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'Darknet' Heads To PSVR On March 7

Archiact revealed that Darknet, a VR game that abstracts hacking into node-based puzzles, will head to PlayStation VR on March 7.

Darknet was previously released by indie developer E McNeill for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Archiact said in January that it would help McNeill bring the game to PSVR early this year--now we know it will debut on the PlayStation Store on March 7 and will cost $15 at launch. The game, which McNeill described as "cyberpunk hacking in virtual reality," will receive a handful of updates as part of its transition from Oculus to PSVR.

Archiact said in a press release that those updates include "full audio integration added to the PlayStation 4 Dualshock controller, art enhancements to the UI and main menu, and all-new PlayStation trophies for players to earn." The core gameplay is otherwise intact. That should come as good news: Darknet's Oculus Store listing (opens in new tab) brags that that it's the "winner of the Oculus VR Jam, winner of a 'Best Gameplay' Proto Award, and an IndieCade Finalist."

Darknet should be a natural fit on PSVR. The game was designed to be played with a gamepad or keyboard and mouse, so nobody has to fuss around with porting something made for the Oculus Rift's Touch motion controllers over to the PSVR's gamepad-based input. It was also an Oculus launch title, so it's no stranger to emerging VR platforms, and expanding to PSVR will help it reach a brand new audience one year after its original release.

NameDarknet
TypePuzzle, Strategy
PublisherE McNeill / Archiact
DeveloperE McNeill / Archiact
PlatformsOculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR
Where To BuyOculus Store (opens in new tab)PlayStation Network (TBD)
Release DateMarch 28, 2016 (Oculus)March 7, 2017 (PSVR)
Nathaniel Mott
Nathaniel Mott

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.