VR Suffers One of its First Big Cancellations

by Jamie Feltham • June 5th, 2016

Cancelled projects are a sad fact of any industry, and today we learned that VR will be no different.

UK-based developer Lilith has somewhat shockingly announced that its promising VR compatible horror title, Allison Road – which ranked as one of our most anticipated VR games of 2016 – has sadly been cancelled. The developer issued a brief statement on Twitter this weekend that simply read: “Hi all. Sadly Allison Road had to be cancelled. Statement to come in the next few days. Thx for all your support and very sad it came 2 this.”

It doesn’t get more direct than that. Just like everyone else, we’re wondering what exactly went so badly so quickly here. Allison Road was a first-person title that was due to support the Oculus Rift on PC and possibly even PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4. It caught the attention of fans after being labelled as a spiritual successor to P.T., Hideo Kojima’s infamous ‘playable teaser’ for a new Silent Hill game that was cancelled following a fallout with publisher Konami last year.

Like P.T., Allison Road promised to be absolutely terrifying, employing twisted psychological horror as players explored a haunted house of sorts in the city of Manchester, UK. Lilith first managed to raise £150,000 of a £250,000 goal when it launched a Kickstarter campaign last year, though this was cancelled when the studio managed to strike up a deal with publisher Team 17 instead. The game’s official Twitter account had last posted on February 29th in search of a character artist, so we had little reason to suspect development was in trouble.

Perhaps the curse of P.T. itself has carried on through to other games.

It’s an even bigger disappointment for VR fans, as this was easily one of the most promising horror titles on the way. It seemed like Lilith really knew what it was doing here, so we’ll be sure to look out for that statement about the decision. If you need some more VR horror to quench your thirst for scares then why not check out Chair in a Room: Greenwater on Vive or Dreadhalls on Rift/Gear? They’re sure to get the heart racing.

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