Jump Through Time To Save Humanity In VR Game ‘Wanderer’
Explore the moon, hang with Tesla, and perform on stage for thousands in this time-pending puzzle adventure.
Calling all time travelers! Wanderer is a VR adventure game that will have you jumping throughout history to prevent the collapse of our civilization. It won’t be easy, however, as every move you make in the past will have a dramatic impact. Will you follow the history books or alter the past in hopes of creating a brighter future? Or are there bigger forces at play beyond your control?
Developed by New Zealand-based indie game studios M Theory and Oddboy in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment, Wanderer blends different types of gameplay—such as escape room-style puzzles, tactical hands-on interactions, and thrilling arcade sequences—to immerse you in what promises to be an epic time-traveling adventure.
Don’t expect this adventure to be a one-and-done adventure, however. The creators—who pulled inspiration from classic sci-fi time travel shows like the cheesy yet iconic Quantum Leap and the sinister Netflix series Dark—confirmed that Wanderer will be a three-part game series.
As you travel through time, you’ll find yourself participating in a variety of memorable moments throughout history, from performing on-stage for a massive audience of hippies and working alongside Nikola Tesla, to defending ancient civilizations from invasion and unraveling covert messages amidst the historic space race.
“We wanted to explore a unique mechanic that would really bring to life the feel of time travel” said Ben Markby, co-Creative Director on Wanderer, in an official press release, adding, “In Wanderer you not only play as a fictional character, you also embody a variety of characters throughout the game – featuring some very well-known icons from history.”
Thankfully, you won’t be alone in your time-traveling endeavors. After all, the fate of the world is in your hands, so you’re going to need some help. Much like how Quantum Leap’s Dr. Sam Beckett had Ziggy, a self-aware artificial intelligence parallel hybrid computer, you’ll also have a companion throughout your adventure.
Eugene Eastlake, Co-Creative Director of Wanderer, said, “It’s easy to find yourself quite alone in VR so we created a unique in-game companion in the form of an unusual wristwatch that helps create a sense of comradery as you venture through the game together.”
Not only does your wristwatch companion offer you help as you make your way through the game, but it’s also how you jump through time. Visually, it’s one of the most impressive time-traveling sequences I’ve seen in a VR game.
Wanderer is due for release Q3 2021 on PlayStation®VR, Oculus, and SteamVR headsets.
Feature Image Credit: M Theory, Oddboy