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The Assembly Assembled, VR Morality Game Out Now

The Assembly

When I was a child “The Assembly” meant the place where you sat in rows and half-listened to your headmaster reading from a short story about silent fields of beetroot and working out how to communicate with the person in front of you without getting caught. Young people nowadays will think it means a VR morality game set in a secret bunker.

Oh. ALSO The Assembly [official site] is out now. I should probably have led with that. Here’s a trailer:

This was my favourite part of the trailer but I think that was because I paused it and thought really hard about a version of Holby City but starring birds and a bird doctor would revive the dead bird and then put on the bird stethoscope and go on his rounds. He would be called Charlie Featherhead.

The Assembly

I’m wary of games/scenarios which bill themselves as revolving around moral choices as that can end up so heavy-handed. The trailer literally has the line “There’s no right answer to this is there?” in it. BUT I am very interested to know how a “long-form game designed from the ground up for VR” has actually turned out in terms of movement and menus and things. You can, however, play it in non-VR. Flatscreen? Is that what we’re calling that? It’s flatscreen-enabled.

It’s on the Steam Store or Oculus Home for $29.99 / €24.99 / £19.99. The non-VR option is £14.99, by the way and you can get the VR unlock for £5.

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