Edge of Nowhere

Insomniac's Lovecraftian VR Adventure Hits This June
by Brian Shea on Apr 18, 2016 at 03:01 AM
Publisher: Insomniac Games
Developer: Insomniac Games
Release: 2016
Rating: Rating Pending
Platform: PC

Insomniac has revealed a release date for its first foray into virtual reality, Edge of Nowhere. The Lovecraft-inspired adventure is set to come to the Oculus Rift on June 6.

Edge of Nowhere blends third-person action with horror and adventure elements to present a unique experience for virtual reality. When we asked Brian Allgeier why the team decided to make a third-person game for platform that lends so well to first-person games, he told us it came down to a few key factors.

"In our experience in playing some of the first-person games that were modified to work for VR, we found that over extended periods of time, we’d start to feel motion sickness," he says. "That was because you’re rotating your body when you don’t feel like you’re rotating. With a third-person game, you can move the hero left, right, backwards, and forwards and we’re not rotating your viewpoint. It turned out that was a huge benefit. We also really like to do third-person games. That’s pretty much been our bread and butter with Sunset Overdrive, Ratchet & Clank, going all the way back to Spyro. So we really like being able to see a character on-screen with all the detail that looks great in VR. You can really empathize with what the character is going through. You see something happen with a character and it triggers these mirror neurons in our brains and makes us feel what they’re feeling, so we like that sort of empathy."

For more on Edge of Nowhere, check out our behind-the-scenes look at the game