Out on Steam and the Oculus Store.
The real fun, however, comes from Blooper’s eye for a dazzlingly disorientating set-piece, and Layers of Fear does a wonderful job of maintaining a nervous sense of tension as the rooms and hallways of its spooky old house continue to reconfigure themselves into ever-more-impossible arrangements the moment a player dares look away. If you hadn’t guessed, I’m a huge fan.
As for Layers of Fear’s new VR release (developed by Incuvo in conjunction with Bloober), it seems solid enough based on a cursory walkthrough of the intro. It supports tracked motion controllers, as you’d hope, meaning you’re able to manipulate certain elements of the environment – doors, drawers, key items – fairly naturally with your gnarled artist’s man-hands.
Interaction is limited to certain areas, however, so it perhaps lacks the level of immersion you might expect in a ground-up VR title, but there’s no denying the chilling thrill of exploring Layers of Fear’s spooky old mansion with the sound up and a headset on.
Layers of Fear VR arrives on PC as a separate standalone release rather than an update to the original game. It costs around £15 on Steam and the Oculus Store, and there’s currently 10% off.