After its recent showcase on the PlayStation VR booth during the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2019, Last Labyrinth will soon be coming to all major virtual reality (VR) headsets. Japanese developer Amata K.K. has announced the launch will take place in November whilst confirming an Oculus Quest version will also be released.
First showcased at TGS 2016, Last Labyrinth is an escape room experience along the lines of horror films such as The Cube. You play a character with no memory of how they arrived in a strange foreboding mansion. Tied to a wheelchair with the only movement being your head, you’re not alone in the house, a mysterious girl called Katia appears from the shadows to help, the only problem is she does talk in any recognisable language.
Having to use non-verbal communication, you and Katia have to find a way out of the mansion. You can direct her around each room by pressing a button in your hand to activate a lazer pointer on your head, then nodding or shaking your head to trigger actions. Care must be taken at each step as every room is booby-trapped with deadly mechanisms which will kill both of you.
While gory in places, Last Labyrinth has been designed as a comfortable seated experience where you only have to move Katia rather than yourself.
The development has been spearheaded by Hiromichi Takahashi, director and producer of Doko Demo Issyo (PlayStation, 1999) with other notable veterans including co-Director Tetsuya Watanabe (Puppeteer, The Last Guardian) and Lead Animator Atsuko Fukuyama (ICO, Shadow of the Colossus). Katia is voiced by Stefanie Joosten, the voice and likeness of Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015).
The worldwide launch will take place on 13th November 2019, supporting Oculus Rift/ Rift S, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive/Vive Pro, Windows Mixed Reality and PlayStation VR, retailing for $39.99 USD. For customers in Asian territories like Japan, Amata K.K. will be running a pre-order bonus for PlayStation customers. From 12th September they will be able to pre-order to unlock a Last Labyrinth PlayStation 4 theme.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Last Labyrinth, reporting back with any further updates and announcements.
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