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Elijah Wood Launching Creepy VR Game ‘Transference’

Ubisoft and Elijah Wood are making a VR game about hacking your brain.

Leave it up to Elijah Wood and the folks over at Ubisoft to combine entertainment and gaming into an immersive psychological thriller experience that leaves you more unsettled than when you started.

At least that’s the creepy vision Ubisoft is teasing with their new virtual reality title, Transference. Created in partnership with Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision, the short trailer launched during E3 is pretty vague.

We want you to take off the gear and still feel unsettled.  – Lisa Whalen, SpectreVision CEO

What we can take away from the trailer’s description is that you will get to “lose yourself in the destructive tale of a man’s obsession as you explore his digitally recreated memories.” There will be secrets to discover and family history evidence to collect—all while you decide how to repair their lives.

Transference is a multi-branching narrative story where your actions determine what you will experience in VR, or in this case, the fate of your family. You will be able to experience unique perspectives of each family member, all in an attempt to piece together some sort of mystery.

All quite vague. And if you want to confuse yourself even more, watch their launch trailer below.

Transference, starring Macon Blair (Blue Ruin, Green Room), is scheduled to release in spring 2018 on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

This is not Wood’s first foray into VR. The actor helped Oculus Story Studio win an Emmy last year by voicing Henry in the VR animated short about a lovable hedgehog who longs for friendship but scares away other animals with his spikiness.

Once Transference hits a VR headset near you, Wood could be responsible for bringing us not only the most kid-friendly VR experience to date, but also the creepiest. But maybe that’s the point and just what VR needs—extremes or go home.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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