore the VR world and make new experiences.
The launch trailer can be seen (and more importantly heard) below. Keep in mind this can’t fully showcase the binaural aspect of the game since that interacts directly with the Oculus headset and the game.