While some could argue that Sony’s support of PlayStation VR has slowed since the device launched late last year, there are still some exciting virtual reality games in the pipeline for PlayStation 4. One such game is a promising prequel to Until Dawn called The Inpatient, which now has a brief story trailer and a November 21st release date.
The Inpatient is set 60 years before the events of Until Dawn, and takes place in the Blackwood Sanatorium, a location explored in the original game as well as the PSVR on-rails shooter spinoff, Rush of Blood. The new story trailer sets the stage for what players can expect from the game as they take on the role of an amnesic inpatient who is trying to figure out who they are and why they have been committed to Blackwood.
As players brave the horrors of the Blackwood Sanatorium, they will be tasked with making a number of important choices that will influence the narrative. According to Supermassive Games, The Inpatient will have multiple endings, though the story trailer itself doesn’t really give much of an indication as to where the plot will go beyond its initial premise.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about The Inpatient, including how it will connect to the wider Until Dawn universe beyond its setting, but more answers should come to light in the coming months. In the meantime, the game seems to be Sony’s premiere PlayStation VR title for the holiday season, which reinforces the company’s faith in its fairly new Until Dawn IP.
Even though the original Until Dawn launched just two years ago, The Inpatient will be the third game in the franchise. Even so, neither it nor Until Dawn: Rush of Blood play like the original game, and some fans may be ready to see Supermassive Games return to its original concept. Unfortunately, the studio seems too busy with PSVR projects like The Inpatient and Hidden Agenda at the moment, and the last we heard, Until Dawn 2 wasn’t in active development.
Even though Until Dawn 2 may not currently be in development at Supermassive Games, Sony has shown faith in the IP, especially when it comes to supporting its PlayStation VR headset. And considering Until Dawn‘s strong sales, a full-fledged sequel seems like an inevitability, though it may be put in the hands of a studio other than Supermassive Games.
The Inpatient will launch on November 21st, exclusively for PlayStation VR.