Games don’t often get delayed a whole year, but it’s usually for the best if they do. Originally slated for the second half of 2017, The Persistence was pushed into summer 2018 and now finally has a firm release date of July 24, 2018.
In The Persistence you play as a member of a crew on a spaceship that’s traveling through deep space. It’s a brutally difficult game that mixes stealth with survival horror and tense, first-person shooter combat. There are also heavy roguelike elements as well since each and every death results in you restarting from the very beginning — although you do get to keep a bit of your skill progressions. And each time you restart the ship has a totally different layout.
We’ve gone hands-on with the game on two separate instances and our most recent demo at last year’s PSX down in Anaheim showed a game that’s received significant polish and updates over the past several months.
Footage from a hands-on event in March 2017
What makes The Persistence especially unique is that it will also include a second screen experience so that other people in the room can play along using their phone or tablet while your face is crammed into the PSVR headset. Using a free app other players can manipulate the world by opening or closing doors, highlighting items, or even hindering your progress.
PSVR doesn’t have a game quite like The Persistence and it should hopefully deliver a lot of replayability with the procedural, roguelike elements. Let us know what you think of The Persistence so far ahead of its July 24 release down in the comments below!