The Hypnotizingly Beautiful ‘Bound’ is Coming to PS VR

by Jamie Feltham • June 14th, 2016

Polish developer Plastic Demoscene Group is known for its striking, unusual 3D experiences that sometimes cross into the realm of gaming. With its latest project, Bound, it’s also exploring VR.

Bound was announced for PlayStation 4 back at the 2015 PlayStation Experience in December, and has now been confirmed to support PlayStation VR at this week’s E3 2016 in Los Angeles. A recap of games showing on display after Sony’s E3 press conference last night revealed the news. It also showcased a brand new trailer for the game that can now be seen below.

It’s well worth taking a look; Bound is a visually stunning third-person adventure in which players explore the mind of a woman as she revisits childhood memories. It looks like a sort of cross between Journey and Metal Gear Solid‘s VR missions, with the protagonist elegantly dancing her way through beautiful environments, solving platforming challenges with her moves. VR support will retain the third-person camera, but allow players to explore the immersive environments in a full 360 degrees.

Bound will be launching without VR support on August 16th. A PS VR mode will be integrated when the device launches in the US on October 13th.

Those with a keen memory will recall that this isn’t the first time Plastic has been linked to PlayStation VR. In 2012 the studio launched Datura, a surreal PlayStation 3 game that used the PlayStation Move motion controllers to enable players to interact with the world. Datura was then paired with Sony’s HMZ-T1 head-mounted 3D display, using PlayStation Move as a form of head-tracking. It was, in effect, one of the very first prototypes for PlayStation VR.

Plastic has some heritage with PS VR, then, so it’s good to welcome the developer back to the HMD. We can’t wait to see the sights Bound has in store for us.

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