A game only playable by echolocation, visualized for sighted people. Sounds interesting? It’s currently in development. Not one game, but two games by two different game developers who didn’t know about each others game existence at all.
Blind VR by Tiny Bull studios and Perception by Deep End Games are two games that look incredibly similar, without even knowing it from each other.
In the game you do not see a thing, until you tap your cane to release a ‘vision’ of echolocation which shows in some sort of chromatic line visualizing objects in the room around you.
Both game developers did not know about each others productions and although their games look very alike, they differ in some key elements.
Perception is a horror game, where players can expect jump scares and have to avoid whatever hides in the dark. Blind VR is a creepy game, but not explicitly horror. It’s about exploring spaces and solving puzzles. Blind VR is also designed around virtual reality, where Perception is not.
Even though both the games are having blindness as their main subject. The game is not accessible for blind people. but this may change, as the games are still in development.
Deep End Games stated the following. “We have spent months talking to blind gamers and accessibility experts looking into ways to solve the challenges with implementing a blind accessible game. So far we haven’t found a satisfactory approach but we are continuing to look.”
Both games haven’t yet announced a release date, so it’s only a matter of time to explore, not one, but two games using ‘echolocation’.