Vertigo Games launched The 7th Guest VR in late 2023, taking on the unique opportunity of recrafting a beloved game for new audiences in technology. It was no easy task, but Vertigo Games rose to the challenge and created a solid adaptation of the original title, as well as a good VR game in its own right. How Vertigo approach this challenge? We spoke with Vertigo Games Game Director Paul van der Meer about how it came together.
Van der Meer claims the studio was greatly benefited by having original 7th Guest designer Rob Landeros supporting the project early in its development. Vertigo was able to go to Landeros several times throughout the game’s development to ensure that they were hitting the right notes as they went. That included recreating all of the environments and puzzles of The 7th Guest from the ground up. Even if assets survived, the team couldn’t exactly use them in a VR setting, so in many cases, they just had to work with what they could see from the original game as they re-designed it in VR.
One of the most interesting parts of redesigning The 7th Guest in VR was that Vertigo had to fill in the blanks in a lot of places. Considering you can look all the way around you in The 7th Guest VR at all times, that meant the team had to make sure it fully realized the setting. They had to take some liberties, which always comes with some risks on a classic game, but those risks ended up paying off in the end.
That especially includes the use of actors in the game. A huge part of the original 7th Guest were the FMV actors delivering their roles as ghosts in the mansion. The 7th Guest VR keeps this aspect delightfully intact with new technology that allowed them to film new actors and their roles in a way that you would be able to see around them in 3D fashion in the game’s environment. It comes out keeping that classic feel intact as you interact with the game’s ghosts and puzzles.
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