Incredible Promise On Oculus Quest

This upcoming narrative-driven VR recreation proves it’s one to be careful for on the Venice Movie Pageant. Learn on for our The Final Employee preview!

The Final Employee stands other than every part else in competitors for this yr’s Venice VR efforts. Not like the numerous brief movies and experiences it’s battling towards, that is only a taster of a wider narrative – extra of an E3 demo than a completed complete. I don’t envy the judges that must weigh this slice up towards heavy hitters just like the Tilda Swinton-narrated Goliath however, for what it’s price, I believe The Final Employee would get my vote.

The Final Employee Preview: Trailer

Treasured little has been shared about this joint effort from Oiffy and Wolf & Wooden outdoors of an ominous trailer and yesterday’s reveal of a voice solid that features Jason Isaacs. And, whereas it’s nonetheless arduous to pin down precisely what The Final Employee is, the demo peels again just some layers of the general bundle. You’re Kurt (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), a world-weary, long-serving employee for the Jungle company, which is a gigantic and largely autonomous supply outfit (and no, the real-life inspiration isn’t precisely ambiguous). After we open, it doesn’t appear like issues are going too nicely for our hero. To be particular, he’s rampaging by what appears like a warehouse in a large mech, swatting drones and punching by partitions. Not your common day on the workplace, then.

It’s an actual report scratch “Yup, that’s me” second earlier than we’re whisked off to a different phase that appears to type the majority of the sport. Right here, Kurt meets a defective Jungle companion bot, Skew (Isaacs), that insists on taking him by the first-day tutorial to function the hovering craft he commandeers, regardless that it’s clear Kurt has been on the job slightly too lengthy.

That’s a whirlwind overview, however there’s lots of parts inside these 10 minutes that make The Final Employee one to look at in 2022. The sport has an assured confidence to its storytelling and a excessive degree of manufacturing that feels uncommon in VR proper now. For starters, it straight up appears higher than most video games I’ve performed on Oculus Quest (it’s coming to SteamVR and flatscreen too), even when that’s all the way down to its handpainted artwork route. It permits the groups to get way more out of the visuals than we’re used to seeing on Quest, from the exaggerated wrinkles lining Kurt’s brow to the tiny particulars adorning his craft and making it really feel like an actual, lived-in car.

It helps, too, that the sport’s design is extremely immersive. Controlling the craft from a seated perspective generally is a little nausea-inducing (I needed to flip the consolation settings to average), however helped me transfer by the setting convincingly, and the lonely halls of the Jungle depot present nice moments of awe-inspiring scale. Largely, although, I’m to see the place author/director Jörg Tittel takes the sport’s story. We’re solely given hints, however The Final Employee appears to have the makings of one thing memorable, unafraid to modify up views and ship narrative sequences in new and sudden methods which can be distinctive to VR and all from inside a world I’m genuinely curious to discover.

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I’m extra cautious as to how The Final Employee will work as a recreation, although. The opening motion phase, wherein a weaponized mech mimics your arm actions, positively works nicely however overstays its welcome after a couple of minutes. The second phase, in the meantime, doesn’t give a lot of a way of what you’ll ‘do’ within the recreation. Controlling the crafts feels immersive and convincing, however will many of the recreation merely be about following Skew? Or are there extra parts to it?

Numerous strands to comply with, then, making it robust to say something too definitive about The Final Employee because it stands. However the recreation’s decisive give attention to narrative and immersion, combined with top-notch manufacturing have me hopeful that the builders have one thing particular on their fingers. We’ll have to attend till subsequent yr to seek out out for positive.

The Final Employee arrives in 2022 for Oculus Quest, PC VR and flatscreen gadgets. What did you make of our The Final Employee preview? Tell us within the feedback beneath!

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