The Oculus Rift might have been discontinued this year but there’s still plenty of support for the PC-based headset. Today, Bloober Team has announced the launch of Blair Witch: VR Edition for the platform, bringing improved graphics to make the horror experience that little bit scarier.
The Oculus Rift edition continues Bloober Team’s expansion of its Blair Witch videogame, originally starting out on PC and consoles in 2019. It was then overhauled in 2020 as Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition, adding new control schemes and features tailored to virtual reality (VR) gaming. Now it’s time for Oculus Rift owners to step into the cursed Black Hills Forest and try to make it out the other side.
If you’ve played the original non-VR version then you’ll notice plenty of differences in Blair Witch: VR Edition. Whilst the narrative and locations remain the same in VR you’ll be able to interact with most objects, picking them up, throwing them, opening drawers, doors, and gates, even breaking branches if you so wish. The same goes for the puzzle elements with handles, buttons, opening locks with a key, and inputting padlock codes all requiring that physical touch.
One of the key mechanics in the videogame is your pet dog Bullet, who’s helpful not only as a companion in the creepy woods but also for sniffing out clues. You can pet Bullet, give him new collars, feed him treats, shake his paw and give him objects to sniff and hunt down.
If VR horror isn’t scary enough, Bloober Team also decided to add new sounds and in-game events to surprise and scare the player, including additional creature encounters. Blair Witch: VR Edition will also include better models, improved lighting, further draw distance, and improved AI.
VRFocus was impressed by Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition, saying in its review: “If you’re a big fan of VR scares intertwined with a decent story then Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition will have you shaking in your boots.”
Blair Witch: VR Edition will be available on the Oculus Store for Oculus Rift today, at 6pm BST (10am PT). There’s been no mention of a SteamVR version but the studio has confirmed a PlayStation VR edition will arrive this summer. For further updates keep reading VRFocus.
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