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Elijah Wood is making a creepy-looking VR game about brain uploads

Elijah Wood is making a creepy-looking VR game about brain uploads

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Ubisoft Montreal and Elijah Wood’s film studio SpectreVision are working on a virtual reality “psychological thriller” called Transference. We don’t know much about the game, but its trailer combines modern VR imagery with shades of ‘80s techno-horror. It’s apparently about a world where human memories can be digitally recreated, and players navigate “the maze-like puzzle of an impossible home” in a branching narrative about a man and his troubled family. It will star Macon Blair, who starred in indie films Green Room and Blue Ruin before directing dark revenge comedy I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore.

Transference will be supported on Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive. But unlike Ubisoft’s last VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew, it’s also available outside VR on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Building something that works on both mediums could be hard, and we don’t know what the game will look like or how it’ll be played. But it’s supposed to be coming out in the spring of 2018.

SpectreVision —co-founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller — is the studio behind horror film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Bitch, one of the weirdest films we saw at Sundance this year. Wood previously narrated the Emmy Award-winning Henry, an animated short from Oculus’ now-shuttered VR film studio. This looks like a much darker take on virtual reality, although at this point, it could turn out to be just about anything.