The Works of Mercy Aiming to Bring Photorealism to VR, Kickstarter Hits

    Indie developer Pentacle could be about to get involved with virtual reality (VR) development with a promising new videogame named The Works of Mercy. Set to be published by PlayWay, this upcoming first-person mystery title has now launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to aid development, looking for some $15,000 CAD before 19th March 2016. If successful, the new title will support unspecified VR head-mounted displays (HMDs).

    The Works of Mercy is described by its developer as a ‘deeply disturbing, horribly convincing’ piece in which players are cast as a man that finds his wife and child captured, with their attacker forcing him to unwillingly kill others in order to save their own lives. Inspired by films like The Shining and powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, the title features highly-detailed, interactive environments – described by the developer as ‘photorealistic’ – that players will explore as they comply with their tormentor’s demands. The first gameplay for the experience can currently be seen below.

    In terms of VR support, the campaign page simply confirms that it will be included in the title, though doesn’t state which platforms it will appear on. Given it’s coming to PC, though the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are safe bets right now.

    The piece is also appearing on Steam Greenlight right now, seeking votes to get it approved for sale on Valve’s digital storefront. In terms of backer rewards, an early bird offer of $17 USD will net you a Steam download and thanks in the in-game credits as well as a digital soundtrack. Once the offer is used up, the price will be set at $20. Rewards continue up to $80, where people can submit sound effects, 3D models, voice work, music and more that will then appear in the title. The piece is currently expected to arrive in August 2016, though possible console versions are yet to be confirmed.

    Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest on The Works of Mercy.


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