Today, at the Meta Showcase, publisher Vertigo Games and co-developers Vertigo Studios Rotterdam and Exkee unveiled their thrilling new project: The 7th Guest VR. This virtual-reality reimagining of the interactive mystery puzzle adventure, that helped revolutionize PC gaming, is to the Meta Quest 2, Quest 3 and PC VR later this year.
As Bill Gates astutely put it, The 7th Guest marked “the new standard in interactive entertainment” back when the original game launched in the mid-90s. Developed by Trilobyte and Virgin Interactive Entertainment, The 7th Guest was a pioneer in leveraging CD-ROM technology. The game garnered millions of fans globally due to its impressive pre-rendered 3D graphics, mature narrative, and use of live-action video clips to enhance its storytelling.
Now, the beloved dark mystery returns, entirely reimagined for VR gameplay and featuring additional enhancements to create the definitive way to experience The 7th Guest.
“I can still remember being mesmerized when I played the original. It all felt so real to me. And so mysterious! Being able to bring that iconic game to VR is a dream come true and I can’t wait to share the result with everyone”, says Game Director, Paul van der Meer.
Through innovative VR gameplay and the interpolation of live-action, volumetric storytelling, The 7th Guest VR invites players into a grandiose mansion filled with cryptic secrets and challenging puzzles, as they attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the estate’s sinister owner, the toymaker Henry Stauf.
Other key gameplay elements include:
- Volumetric Storytelling: The 7th Guest VR employs cutting-edge ghostly volumetric video capture with 3D live-action graphics and exquisite performances that help tell an visceral & haunting story.
- A Narrative Legacy: Featuring the original story as written by Matthew J. Costello, The 7th Guest VR brings back characters like Martine Burden, Brian Dutton, Edward & Elinor Knox and others, as well as some surprise appearances.
- Expertly-crafted VR Puzzle Gameplay: All-new puzzles that have been carefully redesigned to take full advantage of the technological possibilities of VR. The mansion’s many puzzles are all meaningfully connected to the main story, and use recognizable aesthetic elements to pay homage to the original.
- Dynamic VR Environments: The 7th Guest mansion awakens, as the environments are vividly realized with high-end visuals and VR-powered optical illusions. This immersive approach lets players delve into every corner of the haunted mansion, and see how it changes around them as they unlock intricate puzzles and unveil cryptic clues.