Double Fine Productions announced that Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin will launch for PlayStation VR on February 21. Take a look at the details here.
All About Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is an adventure puzzle game built from scratch for virtual reality. It chronicles the events between Psychonauts and the upcoming Psychonauts 2. Moreover, it is a standalone chapter of the Psychonauts saga.
Gamers will play the role of Raz, a young psychic. He is a member of the Psychonauts elite group of international psychic secret agents. Players can see through Raz’s eyes in first-person, while using his various psychic powers to solve puzzles. Furthermore, Clairvoyance allows them to see through the eyes of others and explore the environment. Other abilities like “telekinesis” and “pyrokinesis” allow them to move things around using the mind. They can also set them on fire.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin picks up at the end of Psychonauts. Raz, Lili, Sasha, Milla, and Coach Oleander fly off to rescue Truman Zannotto, the Grand Head of the Psychonauts. Their mission takes them to the Rhombus of Ruin. When the rescue party itself is kidnapped and held prisoner, he must use his psychic powers to reunite his friends. This in turn reveals the kidnapper, and frees Truman.
The Psychonauts Concept
The idea behind the game came during the crowd-sourcing campaign for Psychonauts 2. Double Fine’s CEO Tim Schafer revealed that they were looking to see what types of games they could develop with a virtual reality system. They compared the games made for the Kinect system.
With their recent focus on Psychonauts, the team agreed that a virtual reality-based Psychonauts game would be a good fit. It allows the player to become immersed in the odd environments within the Psychonauts universe.
Many virtual reality (VR) games have utilized a teleportation mechanic to allow players to travel in the virtual world. Rhombus of Ruin, on the other hand, requires the player to use Raz’s clairvoyance ability to view the world from the perspectives of the other characters in the game. In addition, the mechanics solve puzzles to gain information. Furthermore, it aims to trigger events which further the plot and advance the game.
The game is set to be released on February 21, 2017. Stay tuned to Video Games Republic to catch the latest on video games, tech, and more.