As the VR industry grows, higher profile productions and partnerships continue to spring up. Last year, production studio The Rogue Initiative attracted enough attention with their team’s talent to iron out a partnership with popular filmmaker Michael Bay for a series of VR content with Hollywood cinematic style. Now, Rogue Initiative is taking the pedigree that put them in that position and applying it to their own VR game titled Crowe: The Drowned Armory.
Announced at GDC this year, Crowe looks to blend fantasy elements with science fiction into a wave shooter as players take on the role of the young villager who’s also the titular character. Players will be solving puzzles with help from non-playable characters, combat aliens, and uncover the mysteries held within an ancient temple so that he can learn about his society’s past. On paper and visually, Crowe’s aesthetic and premise are somewhat similar to the recently released Horizon: Zero Dawn that tasks characters with unraveling the mysteries of a world that’s been regressed into archaic living circumstances but is riddled with beasts crafted from advanced technology.
The trailer only shows so much, but Crowe looks to start off by taking down the alien beings with a bow and deflecting their attacks with a shield. Whether by earned upgrades or a plot point, he looks to also gain possession of a couple guns that share similar design traits with the aliens he fights against. The game is slated for a Spring release this year and will include cinematic, story, and arcade-style survival modes in the full release. It’s not yet just yet what platforms the game will be launching on.