The Psychonauts VR game, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin launched today on PlayStation VR for $19.99. It’s a first-person adventure puzzle game as a standalone VR installment in the Psychonauts series. It will help bridge the gap between the first Psychonauts and the upcoming Psychonauts 2, though it’s primarily just a fun VR game set in the Psychonauts universe.
Players will control Raz and use his psychic powers to affect the world and solve puzzles, explore the environment, telekinetically move things around, or set them on fire with pyrokinesis. Honestly, it sounds like the kind of game VR is good for, adventure puzzles that put you directly in the midst of the action without requiring you to wear that bulky headgear for hours. The change from 3D platformer to adventure puzzle game makes sense when you consider the VR aspect, but will make it an interesting bridge between Psychonauts and Psychonauts 2.
The launch trailer is below, while the making of video is here. Even if you have no interest of playing the Rhombus of Ruin, the making of is an interesting look at the challenges of developing a game for VR, which is honestly worth the 16 minutes of your life watching it will take. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more VR coming from Double Fine.
Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2 will be published by Starbreeze Studios and is slated for release in 2018. More about that can be found here, while Starbreeze’s fourth quarter earnings and results can be found here.