The Price of freedom


Construct Studio
Based in San Francisco, CA, USA 

Release date:
21 Dec, 2016

HTC Vive


Regular Price:


The Price of Freedom is an interactive room-scale Virtual Reality narrative experience for the HTC Vive. Players take the role of Agent Zero, a CIA operative. Your mission: assassinate Benjamin Miller, a radical who broke into CIA facilities and stole top secret chemical weapons research. Interact with and explore Ben’s apartment. Through documents, pictures, audio tapes, and hidden messages, players learn the truth about what Miller was searching for the night he broke in.

The narrative is based on Project MKULTRA, the CIA mind control research project of the 1950s-1960s. Contents in the experience are derived from actual declassified CIA documents. 

The Experience

January, 1960. The US is deep in Cold War with Russia, and nuclear war seems imminent, when Benjamin Miller breaks into CIA research facilities, stealing valuable Chemical Weapons research. Your mission: assassinate Miller and protect this information from falling into enemy hands. What seems like a straightforward mission soon takes a dark turn as you learn the truth behind Miller's motives. 


The Price of Freedom is the first interactive Virtual Reality experience by Construct Studio. After creating the VR film Imago in grad school, the team formed with the intention to create interactive VR narrative. Inspired by the real life events of Project MKULTRA and the potential for "Walking Simulator" style narrative, the team worked at breakneck speed, and produced The Price of Freedom in six months from inception.

With a team made up of American and Taiwanese members, the team is now focused on creating the Mandarin translation, and bringing The Price of Freedom to the Asian market.


  • The pilot in an episodic series. 
  • Voice actors including Jason Douglas (The Walking Dead, Dragon Ball Super) and Christopher Sabat (Dragon Ball series, One Piece) 
  • Explore a fully immersive environment. What secrets will you uncover? 
  • Thought provoking story. 
  • From the creators of the 360 VR film Imago. 
  • Full support in English and Chinese (Coming soon).



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  • Featured on the Steam's front page as the Top 3rd Popular New Releases after releasing for 12 days
  • Top 10 Score Rank on Steam in VR category
  • Featured in Sundance Film Festival 2017
  • Featured in Cinequest Film Festival 2017
  • Runner-up of Best Narrative VR at Unity Vision Summit Awards 2017
  • Runner-up of Narrative Achievement Award at Unity Vision Summit Awards 2017
  • Runner-up of Best VR Game at Brazil's Independent Games Festival 2017


"‪The Price of Freedom is a visually arresting piece and, despite a short playtime of 15-20 minutes, it manages to set up and execute one of the most unsettling and powerful narrative moments I’ve ever seen in VR."
- Upload VR

"The Price of Freedom, a bone-chilling experience that situates participants as subjects of hallucinogen abuse via the CIA’s infamous Project MK Ultra."
- VRScout

"Construct Studio's The Price of Freedom takes empathy to the next degree...this basically makes us more than just a witness. We're actually a participant. We are the protagonist in the story. And all these empathy techniques help us understand our world quiet a bit better."
- Tony Parisi, SVVR Keynote 2017



Directed by
Joel Ogden

Produced by
Chuck Tsung-Han Lee

Written by
Amy Stewart
Joel Ogden

Original Composition and Sound Direction by
Larry Chang

Cinematics by
Ralston Louie

Han Liu
Jimmy Trujillo

Additional Programming
Brentt Kasmiskie
Rahul Nagarkar

Photo Credits
Gail Newport Stewart
Priscilla Newport Mabe
John Newport
Ruby Newport
Rod Newport

Christopher Sabat
Jason Douglas

Amy Stewart
Nigel Randall
Ralston Louie

3D Art & Art Lead
Joel Ogden

Rui Trindade

Character Art
Benjamin Miller

Concept Art
Wenyu Jiang
Tina Tingwen Liao

Special thanks
Carl Rosendahl
Tony Parisi
Will Mason