Well, there’s a headline I never thought I’d write. A Groundhog Day sequel is in the works… for VR.
Tequila Works, the studio behind 2017’s excellent The Invisible Hours, today announced Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son. It’s a full VR game headed to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR later this year. In it, you play as Phil Connors Jr., the son of Bill Murray’s character in the 1993 movie. In the film, the original Connors is forced to relive the same day over and over again until he basically learns to be a good person. It’s set on February 2nd, hence today’s announcement.
The first trailer for the game is above. It looks like Connors Jr. is going to find himself in the exact same situation as his Dad. That hopefully means plenty of deadpan humor. The game’s even set in the same town of Punxsutawney. As part of the marketing, there’s even a virtual Twitter account for Connors Jr..
Published by Sony Pictures and produced with the help of MWM Immersive, Like Father Like Son promises over eight hours of puzzles to solve. There’s also a branching narrative, which we’d hope means you can choose how to live out your day.
Groundhog Day might not seem like the most obvious fit for a VR sequel. But the more we think about it, the more we’re falling in love with the idea. Plus, Tequila Works did great work with branching narratives in The Invisible Hours. Our hopes are surprisingly high for this one, then.