PlayStation fans will likely be familiar with the name Shahid Kamal Ahmad. As Sony’s Director of Strategic Content, the last of several roles held at the company, he played a hand in bringing plenty of games to PS4, PS Vita and, yes, some for PlayStation VR (PSVR) too. Now, though Ahmad is working on his own VR game.
Back in September, we reported that Ahmad, who left Sony in December 2015 to start his own indie studio named Ultimatum Games, was prepared to stake his future on VR. Yesterday evening, he finally revealed just a little more about what he’s working on.
Chimera Zero. For PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Tech demo currently runs on PSVR and Rift. This is not your daddy’s Chimera. pic.twitter.com/fwKGZ0xcYk
— Shahid Kamal Ahmad (@shahidkamal) September 3, 2017
Specifically, Ahmad announced Chimera Zero for PSVR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. If that name sounds a little familiar, it’s because Ahmad worked on the original Chimera some 32 years ago. It was an action-adventure game in which players explore an alien spaceship that has come to destroy Earth, searching for a means to blow it up. However, Chimera Zero doesn’t sound like it will be a direct sequel to that classic.
Ahmad stated that the only things the two have in common are the name, robots, and an “unashamedly sci-fi setting”. And that’s pretty much it; we don’t know any gameplay details at this point. Ahmad did note that he had “never worked so hard on anything” in his life and that he was still “a long way from the end”, but had been demoing the project to around a dozen people. The logo above is the only available asset right now.
We’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing what Ahmad has in the works.