VR has the magical power to put people directly in someone else’s shoes. When wearing a VR headset you can not only see what experiences are like from someone else’s point of view, but you can really feel and experience them as well. For a primarily visual medium then, you’d think it’d be difficult to convey blindness — but that isn’t stopping Tiny Bull Studios and Surprise Attack Games from trying.
Blind, which launches in Q2 of this year for Rift, Vive, and OSVR, follows the story of a woman that loses her sight. Using echolocation, you must explore a twisted mansion as you view the environment through sound waves and reverberation. It’s a narrative-driven puzzle game that’s sure to present unique challenges for viewers/players.
Interestingly enough this isn’t the first VR experience we’ve seen to address the topic of blindness. Most notably is the appropriately titled series of vignette stories, Notes on Blindness, that does a wonderful job of communicating the feeling. On a more gaming-centric route there’s Stifled, which is an absolutely terrifying and creative survival horror game that uses your voice and sound to display visuals.
Blind is releasing this Spring on Rift, Vive, OSVR, and all other major PC-based VR platforms with a future PSVR release coming later in 2018. Let us know what you think down in the comments below!