Independent game and technology studio, 3rd Eye Studios, is releasing its zero-gravity space adventure, Downward Spiral: Horus Station, this Spring for PlayStation 4 and PC.
In the game, players get lured through a lost vessel abandoned by its crew. The game developers say solving the mystery of the space station will take wits and ingenuity as players fight (or avoid) its unknown dangers. Players will find themselves using the ship's maintenance hardware such as bolt throwers, rail guns, and arc welders to take out threats, solve puzzles, and find the truth of why Horus Station has been left adrift.
“Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Twin Peaks, and There Will be Blood, Downward Spiral: Horus Station offers a thought-provoking piece of hard sci-fi set in deep space,” said Gregory Louden, Lead Designer of 3rd Eye Studios.
3rd Eye Studios says the game's focus will be heavy on environmental storytelling. It features no dialogue or cinematics. Instead, players will have to piece together the plot through observation and interpretation as they navigate the derelict space station, accompanied by the electronic ambient soundtrack composed by platinum selling HIM frontman Ville Valo. Additionally, the game introduces a new control system that takes a new approach on how movement works in zero-gravity. Rather than just float, players will have to push themselves off of the environment to propel themselves forward, or use tools just as they would in deep space.
“Last year’s Downward Spiral: Prologue was our proof of concept. Now we’re almost ready to let players embark on a full-length adventure to discover the atmospheric Horus Station,” said Kari Koivistoinen, CEO of 3rd Eye Studios. “For those that wish to experience the game in VR, we’ve continued to develop our proprietary tech that mitigates VR motion sickness while allowing for a full range of movement. Movement is seamless, allowing players to engage in both thoughtful exploration and pulse-quickening combat.”
Downward Spiral: Horus Station is scheduled to come out this Spring on PlayStation 4 and PC, with optional PlayStation VR, Oculus Touch, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality support.