New VR Game ‘The Invisible Hours’ Imagines a Nikola Tesla Murder Mystery

Nikola Tesla circa 1890
Nikola Tesla circa 1890, Photo: Tesla Science Center

Brilliant scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla, whose laboratory Wardenclyffe is located in Wading River, is known to have died on January 7, 1943 in the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan. But, perhaps due to the mystique and mythos that has developed around Tesla, his life has been fictionalized in various media and entertainment over the years. Madrid-based video game developer Tequila Works has announced development of a new virtual reality experience, The Invisible Hours, that turns Tesla’s death into an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery.

The Invisible Hours tells the stories of seven people who are invited to Tesla’s home, only to find him murdered. All seven guests become suspects, including historical figures Thomas Edison and Sarah Bernhardt. In the game, the player is able to follow each of the suspects around the house to witness the goings-on.

The experience sounds very much like an interactive theater piece, drawing similarities to Sleep No More, in which the audience gets to walk around and follow the story of Macbeth as it unfolds throughout a dark, moody hotel. Each character in The Invisible Hours has their own story, and the player can rewind the action to see everything.

The Invisible Hours is being developed for the Oculus Rift, Playstation VR and HTC Vive headsets. All three platforms are new, premium pieces of technology, which is fitting for a game about one of the most influential engineers ever.

Watch the trailer for The Invisible Hours below.

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