Unearthing Mars Launches on March 7 for PlayStation VR

March 1, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

PlayStation VR sci-fi adventure Unearthing Mars is releasing in the United States and Europe on March 7, Winking Entertainment has announced. According to Brand Manager Eric Tsai, it should be priced around €14.99, and there might be a launch discount.

Featuring 10 different stages, each with its own unique gameplay mechanic, Unearthing Mars has an average playthrough length of two hours. Tsai adds that the DualShock 4 isn’t supported, so you’ll need two PlayStation Move controllers.

Here’s an overview of Unearthing Mars:

The Unearthing Mars experience is comprised of 10 different stages, each with its own unique gameplay mechanic. Each stage also advances the story of a space expedition team trying to unravel the secrets of Mars. Players will take the role of the Co-pilot, a member of the retrieval team sent to recover fragments of the mysterious Phobos satellite, believed to hold clues to the possibility of an ancient civilization on Mars. As you can tell, this isn’t a documentary-type VR experience, but really something that plays more like a good science fiction novel (or novella, in our case).

In the first half of the game, players will experience operating a Mars landing craft vehicle firsthand, as well as explore the surface of Mars on foot and via a rover vehicle.

In the latter half, there’s a lot more cross-genre gameplay as players discover a more esoteric side to the Red Planet, solving puzzles along the way and culminating in a first-person shootout that… well, I’ll let you guys experience that for yourselves.

You can also expect minimal on-screen UI and full voiceovers in Unearthing Mars.

915,000 PlayStation VRs have been sold to date, and Sony says there should be over 100 new software titles and experiences by the end of 2017.

[Source: PlayStation Blog (1), (2), PlayStation Store]