Sunday 26 January 2020

South Park 'smell-o-vision' a hit on opening day of Gamescom

Visitors play computer games at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany (AP)
Visitors play computer games at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany (AP)

A new Metal Gear Solid game set in an alternative universe and virtual reality that enables users to experience smell have been the hits on the first day of Gamescom.

The trade show is taking place in Cologne, Germany, with many of the industry's biggest names showing off their latest games and innovations. New instalments in the Call of Duty, Destiny and Fifa franchises are among those being showcased.

Metal Gear Survive is the first title revealed by publisher Konami since the game's creator and director Hideo Kojima controversially left the company last year.

Survive will change the style of the game, setting it in an alternative universe and making the aim survival as opposed to using stealth tactics to complete missions.

The smell-based virtual reality system is the work of Ubisoft - maker of the Assassin's Creed series - and consists of a face mask that works in sync with the actions on-screen in a new South Park game, emitting odours when characters break wind.

Though first believed to be a prank or work of fiction, the "smell-o-vision" inspired device is named Nosulus Rift after the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift VR system, and is available for visitors to try at Gamescom, though the developers have said it will not be put into production and sold.

Ubisoft said of the invention: "This device, only available during conventions and not for sale, takes virtual reality to a whole new level by allowing players to enjoy South Park: The Fractured But Whole in the most immersive way possible. A new perception through a sense that has never been tickled in gaming before: the sense of smell."

More than 300,000 visitors are expected at the four-day show, where a range of games, also including Electronic Arts' Call Of Duty competitor Battlefield 1 - set during the First World War - will be playable for fans for the first time.

PA Media

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