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  ‘Sentenced VR’ Out Now, Gets New Launch Trailer - Become an Executioner in an Exploration of Guilt, Duty & Justice
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]

Indie developer Samuel Gordon has released his debut game, Sentenced VR, today. Set in a fictional early-modern European City, Sentenced VR is a narrative focused Virtual Reality game that casts the player as Executioner. On behalf of the Lords of the city the player will mete out justice to those who break the laws of the realm, and be assessed on their competence over multiple scenarios. 


Watch the launch trailer here:


Inspired by experiments in Obedience to Authority such as those carried out by Stanley Milgram in 1960’s, Sentenced VR aims to drive home a sense of player responsibility by leveraging the unique advantages of Virtual Reality, such as having players to look convicts in eye and physically swing the sword that beheads them. As the game progresses, they will be asked to follow orders that become less morally justified, forcing them to confront how far they are willing to go when guilt conflicts with duty. 


“Killing is often taken for granted as a game mechanic. Enemies are dehumanised and responsibility is removed in the process of gamification. I want to use the unique potential of Virtual Reality to do the opposite.”


As a descendant of Jewish WW2 refugees, I was driven to try to understand how a social system could have created the conditions that enabled the atrocities committed during the holocaust,” explained Samuel Gordon, “I believe that understanding the behaviour of individuals within hierarchical power structures is essential to ensure that such tragedies do not repeat themselves.”


Sentenced will release on the 25th June 2021 for PC VR headsets using Steam VR. The experience is designed to last around an hour and will cost around £5.79 on launch, with a 30% discount. 


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