This is a factor I wasn’t anticipating to be penning this (or, certainly, any) week: Invoice Murray’s high-concept 1993 comedy automobile Groundhog Day is getting a sequel. And it is arriving within the type of a digital actuality sport.
As announced over the weekend, developer Tequila Softworks – beforehand chargeable for fascinating VR murder mystery Invisible Hours and the sublime Rime – has been laborious at work turning Groundhog Day right into a digital actuality expertise for Oculus Rift, Vive, and PlayStation VR.
Maybe unsurprisingly, Murray’s Groundhog Day character, Phil Connors, will not be the main target this time round. As an alternative, that position falls to his son, Phil Connors Jr – who, similar to daddy (the sequel is subtitled Like Father Like Son), finds himself trapped within the city of Punxsutawney, destined to repeat the identical day again and again.
As you’d count on, Groundhog Day the sport is structured round that point loop, with Tequila Softworks promising a “deep branching narrative gameplay and full interplay with all NPCs” as gamers try to interrupt freed from their ever-repeating day.
Curiously, it feels like Groundhog Day will construct on the mechanics of Tequila Softworks’ Invisible Hours, which considerably resembled an immersive theatre manufacturing, enabling contributors to roam round an extravagant mansion, eavesdropping on its inhabitants (and homicide suspects) as occasions unfolded in real-time – all in a bid to seek out out whodunnit.
In Groundhog day: Like Father Like Son, nonetheless, the developer says it “wished to go a step additional by making the participant an lively, disruptive aspect within the story, giving them extra narrative decisions to have a key affect on the storyline.” And actually, as unlikely an endeavour as the entire thing initially sounds, I am really fairly intrigued by the entire thing – particularly given the teaser trailer’s apparent panache.
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is due out a while this 12 months, and Tequila Softworks says it’s going to be revealing extra particulars quickly.