The Persistence Haunts PSVR in July

The Persistence is coming to PlayStation VR later this year, so bring a friend along... assuming you can trust them.

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It's almost been a year since Firesprite Games revealed its upcoming horror game for PlayStation VR, titled The Persistence. This is the story of a solo survivor aboard a science research vessel, where the ship's computer has supposedly reconstructed the ship's crew, except they've been infected with a glitch. Little has been revealed since then, but on Wednesday, Firesprite has come back with a release date.

A PlayStation.Blog post offers up some new details about The Persistence. In addition to being a horror game, it'll also act as a stealth-based roguelike. The idea is that every time the player dies, they'll begin another session as one of Security Officer Zimri Eder's many clones. The clone DNA can be re-sequenced to offer more powerful abilities, like something out of Rogue Legacy. The ship's layout will likewise be changed, switching around enemy and item locations.

One thing that hasn't changed is the idea that friends can help out by using their smartphone or tablet to hack into the ship's engineering system. This allows friends not in the game to distract enemies and disable traps. But those friends are also given various incentives to kill you, so don't be so quick to trust them.

The Persistence is set to hit PSVR on July 24. For more, check out the video below.

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