While Supermassive Games may have specialized in producing narrative-focused games like Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures Anthology, the studio does have a few other tricks up its sleeve, some of which are coming into the limelight with the upcoming Switchback VR, which now has an official launch date. A spiritual successor to Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, this rail shooter promises a way for players to take revenge upon some of the monstrosities shown in the previous entries in The Dark Pictures Anthology.
Specifically, The Dark Pictures has always been about characters meeting horrors that seem far beyond their ability to deal with. More often than not, combat is not a major gameplay element, with only an occasional direct confrontation. Switchback VR, however, gives players guns with virtually infinite ammo and lets them go ham, with the only real caveat being that it’s going to be a PS VR2 exclusive.
Switchback VR was announced on November 2, but Supermassive Games just revealed that the Dark Pictures spin-off will launch alongside the long-awaited PlayStation VR2 headset on February 22, 2023. This means that The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR has been added to PS VR2’s list of launch-day titles, and it’s unlikely that the next mainline game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, Directive 8020, will release beforehand. Supermassive also updated the game’s PlayStation Store listing, revealing the Inferno Pack DLC that contains new weapons and carts that will be available as a bonus with all pre-orders.
Whereas other Dark Pictures games force players to make difficult choices, Switchback VR is going to be far more binary in that respect. Being a VR-driven rollercoaster ride, Switchback VR tasks players with taking down horrors that they may have encountered as part of The Dark Pictures Antholgy Season 1 content. More specifically, this refers to the stories of Man of Medan, Little Hope, House of Ashes, and the most recent The Devil In Me, with their respective monsters and killers seemingly making appearances in Switchback.
It may surprise some PlayStation fans that PS VR2 is rather expensive, but Switchback VR‘s feature lists may help explain why this is the case. Specifically, Supermassive appears to have made good use of the headset’s Eye Tracking technology to spawn enemies while the players are blinking. Its haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, on the other hand, suggest that this may end up being one of the most immersive rail shooters yet, as they’ll accurately transfer the game’s bumps and drops to the player.
Interested parties can pre-order a PS VR2 right now, and as expensive as it may be, everything suggests that it’s going to be a big deal. It comes with a comprehensive feature set and could be the next big step for mainstream VR, especially if games such as Switchback VR leverage them in just the right way.
The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is coming out exclusively on PS VR2 on February 22, 2023.
Source: PlayStation Store