Former members of The Climb and Robinson: The Journey developer Crytek have an intriguing new VR game to announce today.
Shaman: Spirithunter from Berlin-based Playsnak is coming to the Oculus Rift in 2018. It’s an interesting blend of first and third-person action game; you play as the last surviving Shaman of a tribe wiped out by an everlasting winter, and set out to discover the reason for the freak weather. You can check out the first trailer below.
As you can see, Shaman’s gameplay consists of third-person movement, in which you can use stealth to get the drop on enemies. One of the game’s key features is the ability to shape shift into different forms that will give you new abilities, and you’ll discover new forms throughout the campaign as you level up your character. When using your bow and arrow, the game is played from first-person. It’s controlled using Oculus Touch so, yeah, you already know how that will feel.
The mix of camera styles, Playsnak hopes, will create a comfortable experience for players. There will also be a high-angled camera position for exploring the environment, which sounds a little like a feature in Robinson that allowed you to view areas through the eyes of your drone floating in the sky.
Overall it looks pretty promising, and reminds us a little of Insomniac Games’ Edge of Nowhere. The team says it’s focusing on Rift first and will explore other platforms in the future. We’ll keep an eye on this one.