Adventure games have the ability to take you to foreign or otherwise alien places, and Three One Zero’s ADR1FT is exactly that, because there’s nothing more alien than space. ADR1FT is game one would call a walking simulator, but here it is more of a floating simulator. Having played ADR1FT, it has me considering owning an Oculus Rift. Though, without VR it feels like you’re observing the situation laid out before you rather than experiencing it first-hand. Often feel repetitive and lacking in exciting events, ADR1FT manages to be a visual splendor that must be seen in 2D or 3D.
Endnight Games announces the game going into alpha, by releasing it onto Steam Early Access on May 22nd, 2014 for $14.99.
Valve announced the addition of an experimental Virtual Reality mode to Team Fortress 2. The new mode will be released in the coming days as part of an update to the popular Free to Play game.
Anyone with an Oculus Rift Developer Kit will be able to use their device to play all of Team Fortress 2 on the PC. All game modes and classes are supported with the new Virtual Reality mode.
“When we first played an early version of Virtual Reality mode in Team Fortress we were blown away by the immersion we experienced.”, said Joe Ludwig at Valve. “VR is just getting started, but it is going to have a big impact on gaming. This update will let us share that experience with more of the Team Fortress community.”
“Valve’s done an incredible job bringing Team Fortress 2 to virtual reality! TF2 is the most-played game in my Steam library, so you can imagine how excited I am to play it in the Rift with all of our backers,” said Palmer Luckey, Founder of Oculus VR, Inc.
In addition to gaining access to the new Virtual Reality mode, owners of the Oculus Rift will also be granted a unique Oculus Rift in-game hat. Steam codes to redeem for this item will be sent out by Oculus.
Oculus Rift is getting ready to close its Kickstarter campaign for dev kits, but we have one more announcement. Developers and fans backing the Oculus Kickstarter will be the first to experience the upcoming free-to-play first-person mech shooter HAWKEN in virtual reality. Meteor Entertainment and Oculus proudly announce that HAWKEN will be one of the first new games to launch with Oculus Rift virtual reality support. HAWKEN launches 12/12/12. HAWKEN will now join Doom 3 BFG as one of the first games that will be compatible with Oculus Rift.
HAWKEN virtual reality aims to deliver a fast paced immersive mech shooter. HAWKEN virtual reality will be a killer showcase of what developers can do with the Oculus SDK and Unreal Engine.
As you probably know, HAWKEN is a multiplayer free-to-play first-person mech shooter. Developed by Adhesive Games and published by Meteor Entertainment, players battle giant armored mechs amongst the ruined cities of a toxic planet. The new PC title is set to revolutionize digital game distribution as well as the mech genre, by delivering fast paced mech combat action and state-of-the-art visuals to hardcore players worldwide on the web through a free-to-play business model where players buy virtual goods rather than paying for the game up front.
Oculus Rift is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever. With an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, the Rift provides a truly immersive experience that allows you to step inside your favorite game and explore new worlds like never before. Oculus will be PAX Prime, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, but it will not be showing off HAWKEN at the show. That will come at a later date.
The long-awaited goal of virtual reality (VR) for video games came a step closer today as Oculus, a developer of virtual reality technology, launched a Kickstarter campaign
for its new headset—the “Oculus Rift.” The campaign aims to speed the distribution of early development kits to game developers and enthusiasts around the world. People can join the initiative by visiting the Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/MLCaEC.
Oculus, led by a number of successful video game veterans and virtual reality visionaries, has set the funding goal at $250,000 USD. A contribution of $300 or more gets the donor a Rift VR headset dev kit, access to the software development kit (SDK) and a copy of Doom 3 BFG, which has already been integrated with the headset. The package enables developers not only to experience VR gaming for the first time, but to easily integrate the Rift with their own games or 3D applications.
“All of us at Oculus are excited to bring truly immersive VR to people who love video games like we do,” said Palmer Luckey, Founder of Oculus. “Virtual reality has been the long sought after Holy Grail, which most people only ever dreamed of… until now. The Rift is a true game changer that will help
make VR the standard for gameplay in the very near future.”
The Rift allows players to step into game. It produces a stereoscopic 3D experience with a huge field of view—110 degrees diagonally—so you don’t see the screen. It also overcomes the resolution and latency problems that have plagued previous VR headsets, where movement in the game lags behind movement of the head.
“We’ve already gotten great feedback from the press and buy-in from major game developers including id Software, Epic, Unity and Valve,” Luckey said. “We know the gaming community will be as excited as we all are when they get their hands on it.”
“I’m a believer,” said Cliff Bleszinski, design director at Epic Games. “We’re extremely excited here at
Epic Games to get the Unreal Engine integrated with Oculus!”
“I think this will be the coolest way to experience games in the future. It will simply be that big,”
offered David Helgason, CEO of Unity.
“It looks incredibly exciting. If anybody’s going to tackle this set of hard problems, we think that
Palmer’s going to do it. So we’d strongly encourage gamers to support this Kickstarter,” said Gabe
Newell, president and owner of Valve.
The developer kits acquired through Kickstarter will include access to the Oculus Developer Center, a community for Oculus developers. The Oculus Rift SDK will include code, samples, and documentation to facilitate integration with any new or existing games, initially on PCs and mobiles, with consoles to follow.
Oculus will be showcasing the Rift at a number of upcoming tradeshows, including Quakecon, Siggraph, GDC Europe, gamescom and Unite.
Any developer or publisher interested in meeting with Oculus should email email@example.com. For more information, visit: www.oculusvr.com