#156: Alien Abductions in VR with The Hum Universe: Bringing the sci-fi visions of Ariel Arias to life

Ariel-AriasAriel Arias has been creating futuristic sci-fi worlds since he was 10 years old. For the past 20 years, he’s been writing novels, RPG books, comics, and now he’s making video games and virtual reality experiences.

The Hum Universe is a first-person horror alien invasion game that has a beautifully crafted world. The first installment of The Hum explores one of Ariel’s childhood phobias of Alien abductions. His Totwise Studios team is using the Unreal Engine 4, and the preliminary gameplay footage looks stunning:

Ariel attempted a Kickstarter for The Hum, and eventually received support from Rothenberg Ventures to be a part of the first class of River’s incubated VR projects.

You can download a proof of concept demo of The Hum from Oculus share, or via their website here.

Here’s a more detailed introduction to the story of the project:

You can find more development updates and videos on the Totwise YouTube channel or on The Hum Universe website.

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Here’s a playthrough video of The Hum demo by Nathie: