The blockbuster detective thriller gets its own VR rendition for the Vive in one of four new versions coming this November.
Remember that amazing neo-noir detective action-adventure game from the creators of GTA released back in 2011? If you do then you no doubt have fond memories of cruising through gorgeous post-war LA as you studied subtle facial tics of potential suspects. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, well, there’s never been a better time than right now as Rockstar has just announced 4 new versions of the original title coming to major consoles as well as a new experience built specifically for virtual reality.
In an announcement made earlier today via the official Rockstar website, the celebrated game publisher revealed four new versions of their 2011 hit LA Noire for major consoles including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. However the most interesting reveal has to be L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, a specialized rendition of the original game that recreates seven of the enthralling, self-contained cases specifically with VR in mind. Not much else is known about the interactive experience as of right now, except that it promises to blend the intense action and compelling storytelling that were present in the original.
“Set against the seedy and violent underbelly of 1940’s Los Angeles, L.A. Noire is the story of decorated veteran and newly minted detective Cole Phelps as he investigates an escalating series of cases inspired by real-world crimes. Each successfully solved case brings Phelps greater success, but also brings him closer to the dark criminal heart of post-war L.A.” via Rockstar Games.
No doubt this new version will take advantage of VR’s immersive capabilities to bring the game’s detailed facial expression mechanics to a whole new level. The title was famous at the time for its groundbreaking realistic facial capture, an element that should pair perfectly with virtual reality. Hopefully this VR experience proves to be a fully developed stand-alone game rebuilt for the immersive medium, rather than a rushed side-project littered with obvious limitations and tired gimmicks.
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files will be available for download via SteamVR on November 14th alongside the other major console releases.