This is Erik Odeldahl, Creative Director at Fast Travel Games. Last week, we released our new VR horror gameWraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife on the Oculus Quest and Rift Platforms. While the focus is mainly on exploration and storytelling, it has also been our objective to scare those of you brave enough to enter the Afterlife. While you play the game as a Wraith—a spirit of the dead with supernatural abilities—there are still far more sinister beings trailing your footsteps...
Here are five tips to help you succeed as you work your way through the Barclay Mansion, gradually revealing the mystery surrounding your own death:
1. If you get lost, use your sharpened senses.
The Barclay Mansion is huge with many interconnected floors and rooms, and the outdoor area is as pompous as you would expect from the residence of an old Hollywood movie producer. Early in the game, you’ll acquire one of the Wraith abilities called Sharpened Senses. If you ever feel lost or clueless as to what to do next, activating this ability makes the veins in your arms glow if you are heading towards your current objective. It can also help you track the movement of other spirits inside the mansion, improving your chances of not being seen.
2. The spectres can hear you.
Spectres are spirits of mortals who died in especially violent circumstances. They now roam the Barclay Mansion and its surroundings, and they really don’t like you being there. As you come into the vicinity of a Spectre, it’s wise not to let it see you. But it’s equally important not to let it hear you. Don’t run unless you have to, and make sure you’re not stepping on something that makes loud noises... like broken glass still lying on the floor in the Atrium as remnants of a premiere party.
3. Listen to your Shadow, but don’t trust everything it says.
You know that little voice in the back of your head telling you to do things you really shouldn’t do? For a Wraith, that voice is all too real. A manifestation of Ed Miller’s dark subconscious, the Shadow will be your in-game companion and narrator. The Shadow speaks to you, reveals things to you which might be helpful sometimes—but think carefully about whether you should trust everything he says...
4. Use the items in your inventory.
Apart from the different Wraith abilities you will unlock, you also have an inventory with items that were important to Ed Miller in his life, or to other characters. Your camera, for example, lets you capture memories of other guests in the house. The flash can light up dark areas but also be used as a way to fend off the Spectres if they come a little too close...
5. Spend some time in the Memory Palace.
The Memory Palace is a place you can visit from the save points in the game, to relax a little from the horrors and calmly go through the items you’ve collected. By reviewing the background story and piecing the puzzle together, you’ll gradually come to understand what actually happened at that dreadful seance where it all went wrong. While you don’t have to find every item to complete the game, doing so could also help you realize how to best handle the horrors that are lurking around.
These tips won’t help you survive in the game since, well, you’re already dead... but hopefully they will aid you as you make your way through the Afterlife and uncover the truth that lies deep within the rotten heart of the Barclay Mansion.
See you in the world beyond the Shroud!