'Transference' From Elijah Wood Is the VR Horror Game We've Been Waiting Fo

Frodo wants to scare the heck out of you in VR.

Elijah Wood wants to bring gamers to virtual reality horror and back again. At E3 2018, Ubisoft unveiled a fresh look at its new VR game, Transference, a collaboration with film studio SpectreVision co-founded by actor Elijah Wood,

On Monday, during Ubisoft’s E3 presentation, Wood appeared on stage along with SpectreVision partners Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and Lisa Whalen to present Transference, a sci-fi horror/thriller that will be released on “both VR and traditional gaming platforms” in fall 2018.

The game’s setting is experiment conducted by troubled scientist and father, Raymond (Macon Blair, Green Room) who uses the brain data of his wife and son, Benjamin to suck them into his technological nightmare.

What results is a creepy experience (and probably the worst family therapy session of all time) as Transference shifts between the perspectives of each family member. Players will solve puzzles as they explore the disturbing lives of this family in distress. Little else is known about the game, but the trailer, which features a mix of live-action footage and in-game rendered environments, undoubtedly promises a very unnerving experience.

There have been many horror VR games, like Dark Days, Here They Lie, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and the demo Kitchen, but Transference is tonally right in line with films from SpectreVision, including 2013’s LFO, 2014’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and the 2018 action-horror film Mandy.

Will Transference finally cement VR as the one horror medium to rule them all? We’ll see.

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Transference will be released on VR and gaming platforms in fall 2018.

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