Back in June we reported on an upcoming collaboration between The Rogue Initiative and Michael Bay, but as it turns out, that project must be a bit farther off. Today, the company instead announced their first VR experience will instead be a game project titled Crowe: The Drowned Armory.
In the game, players will control the titular character, Crowe, who is a young villager. Gameplay will consist of interacting with environments to solve puzzles, fighting aliens, and uncovering the secrets of an ancient temple. It has a very mysterious and fantastical vibe.
As you can see in the two debut screenshots above, it’s quite pretty. The game is being built in Unreal Engine 4 to take full advantage of how detailed and immersive VR worlds can be with increased visual fidelity. In a press release emailed to Upload, Pete Blumel, co-founder and CEO of The Rogue Initiative, said:
“The team is currently deep in development utilizing Unreal Engine 4 and excited to offer a closer look as we progress. We’re dedicated to building the narrative and world of Crowe in subsequent chapters and across various mediums including mobile VR and animation.”
We don’t know much else about the game at this point, but it promises to be a premiere VR experience once released. The company is stacked with talent, so they’re certainly capable, but it’s impossible to know with a company’s debut project. A strong mixture of sci-fi and fantasy aesthetics help to set Crowe apart in some ways, but the strength of any VR experience relies heavily upon its interactivity and content, so time will tell.
Crowe: The Drowned Armory is the first VR project from The Rogue Initiative and does not currently have a release date. Platforms (such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PS VR, etc) have also not been confirmed at this time.