Dark VR drama The Assembly is not what we expected from PlayStation Home developer nDreams

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 02:13 GMT

A tale of Bad Science from a team famous for making little hats.

The Assembly is a VR-optional interactive drama, available today. The virtual reality build goes for $30 on Steam or Oculus Home, while a standard version is available for $20 on various other platforms, too.

Described as “a narrative-driven, character-focused game in which you uncover a morally dubious organization”, The Assembly has players exploring a secret underground facility with immersion-focused movement controls. The story promises to present two perspectives on everything and leave you asking questions, and there are two playable protagonists.

While the game itself looks really interesting (check out the trailer above for a bunch of delightful Bad Science cues), what really caught my attention is the developer: nDreams. Although the studio has since refocused entirely on VR, nDreams was famous for making bank from PlayStation Home in the face of general skepticism of the platform’s viability. It made the Xi and Aurora modules, as well as a couple of rad apartments and tons of avatar items.

Is there something in the water in the UK that makes these little indie teams go from modest projects to much more expansive experiences? I’m thinking of Hello Games quietly pushing out Joe Danger games in order to amass the funds necessary for No Man’s Sky.

Anyway, The Assembly follows on from Gunner and Perfect Beach, nDreams’ earlier VR releases. It’s also coming to PlayStation VR when Sony’s headset launches.

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