With precious few new PlayStation VR (PSVR) games so far in 2017, we’re keenly watching for any interesting releases on the horizon. Unearthing Mars is one of them.
This promising game from China-based Winking Entertainment released in the Asian region earlier in the year, but the developer had nothing to say of a western release at the time. Today, it’s confirmed that the game will be arriving in western markets “soon”. We’ve reached out to Winking to try and narrow down that date a bit more, though the Asian release already supported the English language, so localisation shouldn’t be holding the project back too much. Germany and French options will also be available in the west.
While a final price hasn’t been confirmed, the game costs around $15 in Asia.
Unearthing Mars looks to be a 1 – 2 hour long adventure for PSVR that sees players explore the titular red planet. The game will consist of 10 chapters with different gameplay styles, including piloting spacecraft, solving puzzles, and taking on aliens in first-person shooter action. We first played it back at Gamescom 2016 and found promise in the short chapter we saw, though it’s anyone’s guess as to if the full experience holds up. The game is played with two PlayStation Move motion controllers.
Winking is going to be showing the game at GDC in two weeks’ time, where it plans to reveal new VR games too. The developer is also currently working on another VR game, Project Tres, which adapts the ancient Chinese novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms for the HTC Vive. The game was merely a tech demo when we saw it at Gamescom, so it could perhaps be one of the projects set to be revealed in San Francisco soon. Hopefully with Unearthing Mars out of the way we’ll see more on this one in the near future.