‘Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife’ to Release in Spring 2021, More Gameplay Revealed


Fast Travel Games, the studio behind Apex Construct (2018) and Budget Cuts 2 (2019), are bringing their ‘World of Darkness’ horror game Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife to all major VR platforms this spring. Now the studio has served up a fresh gameplay video featuring the mysterious ‘Shadow’ who guides you.

Update (January 28th, 2021):  Fast Travel Games released a new video (linked above and below the article) that shoes off the game’s mysterious ‘Shadow’ character. Here’s how the studio describes it.

“As a Wraith in Afterlife, you will have a companion of sorts by your side called ‘the Shadow’. The Shadow is a manifestation of your dark subconscious – call it the devil on the shoulder, or the little voice in the back of your head telling you to do the things you really shouldn’t. So, while he functions as a guide through the game… should you really trust him?”

Now the studio says it is targeting spring 2021, which may still fit within its ‘Early 2021’ launch window.

Update (December 17th, 2020)Fast Travel Games published some new gameplay footage today, showing off the level of polish coming to Quest 2 and further detailing some of the game’s mechanics.

Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife is set launch sometime in early 2021 on all the major VR headsets, which includes SteamVR, the Oculus Store for Quest and Rift (supporting cross-buy), and PlayStation VR.

We’ve time-linked the video below where Quest 2 footage is highlighted. Developer Andreas Juliusson also speaks a bit about what to expect, including special powers, the game’s World of Darkness setting, and the mystery of why and how you’ve become a ghostly apparition.

Original Article (June 9th, 2020): Fans of the World of Darkness universe and its many tabletop role-playing games are no doubt familiar with Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse.

Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife is said to follow in the footsteps of its 1994-era tabletop RPG namesake by placing you in the modern Barclay Mansion and putting you in the ghostly shoes of a Wraith who unravels the mysteries “that await beyond the Shroud.”

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Erik Odeldahl, Creative Director at Fast Travel Games, says that horror games such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Alien: Isolation have influenced the studio to create a similar “narrative-driven, exploration-focused” horror title in the World of Darkness universe.

The game, which doesn’t have a release date yet, is slated to arrive on “all major VR platforms,” Fast Travel says.

A gameplay reveal and details are said to arrive during Gamescom Now, which starts August 27th. Hopefully we’ll be getting a release date then too.

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  • Fabian

    A world of darkness in a world where almost all HMDs can’t display anything black because of crappy LCD panels….

    • shadow9d9

      Yep, the majority of tv owners in the world, which are lcd, don’t show blacks. Or they do, and only a handful of people will care about the difference.

      • Bob

        On a TV display the quality of blacks isn’t a big deal because they are usually locally dimmed to an extent (edge lit LED being the most popular and cost effective option) and the user usually watches content from a distance.

        On a VR display there is no dimming on a local level even with LEDs so the blacks you get are at the mercy of the polariser, which is why on most modern headsets the contrast is severely lacking in scenes with varying levels of whites and blacks. Jump to a horror game or a space game with an LCD headset and then switch immediately to an OLED one: the difference is night and day.

        Colours and contrast is an area that seems to be regressing in VR and instead only progressing with TVs and smartphones which is strange considering the whole point of the experience is to fool you’re brain into thinking what your eyes are seeing is real. Unfortunately not enough people in the VR community are talking about it because they don’t see it as a real issue. And the majority of which have never seen an OLED TV with their own eyes.

        • shadow9d9

          Well, I own 3 oled tvs and I don’t see an issue with the blacks on the quest 2. I guess I just don’t see a problem with the quest 2 black levels.

          • Bob

            “I own 3 oled tvs”

            Sure you do :)

            If you don’t see a single problem with Quest 2 black levels after coming directly an OLED HMD you should check in with the nearest ophthalmologist. Here’s a tip: Play a game where everything is almost pitch black with small specular highlight(s) on the Quest 2. Still no difference? Time for the checkup buddy.

          • shadow9d9

            77 LG CX for basement and console gaming, 65 CX for living room tv watching, and 55 cx mounted directly behind computer gaming desk. Don’t be jealous. And I didn’t say there wasn’t a difference. I said I don’t see an issue with it. It isn’t a big deal.

  • blue5peed

    God I wish Vampire: The Masquerade bloodlines was in VR. Probably gonna finally cave and buy vorpx for it.

    • david vincent

      Now I have to give a try… the 2 issues I see : the game is not 100% FPV (but apparently with the Unofficial Patch comes a small mod to fix that) and also there’s quite a bit of typing in game… not very practical while wearing a headset…
      Also can’t wait for VtM2 but no VR support :-(

      • blue5peed

        I was thinking of the 2nd game I had not considered the original. I agree that I would not work the best in the first game. Maybe it would be worth it to experience some sections of the game like like Ocean House Hotel.

        • Andreas Juliusson

          Hi Andreas from developer Fast Travel Games here. If you like Alien: Isolation, you are likely going to enjoy this as that game (along with Amnesia) is one of our main inspiration sources when it comes to gameplay!

  • I love horror games in VR!

  • VRagoso

    Yet another horror game…Will this never end?

    • Gonzax

      I hope not!

    • brubble

      I know what VR needs… more cutesy cartoonish ps2/3 quality shovel-ware tech demos. ;)

      • TechPassion

        VR needs adventure games. Positive energy, not shooters/horrors.

  • Andrew Jakobs

    Man, I still wished they did a VR ‘remaster’ of Alien: Isolation, they were already working on VR (as you can enable it) so if they would just finish that and offer it as an extra (paid) DLC that would be awesome and ofcourse it will sell some extra copies..

    • Pulstar44

      Agreed. It was my favorite VR game besides Alyx. It probably would have bored me if I played it pancaked. But in VR it was so immersive and scary.

      • Andreas Juliusson

        Hi Andreas from developer Fast Travel Games here. If you like Alien: Isolation, you are likely going to enjoy this as that game (along with Amnesia) is one of our main inspiration sources when it comes to gameplay!!

        • Pulstar44

          Awesome, can’t wait to play it! Thanks for all your hard work and for continuing to support VR!