Non-VR edition of the game also available to purchase for Windows PC
The Assembly, the highly anticipated story-led VR game from British studio nDreams, launches today for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive at 08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST on Steam and Oculus Home, priced at $29.99 / €24.99 / £19.99.
To mark the release of their first major title, nDreams – the UK’s largest independent developer/publisher solely focused on creating virtual reality games and experiences – has issued a launch trailer that spotlights The Assembly’s thought-provoking story and tense atmosphere.
A selection of new screenshots, highlighting the game’s intricate environments, are also available to download from here.
A non-VR edition of the game will be released for Windows PC at the same time, priced at $19.99 / €19.99 / £14.99. Once purchased, owners will have the option to upgrade to the VR edition at any time in order to experience the game as originally intended.
With The Assembly, nDreams have set out to make the most convincing interactive story in VR to date by combining realistic graphics with life-like positional audio and an intuitive in-game UI. Even so, every interactive story needs a narrative that captures the player’s imagination, which is why The Assembly has been set against a backdrop of current events and real-life societal anxieties. In today’s world, life-changing technology is being developed at a rate where laws and institutions can’t keep up. This can lead to all kinds of difficult decisions regularly being made by people on all ends of the spectrum and in The Assembly, players will need to make tough choices that have repercussions in the game. Having this as the foundation for The Assembly’s story allows the game’s creators to ask players whether it’s possible for one person to make a real difference, while also challenging their views of the Assembly and its members.
nDreams has designed The Assembly to be an ideal introduction to virtual reality, but one that gamers will still recognise as a fully-fledged videogame. The game includes a range of control schemes to suit both novice and more experienced VR gamers alike, enabling players to freely explore The Assembly’s cohesive world in comfort, without ever having to leave their chair.
The Assembly will be released on PlayStation 4 later this year, following the launch of PlayStation VR.