The Assembly: Press Previews Round-Up
Nothing beats the thrill of observing the reactions from real gamers when you’ve been working away on a project behind closed doors. That’s why we’ve all been very excited over the last few days as the first hands-on impressions have started to filter through from the world’s gaming press.
We popped God is a Geek's VR cherry when they tried out The Assembly recently and to say we had an impact would be a bit of an understatement. "Right now, I wish I could play The Assembly again...,” they wrote. ”With smooth gameplay and a calm yet immersive atmosphere making it a promising launch title for VR headsets and a likely hit with VR virgins looking to ease themselves into an enthralling new era of gaming." Read how they became members of the VR club here: My First VR Experience: Playing The Assembly Blew my Mind.
Similarly, Kotaku very much enjoyed their experience of The Assembly, even admitting that “it’s the first VR game I can see myself spending hours playing in a single sitting”. They wrote that “[with VR] there’s something wonderfully freeing about having complete head movement in a game. Suddenly, the mundane becomes fascinating”. So it seems that The Assembly didn’t fail to amaze, as Kotaku described it as “one of the most fascinating game experiences I’ve had all year”. Interested in what else Kotaku had to say? Follow this link: I Played a VR Adventure Game And Spent All My Time Looking Inside Mugs.
The Sixth Axis also had a lot of good things to say about the game, acknowledging that we “clearly have aspirations to create something that’s much more than just a technology showcase”. They wrote “some quite major efforts are being put into the world that they’re creating here”, and even added that “there’s a strength to some of the ideas behind it”. For the full preview, hit this link: Uncovering The VR Adventure Of The Assembly.
We think that the adventure game genre is a perfect fit for VR experiences and it seems Digital Spy agree with us. "From the snippets we played," they wrote, "there was a solid understanding of how the game can leverage the strengths of virtual reality." You can find their full write-up here: The Assembly to be a launch title for Vive, Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus
After experiencing what we had to offer, VR Focus came away impressed. They wrote, “drawing a line between gameplay design and technical achievement, The Assembly certainly hits many of the right notes”, even suggesting our creation has “[compared to other demos available for the Oculus Rift] significantly higher production values”. For VR Focus, it is obvious that “The Assembly has been born of a love for the medium”. You can read the preview in full here: Preview: The Assembly.
From the sounds of it, ShortList Magazine could barely believe their senses after their first play session with The Assembly. "An adventure game at its core, The Assembly has detail by the bucket-load," they wrote. "It doesn't so much hold you by the hand, but rather eases you in to the confusing, incredible experience." You can read read their hands-on impressions in full through this link: Is VR gaming all it's cracked up to be?
We also spoke with Polygon recently to share our thinking behind The Assembly and our ambitions for the game, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities we've found in designing for Virtual Reality headsets. You can the full Q&A with the team about what we hope will be “the first true 21st century adventure game” here: The Assembly: Making moral choices in VR.
Along with the press previews, The Assembly has been a hot topic among you guys, with several forum threads popping up to discuss opinions. From NeoGAF alone, the positive reactions have been trickling in, with comments such as “wow, game looks amazing”, “hitting all the right notes for me”, and “the trailer got me really excited”. To read the full discussion and to add your own opinion of our The Assembly trailer, click this link - The Assembly (Rift/Vive/Morpheus - now in UE4) trailer.
We’ll have more insights to share with you from our CEO, Patrick O’Luanaigh, before we head out to E3 in Los Angeles next, so keep an eye on our blog for further updates. In the meantime, feel free to ask us any questions via our forum on Reddit.