THE IN­PA­TIENT

De­vel­oper Su­per­mas­sive Games Pub­lisher SIE For­mat PSVR Re­lease TBA

EDGE - - SONY@E3 -

First came campy teen slasher Un­til Dawn, then PSVR hor­ror-coaster spin-off

Rush Of Blood – yet Su­per­mas­sive still isn’t done with the scares. It’s back to the but­ter­fly ef­fect for The In­pa­tient, a psy­cho­log­i­cal hor­ror set 60 years be­fore the events of Un­til Dawn in the Black­wood Sana­to­rium asy­lum in which Su­per­mas­sive’s BAFTA-win­ning hor­ror was par­tially set. If it doesn’t sound ter­ri­bly orig­i­nal, that’s be­cause it isn’t. Our demo soon re­veals the triple whammy of am­ne­siac pro­tag­o­nist, flash­backs and cheap (but ef­fec­tive) jump scares. Di­a­logue choices are made us­ing head-track­ing con­trols, with key de­ci­sions lead­ing to dif­fer­ent out­comes at the end of the three-hour run­time. There’s a glimmer of proper dread when our left ‘leg’ is punc­tured by a sy­ringe – but it’s not the first time we’ve had some­thing stabbed into our thigh in VR. Cap­com’s Kitchen demo still gives us night­mares; hope­fully Su­per­mas­sive has some­thing new to bring to Res­i­dent Evil 7’ s heav­ing ta­ble of vir­tual-re­al­ity horrors.

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