Ubisoft’s VR Thriller Transference Is Coming To E3 2018

by Jamie Feltham • May 28th, 2018

Last E3, Ubisoft introduced us to a strange and unsettling new VR game named Transference. It was in development at Spectrevision (which includes Elijah Wood of Frodo fame), and was easily one of the most interesting games at last year’s show. We haven’t seen it since, despite being given an initial spring 2018 release window.

Well, good news, the game’s set to make a return at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference this year. The company confirmed as much in a teaser video for its 2018 show, also confirming that games like Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 would headline the showcase. What we didn’t see was a mention for zero-gravity space shooter, Space Junkies, which is coming to Rift and Vive soon, though hopefully we’ll be able to go hands-on with it again.

Transference is a creepy-looking experience that explores subjects like PTSD as it attempts to bridge the gap between movies and games. It mixes full VR gameplay with real-life footage in an attempt to put players in stressful situations unlike anything else you’ve seen in VR.

“Throughout it all nothing is ever quite as it seems,” David Jagneaux wrote in our E3 2017 preview. “Since this is intended to be a digital recreation of someone’s traumatized memories things are inconsistent and glitchy. Doors morph and move around as I walk past them, pictures on the wall vanish and reappear seemingly at random. Some items even bounce in and out of view as if to imply the memories are fragmented and incomplete.”

Transference is due to launch on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR. Ubisoft’s conference is running on Monday, June 11th, at 1pm PT. We’ve got a full list of conferences and the chances of seeing VR at them right here.

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