Embrace the primal wilderness of PS VR survival game Song in the Smoke

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The sun is setting, and the dense trees are casting long shadows across the forest. My fire is fading, too, its light flickering in the gloom. From the bushes, I hear a growl, low, and hungry.

I have one question. How do I survive the night?

That’s the same question we at 17-BIT want you to ask yourself while you’re playing our brand new VR survival game, Song in the Smoke, coming to PS VR in 2021.

Song In The Smoke

Song in the Smoke’s world is a beautiful, yet deadly one, but fortunately, it also gives the player a range of options to keep themselves alive for another day. I cycle through them quickly as the monster in the bushes comes closer. 

I could craft a stronger weapon. I have a tree branch, and could take my knife to it, carve it down into the perfect shape for a new bow, before stringing it with sinew that I dried yesterday. Or should I break the wood, snapping it in two with a motion of my hands, before burning it for vital warmth, hoping that the flames last all night and keep whatever is stalking me at bay.

Or I could turn the tables by trying to hunt what is hunting me. I can hide from the beast, and then find it by tracking its scent and following its footprints, taking the time to crouch and sharpen my senses in the cover of long grass, before lining up a shot with my bow and loosing an arrow into its heart. 

Or maybe I should explore, try to find a new camping spot before the sun goes down. I saw a strange green glow on top of a cliff yesterday, but night was closing in and I needed to get back to the warmth of my fire. There’s still some daylight, I could climb that rock face and uncover its mysteries, taking a torch to light my way and scare off the beasts of the night.

Song In The Smoke

Survive or die

The first priority is always survival in Song in the Smoke. That means hunting and scavenging for food to stave off hunger, and it means choosing safe campsite locations to sleep at to avoid exhaustion. It also means concocting antidotes and healing tonics for poison and injuries, as well as staying warm, crafting clothes and building fires as I move from forests, through plateaus, to frozen peaks.

It also means defending myself against attacks from the predators that share this world with me. Song in the Smoke’s beasts move with a weight that’s only possible in VR, and their attacks feel like being hit by a furry train. But while they’ve got their teeth and claws, I’ve got a weapon of my own – a crafted club – that I can use to block and parry their attacks. Facing down 200 kilograms of angry lion isn’t easy, but if I time my deflection just right, I can disorient the beast long enough to escape his attention. Or I could even strike back, swinging my club with my Move controller to send him running for safety with his tail between their legs. If I’m really lucky, my blow might take him down for good, allowing me to plunder his corpse for trophies and other valuable resources. 

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Hands-on survival

It’s a dangerous world, but thanks to PS VR, my survival is put into my own two hands. I eat by bringing food to my real-life mouth; turn herbs into tonics by mashing them with tools and pouring them into containers, and carve wood by taking a knife to its

Face your nightmares in Doom 3: VR Edition for PS VR

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Take a trip to Mars you won’t soon forget with the power of PlayStation VR and Doom 3: VR Edition. The game arrives March 29 for PlayStation 4 and is backwards compatible on PlayStation 5. Take your Aim controller in hand, put on your PS VR headset, and step into the armored boots of The Doom Marine. Fight for your life as one of the few survivors left in a UAC facility overrun by demons.

Face your nightmares in Doom 3: VR Edition for PS VR

Doom 3: VR Edition features Doom 3 and its expansions, Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission, retooled for PS VR technology. Uncover the secrets of the UAC’s unholy experiments, encounter uncanny monstrosities in claustrophobic environments, and wield an arsenal of iconic (and even otherworldly) weaponry with new textures, shaders and sound effects as you survive against the forces of Hell across over 15 hours of heart-stopping action.

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Feel even closer to the terror with all-new VR enhancements that allow you to peer around corners, angling your shots with flashlight-mounted weapons using motion controls, 180-degree quick-turn functionality to catch demons sneaking up from behind and an immersive wrist-mounted display to track your health, armor and ammo. Combined with the original Doom 3’s critically acclaimed blend of action and horror gameplay, virtual reality fans are in for one Hell of an experience with Doom 3: VR Edition. 

PS VR Spotlight returns today

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PS VR Spotlight, which focuses on upcoming games for PlayStation VR, returns today.  Unlike last time, we won’t be making you wait too long to find out what the reveals are: all the announcements will be dropping throughout the day.  Every half hour in fact, right here on PS Blog, with the first happening imminently: in 15 minutes at 7am PT / 3pm GMT / 4pm CET.

Not long to wait. There’ll be six announcements in total and all new reveals of PS VR games launching later this year. 

We were delighted by the enthusiasm we saw from the community around last week’s announcement of our next-generation VR system for PS5. We’ll have more to share in the future. But in the meantime, stay tuned right here to learn more about some of the amazing PS VR games launching in 2021!

Essential Picks promotion returns to PlayStation Store

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Essential Picks returns to PlayStation Store on Wednesday, March 3, saving you up to 60% off a range of PlayStation games for a limited time*. That includes the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, NBA 2K21 and Just Cause 4 – Gold Edition. 

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Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition comes to PS5 March 4

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Hi everyone, I am super excited to tell you about Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition, coming to PlayStation 5 on March 4. Myself and the rest of the team have been blown away by the positive response to Mortal Shell. Our fans have asked us many times whether an upgraded version of Mortal Shell is coming to PS5, so I am delighted to finally have the chance to tell you everything that the Enhanced Edition will bring to the next generation.

Before I do, here is a brand new Enhanced Edition trailer for you showcasing what we’re bringing to next gen. 

Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition comes to PS5 March 4

From the moment we got our hands on the PS5, we have been diving into its power and capabilities to find the best ways to bring Mortal Shell to a new generation. Whether you’re taking your first steps into Fallgrim, or returning to face its most vicious and grotesque adversaries, our goal is to turn up the immersion and make everything feel more brutal than ever. That means fluid 60fps gameplay (targeted), razor-sharp 4K visuals (upscaled, with 4K compatible display), enhanced textures and DualSense controller upgrades that give you more of a physical connection to the game.

From mobs to brutal boss encounters in 60FPS

As soon as we were able to get Mortal Shell running on PS5, we noticed immediately how the 60fps frame rate made a huge difference. Each perilous swing of your sword seems so much more fluid now. Even the Ballistazooka – the heavy shoulder-mounted ranged weapon that launches spears – is far more responsive as you aim your crosshairs onto your target.

Explore Mortal Shell with enhanced textures  

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