At E3 2015 there was talk of a mysterious and terrifying VR demo simply called ‘Kitchen.’ This, of course, would eventually become Resident Evil 7. In hindsight it wasn’t even that scary compared to the opening hour of the game, but it certainly left its mark on everyone who played it, and showed the new, extremely dark places that VR could take horror gaming.

This year that ‘secretly brilliant, yet utterly terrifying’ game is called Transference. It’s every bit as intense as the opening hour in Resi 7 and so secret that there aren’t even any screenshots of it. At this point, it’s only fair to point out that spoilers follow for the rest of the feature. You have been warned.

Developed by Ubisoft and Spectre vision – Elijah Wood’s own company – it’s a VR horror game that, in its demo form, confines you to the space of two rooms in a tiny apartment. Three if you count the basement. The key mechanic is a light switch which, when pressed, jumps you though time affecting the environment around you. In one setting the TV will be showing president Bush addressing the nation in the next it’ll be nothing but static. As the player you have to discover what happened in the house, and of course that means going into the basement. Nothing good ever happens in the basement.

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