A short interactive story for room-scale VR: Become Caliban, the scion of a broken lineage struggling to understand your dark inheritance. Explore the ruins of the family estate, and the incredible realm below seeking clues to your past, and to the events that severed you from your family long ago.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive - 95% of the 24 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (76) - 97% of the 76 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 19, 2018

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July 26

1.1 is live! Click turning, better performance, better UI

Hi Folks

1.1 is live! Lots of improvements here:

- Click turning: Vive users swipe left/right on the thumb pad. Oculus users click left/right with the joystick

- Better blink UI: It's much harder to wind up inside a wall... ouch! Also much easier for new users unfamiliar with blinking

- Far better performance on a broad range of GPU's. And if you like, you can select higher or lower quality settings by launching from a folder with control/option double-click. We'll aim to add a quality setting in the in-app UI in the near future. Mac users, you should have a far better experience out of the box, with more options if you need 'em.

- Lots of little fixes in layout and character performance.

We're preparing some DLC now, for a new release in the very near term. Keep an eye out if you want more of the back-story.

We're also preparing a major update to the sound FX in a future release. More news on that soon.

Please drop word with any concerns/complaints/suggestions. We're thrilled that the project is well received, and look forward to continuing the story. We sincerely love sharing the work with you and hearing your thoughts.


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July 25

1.1 is available in beta (click turning, and other goodies.) Plus future plans.

Hi Folks

We've just posted a beta of 1.1, with a number of improvements. Right-click on Caliban Below in your steam library and select the 'betas' tab; then the pop-up to opt in.

- CLICK-TURNING. Vive: swipe left or right on the thumb pad. Oculus: click left/right on the joystick.

- Lots of tuning for a broader range of GPUs. The default state should run better on older hardware now, but we also have:

- Better support for user-selected quality level. Control-click to launch the app directly from Windows, or Option-click on Mac for direct launch from the finder. That will give you a dialogue box to select alternate quality levels.

- We have a new heuristic for managing the landing spot on a blink, which should be much friendlier for new users of VR

- Isabella now behaves slightly differently under certain circumstances.

- It should be much harder to wind up blinking inside a wall. Ouch.

- Lots of little fixes on layout.


Future plans:
- We have a BIG update coming on sound effects in a future release from my friend Paula, who also does the SFX for Game of Thrones. She's the bomb. Keep your headphones handy.
- Likewise we still want to get smooth locomotion working as an option for you with VR sea legs.
- DLC: The novella of The Abbot's Book; stacks of designs for the full project; character studies
- I'd like to open up a bit more of the catacombs one of these days - particularly in the Temple Deep.
- Achievements are coming. A couple should be quite funny ;)
- Easter eggs:
- A torch to carry around (yes, with volumetric fire, unlike the original demo. It's purty.)
- A god mode to teleport all over the place inside the catacombs. (Careful what you wish for ;)

...My personal goal is to make Caliban good enough to become one of your go-to demos for your friends who are new to VR. Feel free to drop word with suggestions, gripes, bugs, etc. It's all sincerely appreciated. As I so often say, we hope to be able to make the MUCH larger, full project of "The Abbot's Book" one of these days. We are the very definition of grass-roots with this project, so your reviews and feedback are mighty appreciated. We're humbled that folks seem to like it (short tho it is!), and I want more than anything to share the whole vision in time. May the dream be without end. ;)

More to come.

-Mike
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Reviews

“nothing short of amazing”
https://www.imore.com/caliban-below-now-available-steamvr-macos

“Top 250 best virtual reality exclusive Steam games”
https://steam250.com/vr_exclusives

About This Game

The sun will not rise, just endless moons - and you, Caliban, must try to learn why you have become trapped in a dream. It is 1680, Northern Italy. You are the last heir of a noble lineage, struggling to understand your dark inheritance. Explore the ruins of the family estate, and the incredible realm below, seeking clues to your past, and to the events that severed you from your family long ago. The darkness below reaches back centuries, and your place in this story is about to become terrifyingly clear.

Caliban Below is a short story from the world of The Abbot's Book, created by the academy award winning talent of Blackthorn Media. This tale is made as a stand-alone piece, but is also part of a much larger world. You can get a different perspective on Caliban in The Abbot's Book Demo, also available on Steam.

We love the possibilities for storytelling in VR. The world of The Abbot's Book is enormous, and we hope to tell far more of this tale as the market grows. In the meantime, please enjoy Caliban Below with our compliments. Share it with friends if you like it! We'll be thrilled if the piece can help bring more awareness to the medium.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: windows 7, 8, 10
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 10.10
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: iMac Pro or breakout GPU accelerator; nvidia 980gtx equivalent
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Graphics: iMac Pro or breakout GPU accelerator; nvidia 980gtx equivalent
    • Storage: 4 GB available space

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