Introversion are releasing a new game called Scanner Sombre. The game's premise is simple: you have a headset and a scanner and you use them to navigate your pitch black surroundings. The release date is set for 26 April.
Introversion's Prison Architect, Uplink and the rest of the bunch are getting a little brother. Scanner Sombre is the developer's latest game for PC and it's launching this week. Or, to be as precise as one can be, 26 April, 3 pm BST.
The game made an appearance at EGX Rezzed this year, in the form of an "experimental tech demo". It was inspired in 2008 by Radiohead's video for the song "House of Cards".
Scanner Sombre is a creepy game about exploration and revealing your surroundings while in total darkness. You do this using an in - game VR headset made up of a helmet and a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner (roll credits).
With the help of the scanner you'll be able to "see" the environment you have been dropped in. It will show itself at the behest of the scanner, and it will do so in the form of many, many colourful dots painting you a picture of the area. The scanner also shows you the surfaces that are safe to walk across.
The game is designed to make you ask a lot of questions like: Where am I? Who am I? Who is the person with horns that made me soil my pants? and Where can I buy some underwear?
Scanner Sombre will also, hopefully, answer a lot of questions as well, and you won't even have to wait that long: the game is made to be played from start to finish during the course of one session.