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Feral Rites, The Unspoken revealed by Insomniac

Insomniac Games are truly living up to their name lately. Not only did they just release one of the best PS4 titles to date (along with an Xbox exclusive just over a year ago), the developer today added not one, but two more games into its 2016 line-up. But unlike previous efforts, Insomniac are aiming at gaming’s latest platform – Virtual Reality.

Insomniac actually already had a VR title in development prior to yesterday. Edge of Nowhere is a third-person adventure title coming exclusively to Oculus Rift in June, and it’s now being joined by two very different, very interesting titles. The first, named The Unspoken, pits two players to a magic duel online. The game works specifically with Oculus Touch, mapping hand movements to create specific spells in an extended game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Once you start getting better, you’ll be able to telegraph your opponents hand movements and hopefully whip up your own counter-spell Doctor Strange style. It’s one of the few multiplayer VR titles in development, and it looks like the most interesting yet.

But not as enticing as Feral Rites. The third-person melee brawling adventure title borrows some elements from the likes of The Legend of Zelda and God of War, mashing up brutal melee combat with some extensive exploration and backtracking through a dangerous world. Playing as either a male of female lead that can transform into a beast, Feral Rites fixes the camera to certain positions in each area, allowing you to get a better view with Oculus’ head-tracking.

Insomniac also says there’s a surprise in store for particularly brutal kills. Which should look spectacular in VR.

They both join the Antarctic horror Edge of Nowhere as Oculus Rift exclusives, which presents a strategy that no other massive AAA studio is tackling. Most large Western studios have yet to even wet their feet in the pools of VR, while Insomniac is changing up what types of titles they develop almost on a whim. But as long as they keep the quality as high as they have over more than a decade, you’ll hear no complaining from me.

Last Updated: April 19, 2016

12 Comments

  1. Gimmick

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    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 19, 2016 at 08:03

      HAHA!!

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      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 19, 2016 at 08:04

        Btw, loving that shotgun we extracted last night! 44k dmg

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        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          April 19, 2016 at 08:07

          Sheesh!! That’s bloody impressive!! I’ve been playing around with some of my gear now, that Tenebrae now does 130k DPS, the SCAR-L I got, 145k… What makes it worse is that it’s only two pieces of green/turquoise gear, the rest is all gold…

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          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 08:12

            My dude looks like an Oscar statue, all gold, but I started using that one green gear last night, the other 2 are more tech based, I’m focused on weapons and medical

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 19, 2016 at 08:14

            Same here, I need those HPs, I’ve been suffering way too long with being one-shot Mary…though I am loving the boosts the green gear provide, yoh!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 08:15

            I’m on 90k HP now, so I can take a few hits. Tech is like 11k, which is pathetic, but my weapon tree is now on about 78k

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 19, 2016 at 08:25

            There seems to be quite a trade off between rock hard bullet sponging and weapons that put nukes to shame, but it is understandable, can you imagine going up against someone that’s, well about as hardy as that APC? BTW, that was insane!! Luckily our team members were UBER ALLES!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 08:56

            Janee

  2. miaau

    April 19, 2016 at 09:18

    I downloaded Sunset Overdrive and look forward to playing it (of course, looking at Saints Row IV first – gotta love Games for Gold). Totally off topic.

    Bought a new R499 wifi modem / ADSL router, a totolink. So impressed, for the price is awesome. Suddenly, we connect to wifi with ping speeds of 3ms or lower instead of the several hundred the dlink thought was cool. Same number of devices connected. Our internet speed was made super slow by the WIFI, the first hop. Dlink worked fine for a few hours, then got slow.

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    • Dresden

      April 19, 2016 at 20:53

      Do you mind telling me what router that was. I’m looking for a new, cheap router.

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      • miaau

        April 19, 2016 at 21:01

        Totolink from takealot.com. r499 one, 300mbs speed one.

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