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THE FOREST Brings Virtual Survival Horror to the Oculus Rift

Imagine you’re the main character of The Forest. You’re stuck in a flying aluminum tube filled with smelly strangers for hours on end. The peanuts and half-can of Diet Coke have overstayed their welcome, and you’re getting antsy. This flight is eternal. Sleep is impossible with the kid behind you kicking your seat. The plane suddenly lurches down violently. The pilot, with his droll Southern accent, informs you “they’ll be some slight turb-you-lance,” announcing each syllable like a chore.

It’s not slight. The right engine of the plane bursts into flaming red and plastic masks drop from the ceiling. The world spins. You didn’t pay attention during the demonstration, but you somehow get the mask on. You watch the storm clouds rise above the fiery engine, forks of lightning everywhere. Trees grow in size as the roar and the screams grow louder. You don’t even remember the plane striking the treeline. Darkness.

You awake, a miraculous survivor. That kid behind you, the one you cursed for kicking your seat, isn’t so lucky. The night is pitch black, slightly cold and damp. The dark shapes of trees and strange sounds surround you. Just you. Only you.

What do you do?

That’s the premise of the upcoming survival horror game The Forest. It’s an open world, survival horror game where you scrounge to survive against the elements, your own fears, and cannibalistic cave dwelling humanoids. The trailer looks impressive enough: a haunting, tense atmosphere in a lush forest environment.

The game will also be modified to support the Oculus Rift VR headset, and with the right set of in-game tools, I can see this increasing the immersion immensely. Check out a recent demo did with the Razer Hydra controller and the Oculus Rift:

Imagine having to physically rub two sticks together to start a fire, or lift your hands up to chop wood, or even the simple act of flicking the Hydra’s analog stick to get your lighter going. The possibilities are as open-ended as the game’s world promises. There’s not much info about the game other than the trailer and a brief chat with Polygon, but for regular dev blog updates, head over to The Forest‘s website.

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Not exactly the summer camp you were expecting.

The Forest is expected to release a paid alpha build sometime in 2013 for PC and Oculus Rift. You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight. The VR Headset is not expected to be required, but compatible with the game.


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