Slowly but surely, virtual reality is beginning to absorb the kind of first-person exploratory puzzlers that were once the near-exclusive domain of standard PC displays. The latest such game to hop on the VR bandwagon is Aspyr Media's Torn, a "dark-science fiction mystery inspired by The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror" (the TV show, not the game).
In 1953, a renowned physicist named Dr. Lawrence Talbot mysterious vanished while on "the brink of a major scientific breakthrough." Ever since, "his mansion remained hidden, his laboratory and work all but forgotten... Until now." At long last, 64 years after he vanished, players control a female visitor to the mansion in an attempt to figure out what happened to the doctor and what secrets this place now conceals.
That's about it for plot details so far, but the trailer suggests that Talbot's consciousness is now embodied in a light-based orb that is able to communicate with you. As you freely roam the residence in first-person perspective, you are encouraged to fiddle with the increasingly complex gadgets you encounter in order to unlock new memories. But beware, as the picture that emerges from these restored recollections may not be a welcome one.
Torn is the first game ever created in-house by Aspyr Studio, but the team features experienced industry veterans whose credits include the likes of Tomb Raider, Stranglehold and BioShock. Designed exclusively for VR, the game is due to be launched sometime this spring on Oculus, Vive and PlayStation VR, so the necessary hardware will be required.