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Ready Player One Inspired The Stacks Released Early

Indie developer Sean Foreman has released his virtual reality (VR) exclusive videogame The Stacks early on PC. The title, which is inspired by the book Ready Player One, was expected to launch in June 2014 but has released for free for all to download. The developer revealed that the experience had taken a year to create with over 2000 hours of development time. It comes with full support for the Oculus Rift VR headset.

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As the Foreman describes on his official blog, The Stacks is comprised of 8 areas connected through a hub environment. Players need to find and collect 90 QR cubes, which can be found in most of the areas. Cubes will play on a sound-loop to hint at their location and will be displayed in the hub world once collected. Areas take inspiration from sci-fi media such as the 2011 Ready Player One book by Ernest Cline as well as the likes of The Matrix.

Foreman revealed that the title is also due to release on the official Oculus VR Share Beta. He promised that the first player to unlock a ‘special ending’ for the title would have their name and a message written into that version’s credits. The ending can be unlocked by finding 3 hidden keys and an egg. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress and report back with all the latest updates.