We check out the latest build from developer Iris VR’s cyberpunk themed action adventure game in development, LOW-FI. It’s currently at update 0.48 and seems to have improved since we last visited the game. The game (some years in the making) aims to release in 2023 for PC VR, PC flatscreen and PS5 and PSVR 2 (possibly). In the game, you play as a futuristic sheriff of sorts, where the city is your playground to interact with criminals and various vendors. You can wishlist the game via Steam now or get the Itch.io version and play the development builds now.
A next generation virtual reality simulation in which you as the player patrol the streets (and the skies above them) solving mysteries, fighting crime, or giving in to corruption. The choice is yours.
As the player, you are “low-fi”, the street name given to those who cannot merge with the platform, a ubiquitous virtual reality simulation where most of the population now live their lives. You are a police officer and have been transferred to a particularly crime ridden section of city-block 303. The only inhabitants of note in your jurisdiction are other low-fi, and the human intelligence (or lower) artificial life forms who have remained among the citizens after the AI singularity.
LOW_FI is a massive open-world sandbox style adventure with action elements.
The emphasis is on exploration and character driven story. Like a holodeck program, the player is free to explore the city, further narratives, or just hang out in the arcade and spend their credits if they so choose..
Moral grey areas can be explored via player choice in most situations through their actions or dialogue trees. They can for example chose to take a bribe in a given situation, rather than arrest a criminal, or even frame a third party for personal gain.
You are free to fly around your entire jurisdiction (section 303). Credits are awarded during your shift for both time and for duties (busts, etc.). Credits can be used at black market shops, dark web delivery systems, vending machines etc., for anything from ship upgrades to bribes or just some decorations for your capsule apartment.
We really want LOW-FI to feel like a real world. Completely non-linear and open ended with plenty to see and do.
Massive non-linear open world
Hundreds of crimes and stories to solve and explore complete with branching narratives and dialogue
3D positional Audio
Augmented Reality within Virtual Reality with multiple overlay programs
AI companions (biological and synthetic)