Last week saw the launch of a Steam Greenlight campaign for an upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible PC, Mac and Linux title named Verde Station. Indie developer Duelboot has since seen a lot of questions asked about the title, which will feature full support for the Oculus Rift VR headset. As such, the developer has issued two updates on the title which reveal a host of new information about it.
As the developer explains, Verde Station is a first-person exploration title that is similar in approach to 2013’s Gone Home, though completely different in terms of narrative. Cast as a protagonist that undergoes a year-long mission to look after vegetation on the Verde space station, players will explore the station, find and examine items and interact with computer terminals as they progress through the story, with Duelboot hinting that the title could have multiple endings.
“What I’m trying to do with Verde Station is create an experience that surprises the player,” the developer explained. “There is a set narrative that I’m trying to tell that I can’t describe without spoiling the entire game. There are no puzzles that stop you from progressing. You explore the station to figure out what’s going on. It’s actually possible to run through the game, skip most of the content, and finish it without really knowing what happened. Of course, that would be missing out on the entire point of the game.”
Fashioning its own Q&A, Duelboot went on to explain that Verde Station would not be free to play, and would likely cost in the region of $10 USD upon release. The title will feature a complete absence of guns and is somewhat inspired visually by Duncan Jone’s Moon and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was also revealed that the developer has almost finished building the title’s areas, and will next be looking to create more content to interact with and improving visuals and audio.
Verde Station is due to launch in autumn 2014. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress and report back with any more updates on its development.