Sony Interactive Entertainment and From Software announced Deracine for PlayStation VR following Sony Interactive Entertainment’s E3 2018 press conference. It will launch in 2018.
Here is an overview of the game, via PlayStation.com:
The VR debut from director Hidetaka Miyazaki and From Software.
Deracine is an upcoming story adventure game from Sony Interactive Entertainment, SIE Japan Studio, From Software and Hidetaka Miyazaki, known for their collaboration on Bloodborne. Taking the role as an unseen faerie in a secluded boarding school, the player moves around in frozen time, collecting various bits of information that serve to unfold an overarching mystery. The story is a new take on classic adventure games and utilizes PS VR’s technology to take gamers on an entirely unique and personal experience.
- VR Adventure Experience – Deracine utilizes VR technology to create a classic adventure game where players will be able to explore a quiet world teeming with mysteries.
- Compellion and Original Story – A classic adventure game or visual novel built around the exploration of a mysterious world, frozen in time. Players take the role of an invisible faerie who forges a personal bond children in a boarding school in an emotionally deep and convincing narrative.
- Thought-Provoking Discoveries – In tandem with the deep narrative, players must explore the world around them to discover clues that will lead them through the story. Discovering and piecing information together will pull players into the narrative’s world, and bind them to the characters in the physical world.
And here is a bit more on the game, via Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio producer Masaaki Yamagiwa on the PlayStation Blog:
Deracine is an all new adventure game that brings Japan Studio, From Software and director Hidetaka Miyazaki together for the first time since Bloodborne. The story unfolds in a secluded boarding school where six children quietly spend their days. It is into this environment that you appear, an unseen faerie existing in a world of frozen time. As the story progresses, time shifts around you, at times even throwing you into the past.
Our goal as we develop this title is to use the latest in VR technology to create a traditional adventure game or visual novel where the user explores a quiet world teeming with mysteries.
Deracine’s most important element is the bond between the player, an unseen faerie, and the children of the boarding school. This is shown using fragmented storytelling, where the user pieces events together from scattered story elements, and a setting where time is frozen. All of this comes together in a compelling, emotional narrative.
I also have a special message from Miyazaki himself:
“This title got its start when I asked myself whether I could recreate the classic adventure game with its relaxed pace in virtual reality, giving users an entirely unique experience. SIE was interested, and I am very grateful to have them as a partner as we develop this game together.
“The result is that the concept behind the title has changed little since those initial thoughts, and Déraciné has a warm, peculiar feel to it that is completely different from anything we have done before. I’d love for as many users as possible to give it a try.”
Deracine is scheduled to release exclusively for PlayStation VR in 2018.
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.