If you have a keen eye for sci-fi horror in VR, then you’ve probably spotted the promisingly creepy The Hum before.
This upcoming series from indie developer Totwise Studios has had something of a rollercoaster of a life so far. Originally announced as just one game, the team behind it launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to bring it to VR HMDs all the way back in 2014. That campaign was cancelled, though, and Totwise Studios instead announced spin-off projects that would help fund the main one. One of those was The Hum: Abductions, a first-person horror experience.
It appears that this new title is gearing up for an E3 2016 showing, and is teasing us all with new footage ahead of the big show in two weeks’ time.
The clip above is short and mysterious, but packs an atmosphere that’s drenched in dread as a player hides from a menacing alien that silently lingers at the other side of a room. It’s less than a minute long, but it’s enough for this Unreal Engine 4-developed project to instil a few chills. It doesn’t give away too many details, but hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on it at E3 this year and tell you what it’s all about.
From past descriptions, we know that The Hum series will focus on an alien invasion of Earth. The original game was meant to follow a survivor long after that invasion as they tried to remain hidden from the planet’s newest inhabitants. It seems like the new project might keep this hiding mechanic in place, but it remains to be seen how it might otherwise differ.
The description for the trailer also confirms that Abductions will be releasing on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, as well as the OSVR HMD. It seems like things are finally moving forward for this long in-development series, then. Let’s hope our anticipation is well-placed when E3 finally rolls around.