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Indie dev Beatshapers working on sci-fi RPG with plans for Project Morpheus

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Kiev-based indie developer Beatshapers, notable for creating a handful of PlayStation Mini titles, is working on a sci-fi action role-playing game that they plan to have support Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, reports Push Square.

Codename EdgeVR will have a "dark sci-fi setting" in which players will try to escape a large building while fighting their way through cyborg creatures, according to Beatshapers founder Alexey Menshikov. The title was initially in development for the PlayStation Vita before being moved to PlayStation 4. After the reveal of the Project Morpheus headset at the 2014 Game Developers Conference last month, the studio decided to bump the project to be used with the new peripheral.

"I was very impressed by the sense of immersion and feeling," Menshikov said of his first time trying Project Morpheus. "I've been a big fan of virtual reality since the [retro gadget] VFX1, but this one feels really next-gen. Menshikov explained that EdgeVR also borrows elements from the company's previous games, iterating on each experience.

"When we cancelled our zombie RPG game — parts of which we put into Vita brawler Z-Run — we'd been looking to bring a bigger title to the handheld to create more value as a company, so we started to build a new universe that would appeal to hardcore gamers, while offering something fresh," he explained.

"The game is perfect for virtual reality, so we've changed the concept a little bit, and have a Project Morpheus title now," he added.

Beatshapers has released 19 titles for Sony platforms and has an additional handful of unannounced projects in the works alongside Codename EdgeVR.