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Hi everyone, I'm working on a VR game on Steam called CYCOM Cybernet Combat. I was originally inspired to get into VR because of its immersive story telling potential, the ability to make a significantly heavier emotional impact on the player because you are the main character and the ability to allow people to live the life of another person and build empathy and understanding through this experience you may never get a chance to experience in real life. I've encountered several major roadblocks to being able to fulfill this VR story telling game vision over the past year.
Players do not read text or listen to voices or narration in VR because they just want to move around and interact with everything
Ultimately, for a game to be a game, it needs a fun core game mechanic, so the player has something fun to play and replay over the course of the game, as story is interspersed between gameplay.
In games in general, some players do not care about the story and do not want to be forced to learn about the story.
To develop complete interactive story like an RPG or story game with multiple branches, it requires a lot of story writing, art design, world design, voice acting, music composition, and many resources an indie dev may not have.
Now that I've released CYCOM Cybernet Combat on Steam, and it's proven to have a fun core gameplay mechanic--fun to play and replay--I want to start exploring and experimenting with how to tell a story in VR in 2018. Through trying out several VR games and observing test feedback, I am lead to believe the most successful way to tell a story in VR is to tell a story without words or forced scenes.
Convey the story through the environment design, intractable props (objects that belong to the character), character design look and feel and color, music, character animation and gameplay behavior (aggressive, passive, how they move and attack to convey personality), and occasional but impactful dialogue.
Utilize the fun gameplay that exists in CYCOM already
Allow the option to skip the story
Through your experiences as VR players and developers, what do you think is the best design approach for a developer to tell a story in VR? What are some examples of successful storytelling in VR you have enjoyed? Please join our tester community and grab a test key! We need your feedback! Join at discord dot gg slash CgFtaNb Thanks for your feedback! Jeremy Full Reddit Post