Can Cypress Legacy VR gain its own inheritance?
So a day or so ago, a new Kickstarter for Cypress Legacy VR was launched. While I follow the digital Kickstarter projects, they take a much lower priority for me as I am well aware of the issues with software development.
This one has taken me by surprise because it’s the exact digital implementation of the board game based on a to be released IP. The people behind the Cypress Inheritance Saga seems to have gone all out. A series of novels, a board and now video game, and the website shows a feature film in the plans.
I knew nothing of this series before yesterday, but the games seem to have the seed of potential. The gameplay doesn’t seem to be anything out of the ordinary – explore the mansion, find the stuff, escape before the others do. This isn’t a negative – many games have this basic formula. It just seems without the books behind it, Cypress Legacy the board game doesn’t seem to be too much to make it stand out from the crowd.
Cypress Legacy VR has managed to stand out though. Take the same game, but now you are the pawn on the board. You can explore the house, and be the first to find everything and get out before the other players do. And doing this in VR? This is something I want to explore. And with the other players being able to be playing from all over the world, it could be a lot of fun.
The only other board game I have played like this is Werewolves Within, and while fun fit has you sitting around a campfire without exploring anything. This isn’t the games fault per se, it is a social deduction game after all, but free movement and exploration are always better in my opinion.
A curious choice for the designers to me is that they are aiming for PC and Vive/Occulus primarily. This could be because of many reasons, not the least being licensing and costs. As a platform, PSVR has the largest install base by far and PS4 doesn’t really do early access. This will only ‘hurt’ people that can initially play and test the game in VR, which is where I think it will shine. While playing in FPS mode is great and still works very well, releasing this mode as early access on steam can possibly backfire. Either word will spread, or potentially kill it before it starts as the shine wears off. Worst of all, it could simply be passed over as no one knows what it is actually about.
Time will tell how this all works out, but for a different idea and take it’s worth having a look at to see what they are trying to achieve.
Check out the Cypress Legacy homepage here, and if your interested also check out the Kickstarter here.
Until next time,