A Chair in a Room: Greenwater is one of my favorite Vive games and still one of the scariest games I’ve played inside a VR headset so far. The pacing is great, the setting is creepy, and the story is unnerving enough to make it difficult to press forward in the sinister and chilling world that Ryan Bousfield from Wolf & Wood has created. Now it’s getting even more content, for free.
“Investigate the case of the missing woodland girl in the original A Chair in a Room short story – now included in the latest update of A Chair in a Room: Greenwater on HTC Vive,” writes Bousfield in the game’s forthcoming update notes provided via email. The graphical upgrade is, quite frankly, pretty remarkable, as shown below.
For those that are unaware, the Greenwater version of the game, or the Steam version with full roomscale and motion controller integration on Vive, is actually the second iteration of the experience. Originally, A Chair in a Room was a simple DK1 and Cardboard game that lasted only 15 or 20 minutes long. As it turns out, Bousfield has been hard at work on updating that experience to take advantage of the more advanced Vive hardware.
“The original A Chair in a Room was made over 2 years ago for Oculus DK1 and Google Cardboard to test the potential of horror in VR,” writes Bousfield. “With consistent great reviews, and currently at 350,000 downloads, it was the reaction to this that led to the creation of the full length game A Chair in a Room: Greenwater for the Vive.”
Today, the existing Vive edition of the game is receiving a free update that will fully integrate this short experience into the game, which is great news for fans. Since it is so much shorter, it’s a great way to introduce people to the world and to the horror genre in VR, without asking them to play through a multi-hour game that’s several chapters long. While the updated content isn’t a big addition in terms of time added to the game, more is never a bad thing.