Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision & Ubi making Transference

When actor Elijah Wood appeared on screen during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, his little face wedged between scenes with banks of old TVs and weird technology, I briefly though Ubi were making a game based on the unexpectedly great Dirk Gently series off Netflix. Nope! Wood was there to gab about Transference [official site], a collaboration between Ubi and the production company he co-founded, SpectreVision.

Transference is a “psychological thriller” jacking into the digitally-recreated memories of a family to explore (and maybe alter) how they their lives got muffed up. Despite what this E3 trailer might suggest, virtual reality goggles are not mandatory:

Ooh they do go on, don’t they. Let’s turn to the documents Ubisoft have dumped.

“In Transference players will live the reconstructed memories of a family, trying to peace each of their stories together,” Ubisoft say. They expand:

“Players will navigate a digital recreation of the mind, working to unfold the secrets of a home concealing a corrupted truth. While exploring and solving the mysteries of the house, players will cross paths with a family, each member with a story and a unique perspective on events buried in their memories. Every choice made by the player will have consequences and influence the family’s fate.”

What do we actually do? Ubi say:

“The mechanics of Transference will feel approachable to those who live narrative based games with puzzles; you are free to explore, discover and interact with objects. At first glance, the interactivity may seem simple, but what makes it unique is the ability to change your perspective of the world and influence events through space and time adds great depth and challenge. But it’s vital that moment to moment interaction is simple so players can immerse themselves in the storytelling and unfold the mystery of Transference.”

It’s funny, seeing idea from small independent games get picked up by mainstream games years later.

Oh! I thought the name SpectreVision sounded familiar. They were the production company of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and The Greasy Strangler. I’m more interested now. (The Greasy Strangler could be painfully try-hard, mind.)

Ubisoft call Transference a “true collaboration” between themselves and SpectreVision (which also includes Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and Lisa Whalen), with the teams bouncing bits back and forth daily. They say this is the first collaboration, suggesting more might follow.

Transference is due in spring 2018. As much as Ubisoft gab about virtual reality in relation to Transference (it’ll support Vive and Rift), it won’t require goggs – screenfolk are welcome too.


  1. Mungrul says:

    I’m glad someone else out there enjoyed the Netflix Dirk Gently.
    Kitten shark!

    And this looks like it could be interesting too. Although my tolerance for scary games has significantly decreased in recent years.

    • igotasweetass says:

      Dirk Gently is a BBC America show, NOT Netflix.

      • Nova says:

        But everything on Netflix is a Netflix show, don’t you know that?

      • DEspresso says:

        I for one enjoyed the Dirk Gently series /w Mangan but that’s not it is it?

        • Scurra says:

          No, the Woods show was a different attempt at it. They’re both good, in very different ways; I think the UK (Mangan) version was closer to the books but the US version has the space to be a little more ambitious. Certainly the US version has some ideas that Adams himself would have definitely embraced.

  2. April March says:

    Their Story?
    Stories Untold without the 80’s tech fetishism?
    The parts of Remember Me that the action game had to be bolted on so publishers would fund it?

    Anyway, I’m making fun of it, but I like it. It sounds interesting and unsettling. Even more unsettling is how Ubisoft is keen to take on the ‘evil corp’ persona they’ve created for themselves in the AC games.

    • smashfalcon says:

      Hey what was that thing you quoted the other day about “so we worshiped thirst” from?

  3. keefybabe says:

    What Elijah Wood from Lord of the Rings looks like now is shocking.

  4. rondertaker says:

    the greasy strangler is a monumental achievement in gonzo grozzny terror and awkward horror and i respect it highly.

  5. FredSaberhagen says:

    You won’t believe his IQ!

  6. keefybabe says:

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