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Kickstarter Launched for Project Torus

Another new virtual reality (VR) videogame has hit crowd-funding website Kickstarter this weekend. Project Torus, developed by VR and technology enthusiast and Reverend Kyle podcast host Kyle Riesenbeck, is hoping to raise $3,200 USD by 16th August 2014 in order to fund development of the title. If successful then the videogame aims to arrive on a range of VR head-mounted displays (HMD) including the likes of the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.

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As the developer explains, Project Torus is a 360-degree first-person shooter experience designed for VR. It is a fast-paced title that takes inspiration from the likes of classics such as Space Invaders and Asteroids. Players control a gun turret centered in a round stadium and must destory a UFO that drops health-draining orbs. The camera is controlled using the given HMD’s head-tracking technology and use one button to fire. Standard versions of the title will also let you play with a mouse on PC or by moving a smartphone around with the mobile version.

Riesenbeck reasons that Project Torus‘ ultimate goal is to be available across the entire range of VR HMDs, including the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, GameFace Android-based HMD, VRelia and smartphone-based devices such as Durovis Dive, Altergaze, Google Cardboard and even the rumoured Samsung GearVR device that is said to be set for reveal later on in the year. This would make the title one of the first VR videogames to acheive this level of cross-platform availablity.

Those interested can currently back $5 to secure a demo of the title as soon as the campaign has ended, as well as access to all versions of Project Torus when they launch. Other backer rewards include having names included in the final release, t-shirts and even a guest spot on Riesenbeck’s podcast. Should all go to plan then the developer hopes to release the title in October 2014. VRFocus will continue to follow Project Torus going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the title.