Bandai Namco knows what’s up. Despite no solid release date for Project Morpheus, they’ve released teaser footage during the pre-TGS Sony conference with more details and a playable VR schoolgirl demo promised at the Tokyo Game Show later this year. It should be noted that this may only be a technology demo, and may not actually flesh out into a full game.
As far as gameplay footage goes, the renders are incredible, so I have high hopes for this. What do we know so far though? The Japanese voiceover is scant in details, but here’s what I can tell you
- The developer starts by talking about the Morpheus in general, explaining that “you have to try it to believe it”.
- The player is in the environment and the in-game character is aware of them.
- The game will be focussed around communication, probably simple interactions such as the yes/no dialog you can see in the video.
- He only talks about the bedroom environment, but says they’re focussed on making it really feel like you’re there.
- There’ll be “lots of interesting characters to interact with”, so presumably not all schoolgirls then – but this might also be interpreted as “depending on the user settings, she can take on the role of many different personalities”.
- At the end, the girl says “Let’s go on a trip this Summer holiday”.
Although not explicitly spelt out in the video, it seems this will be some kind of classic dating sim – let’s hope it sees a worldwide release or at least an easy import. Here’s to Japan for taking VR where it really wants to go!