The Persistence is a PSVR sci-fi horror game with a companion smartphone app

One of the cooler sounding games for the Sony PlayStation VR has just been announced. The Persistence, from UK-developer Firesprite, will be a sci-fi horror game with the additional twist of a companion smartphone app, designed so that other people can help, or possibly hurt, the main player who is wearing the VR headset.

The game itself sounds a lot like other classic sci-fi horror games like System Shock and Dead Space. The player with the PSVR headset is controlling a character on board The Persistence, a space ship sent out on a research mission. Your character gets revived from cryosleep, but finds that an accident has damaged the ship, putting it closer and closer to a black hole.  Also, your other crew members have now been turned into zombie-like creatures out to kill you. You have to repair the ship and get it moved away from that black hole, while also avoiding being killed by your mutated team members.

The smartphone app, which can also be used on tablets, has been made as a kind of party game extension to The Persistence. Players with the app will get to see a layout of the ship, and help the main VR player by finding loot, identifying enemies and more. Of course, those players don’t have to help the one wearing the headset; they can choose to hinder his efforts as well.

The main player will get to use special stem cells that can boost his strength, speed and health. Weapons like a Gravity Bomb that creates a mini-black hole to suck in the mutated enemies are available. Also, the ship is procedurally generated, so each time you play the game, you will get a different layout to explore, which hopefully means no two experiences will be exactly alike.

Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on when The Persistence will be released, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before we go exploring on the ship in our PlayStation VR headset. In the meantime, what do you think of the game? Let us know in the comments!


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