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The Chinese Room announces So Let Us Melt

The Chinese Room, developer of Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture announces its first VR project, So Let Us Melt.

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So Let Us Melt

The Chinese Room, developer of Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture announces its first VR project, So Let Us Melt.

So Let Us Melt is the fourth project from Brighton-based The Chinese Room, and while some things will be pretty much nailed on – it will be thoughtful, beautifully written, and will have a knock-out score from Jessica Curry – there’s something distinctly different about their latest project: it will be in virtual reality.

Specifically, it will be for the Google Daydream VR platform. Perhaps the most high-profile Daydream VR release so far, EarthShape, was developed by Bithell games (of Thomas Was Alone fame) and voiced by Sue Perkins (of Mel and Sue, and the Great British Bake Off).

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But now there’s a new kid on the block, and here’s what The Chinese Room have said about their freshly-announced project:

“People have been saying we ought to make a VR game for a couple of years now, and we’re really happy to announce we’re partnering with Google Daydream to do just that. So Let Us Melt has everything you’d expect from one of our games: an amazing world to explore, a great story with terrific voice-acting, visuals that push the platform as far we it’ll go, and a stunning new soundtrack from BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry.” – The Chinese Room

It’s a story about Custodian 98, about getting lost and then being found again, and other than that – and a somewhat ethereal bit of artwork – we don’t know anything about So Let Us Melt. They literally only announced it a couple of hours ago.

What we want to know – other than everything about this exciting new project, obviously – is whether they came up with the acronym (SLUM) first, then worked the name of the game around it, or named the game (So Let Us Melt) and the acronym was a happy accident.

Never let it be said we get hung up on unimportant details.


Shop for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (and it’s remarkable soundtrack) on Amazon.

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