One of the most ambitious virtual reality (VR) projects to arrive in 2018 for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive was Multiverse Entertainment’s Seeking Dawn. A month after release the studio laid out a road map of future updates which included a PlayStation VR version by the end of the year. That was not to be, and this week the team have confirmed the port has been cancelled.
Multiverse Entertainment made the announcement via its Facebook page, stating:
“I have two announcements to make a good and a bad one. Let’s start with the bad one. Long term Multiverse supporters probably understand where this is going. After 6 months of hard work, sleepless nights and tons of frustration we are officially canceling [sic] the Seeking Dawn PSVR project. I know it’s a bummer, trust me we are even more frustrated than you guys are. We didn’t want to accept the obvious and tried our best to deliver on the promise. I have just one request, please be understanding guys, we are an indie company, a startup with somewhat limited resources, and believe me if we didn’t care about our community, we’d drop the project much earlier; honestly, we just didn’t want to disappoint. Seeking Dawn PSVR was a beautiful and ambitious dream, but unfortunately, one that will not come true, at least for the time being.”
The team went on to say: “The good news is we are working on the Seeking Dawn PC version. This time it’s not too ambitious, we are already alpha-testing. I played the demo myself and it’s awesome! Hope you will enjoy it as well as soon as it’s ready.”
It was always going to be a herculean effort to squeeze Seeking Dawn onto PlayStation VR. While many PC VR titles have managed to make the leap to PlayStation 4, Seeking Dawn was one of the most visually impressive VR experiences of 2018 – even if it did lack in other areas. VRFocus gave it three-stars in our review, commenting: “Seeking Dawn is the kind of title you have a love/hate relationship with. On the one hand when it works smoothly it’s a really fun and beautiful VR experience to play, with masses of content and hours and hours of gameplay. Unfortunately, it’s not perfect, with plenty of repetition and glitches that need finessing.”
All Generations Love It. While some critics view virtual reality as something only young people like, it turns out that even previous generations largely approve of the technology. Currently, millennials are the generation most likely to embrace virtual reality, but apparently older generations are also getting on the bandwagon. One study found that a majority of baby boomers have a favorable perspective of virtual reality. A big reason behind the popularity is the versatility of many virtual reality systems.
The team has released a number of updates since then including a Halloween special . As Multiverse Entertainment make further announcements, VRFocus will keep you updated.