Transference brings two creative companies together to create a VR thriller

The psychological thriller Transference was announced during Ubisoft’s Press Conference at E3 2017 last week. The game is being developed for VR, console, and PC through a collaboration between FunHouse, a division of Ubisoft Montreal, and SpectreVision, a production company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and John C. Waller. “The opportunity to work with SpectreVision to create a game with rich characters and an intimate yet multi-branching narrative was impossible to pass up,” said Caroline Martin, Executive Director, FunHouse, Ubisoft Montreal. Transference is scheduled to release in spring 2018 on PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift, as well as Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

The game is set inside a digital recreation of a mind, and is partially inspired by real-life research that measures brain waves in an effort to visually recreate dreams. Players will seek to uncover the mysteries concealed by a family and the home they live in. As they explore the house, players will meet the members of the family, each with their own perspective and memories. How the player chooses to proceed will have consequences that affect the fate of the family.

“The game is a thrilling mixture of both our experience in story-telling and Ubisoft’s unparalleled skill at crafting deeply immersive worlds,” said Elijah Wood, Creative Director, SpectreVision. “We jumped at the chance of working in VR with Ubisoft and we believe we have a beautiful and haunting game that will really resonate with players, even after they’ve taken off their headset.”

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For more on Transference, be sure to check out our interviews with the SpectreVision team in the video embedded above. Transference is slated to release in spring 2018 on PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift, as well as Xbox One, PS4, and PC. For more on this and all the Ubisoft games from E3 2017, check out Ubisoft Blog’s extensive coverage.

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Transference™ is a psychological thriller and the first game collaboration between SpectreVision and Ubisoft Montreal. Bridging the gap between movies and games, we invite you to lose yourself in the destructive tale of a man’s obsession as you explore his digitally recreated memories. Experience the limits of techno-psychology and escape a maze-like puzzle concealing a corrupted truth. Get projected into the digital consciousness of troubled case subjects and maybe you will influence their fate.
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Chris Watters loves to captain tall ships, drive motorbikes off cliffs, and fight cassowaries. Video games have made his life a lot more manageable. He is a former host and writer at GameSpot, the author of The Gamer's Bucket List, and now a Communications Specialist for Ubisoft. Follow him on Twitter at @CTWatters.