Don’t blink, because PSVR 2’s eye-tracking may get you more than you bargained for in the headset’s upcoming on-rails horror shooter The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR, which aims to toss some extra scares your way when you least suspect it.

PSVR 2 is releasing on February 22nd, and in its 100+ game content lineup is a unique horror game from the makers of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood which tosses you back into another rollercoaster thrill ride that arms you with plenty of guns to fend off what bumps in the night.

Besides bringing high-quality VR to PS5, Sony’s next-gen headset also packs in eye-tracking, which is many games are using for easier UI selection and foveated rendering—useful, but not terribly exciting stuff.

Some developers though, including Supermassive Games, are integrating the feature into their core gameplay loop, which in Switchback’s case allows enemies to move around specifically when your eyes are closed.

In a new gameplay video, Supermassive shows off the feature as it plays out beyond the big ‘DON’T BLINK’ doors, revealing a room full of grotesque mannequins which only move when you blink—and they’re entirely focused on attacking you if they can.

Alejandro Arque Gallardo, Game Director at Supermassive, says there’s also set to be another mannequin type that works with eye-tracking, but cryptically will work in “a completely different way.”

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We’ve linked to the timestamp (above) where Arque Gallardo discusses Switchback’s eye-tracking mechanic. The full video also delves into haptics, adaptive triggers, spatial audio, and the multiple areas you can encounter in the game.

The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is launching on March 16th, priced at $40. You can pre-order the game here. In the meantime, make sure to check out our growing list of all confirmed games coming to PSVR 2.

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  • Nevets

    Would work great in Dreadhalls!

  • FrankB

    Looks great, if (when) I buy a psvr2 I will likely get this…..but please please make Rush of Blood PSVR2 compatible.

  • Octogod

    Fun gameplay idea!

    As a Supermassive fan for a decade, their bug testing has become the worst in the market. For Dark Pictures Anthology they have releases that are literally unplayable on Playstation and Xbox consoles 3+ years after their launch. Even entire features don’t work years later. Updates regularly break saves or completely bug out. And their team is off to launching the new software so quick they never address it beyond “we’re working on issues” or “please report this to us”.

    For anyone buying, know that you are likely to be more sick from the bugs that the terror.

  • david vincent

    This concept was borrowed from the Doctor Who series (see the cult episode “Blink”). Good idea to make it into a VR game.