Ubisoft's psychological thriller Transference ditches VR requirement, is coming this fall

Transference, the "mind-bending psycho-thriller" announced at the start of 2016 by Ubisoft and Elijah Wood's SpectreVision, will be out this fall, Ubi announced during today's E3 press event. And it won't just be a VR game, as it was originally announced: Wood and game director Benoit Richer said during the show that it's also coming to traditional platforms. 

The game is a first-person exploration adventure about a family struggling with some serious issues, set inside a corrupted simulation created by a brilliant but "troubled" scientist named Raymond. From the perspective of different family members—the simulation is constructed from the "brain data" of Raymond, his wife, and their young son—you'll move through their home, discover their secrets, and collect the evidence you need to repair their lives.   

"In this truly first-person narrative mystery it is you who will explore the story of a family told through the walls of their home," the Transference website explains, sort of. "This is no RPG, you stumble into Raymond's experiment with your own experience and must interpret  events for yourself." 

Which is not the most succinct description of a game ever, I admit, but I think it's safe to say (especially given that trailer) that it's going to be weird, and hopefully interesting too. Transference is also listed on Steam, but is not yet available for pre-purchase.   

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.