Wanderer is VR puzzle adventure game that has players journey across time and space to prevent the collapse of human civilization as we know it. Every action that takes place in the past will have a drastic impact on the future. So the player can choose to either stick to the scripts of the history books or change the past in the attempts of creating a possibly brighter future.
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 the player in what promises to be an epic time-traveling adventure.
Wanderer places players in the shoes of Asher Neumann, who is thrust into a journey to an alternate apocalyptic future where they must find their grandfather’s lost apartment and the mysterious artifacts that lie within it. There, the player will discover a wristwatch, that acts as both their companion as well as their means to travel across time.
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.”
Players will be taken to different periods of time where they can be a participant in these pivot moments of history. They will take the role of covert counterintelligence in uncovering traitors in the dying days of an arms race as they crack codes during WW2. They must help with intricate machinery alongside frenzied inventor Nikola Tesla as they help prepare his world power machine. Taking the role of a rocker, they will take the stage in 1969 and give the performance of a lifetime to unite a generation. They will even have to defend a king and civilization from what seems to be an inevitable downfall in the 1500s.
“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.”
Wanderer is expected to release some time in Q3 2021 for the PSVR, Oculus, and SteamVR.