Déraciné got a bit of a rough deal at E3 2018. This PlayStation VR exclusive developed by FromSoftware was announced just after Sony's main press conference was over, and what could otherwise have been an interesting and memorable reveal was somewhat overshadowed. However, a new post on the PlayStation Blog delves into some details about this curious virtual reality adventure.
You play as an invisible faerie in Déraciné as you navigate through an old-fashioned boarding school that's been frozen in time. You'll be able to interact with objects and inhabitants of the school, poking and prodding at the setting to uncover its story.
Hidetaka Miyazaki of FromSoftware says that the team wanted to develop a title for VR, but it also wanted to return to the type of game it used to make. "We actually released a lot of adventure games prior to our more recent reputation for action titles," Miyazaki explains. "For example, we released one called Echo Knight. We didn’t want to just bring that back, but at the same time we knew that we had heritage in adventure games. So that gave us the opportunity to start having an internal conversation about what we could do within that genre, while at the same time looking at VR – and the two ideas meshed well."
Despite being a completely different experience to that of its more recent work, Déraciné maintains that melancholy vibe found in Dark Souls and Bloodborne. It'll also feature similar storytelling techniques to encourage exploration. However, Miyazaki says that this game will be a more lighthearted affair, aiming to deliver some "joy and happiness" to players despite the setting and muted art style.
There's much more on the PlayStation Blog, so be sure to check it out. It's a very intriguing project, and we can't wait to find out more. Are you looking forward to Déraciné on PlayStation VR? Ponder why it wasn't part of Sony's main presser in the comments below.