By the look of it, 2023 is going to be an exciting year for virtual reality (VR) fans. There are plenty of videogames on the horizon, most notably for the imminent release of Sony PlayStation VR 2 (PSVR2). While PSVR2 has an exciting selection of launch games listed, there’s one due later in the year we’re really excited for, Behemoth from Skydance Interactive.
One of the main reasons to keep an eye out for Behemoth is the studio itself. Skydance Interactive has already cemented itself as an AAA VR developer, all thanks to The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners games. These have thrown players into the zombie-filled streets of New Orleans, offering visceral, physical gameplay. This bodes very well for Behemoth, with some titanic battles to wage.
Not much is known about the narrative currently. Skydance has only mentioned that players will: “Take on the role of a diseased wanderer lost in the frigid Forsaken Lands.” What these lands contain is another matter entirely.
This is likely to be an epic solo adventure like Elden Ring, Skyrim and Ico. A fantasy world where you’ll never fully know the wanderer’s story. As you are lost within these frigid realm’s survival isn’t purely physical, it is mental as well. As hinted in the cinematic trailer, there are going to be points in Behemoth where your mind may come to breaking point, switching between the real and surreal. Quite possibly in a similar fashion to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
Behemoth is a battle for survival, not only against the elements but the deadly inhabitants of the Forsaken Lands that hide in caves or towers above. It looks like you’ll encounter plenty of deadly warriors as you explore this wintery hellscape.
Like all the best VR adventures, combat is going to be physical and life-like. This is sword and shield territory, where you’ll have to block, parry and carefully time your attacks when dealing with single or multiple foes. With life-like physics comes weight and stamina mechanics. A huge sword may deal powerful attacks, but it’ll be slow and cumbersome to wield. Skydance Interactive will likely offer a range of weaponry to suit different playing styles.
However, Behemoth’s main draw will be the battles with the colossi, mountainous creatures that won’t conform to standard fighting disciplines. The studio hasn’t unveiled how these mechanics will work yet the trail does display the wanderer swinging from a rope mid-engagement. This should make for highly vertical combat, where you’ll need to find a way to assail these beasts before landing fatal blows.
Combat will undoubtedly be brutal, yet Behemoth also hints at exploratory gameplay. You’ll be able to “travel through strange, otherworldly environments” notes the studio, and there’s even mention of a hookshot type tool. This will aid in climbing tall peaks as well as the giants.
If combat utilises like-like physics, then the locomotion will too. You’ll probably have to find ledges to clamber up and seemingly impassable terrain to navigate. One big unknown is whether the videogame is an open world, giving you as much freedom as possible to immerse yourself in this experience.
When and where
Behemoth on PSVR2 doesn’t have a release date, merely windowed for 2023. That’s the same for the Meta Quest 2 edition.
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