Indie developer Sandar Bos has passed his Steam Greenlight campaign for his upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible experience, Astralium in rapid time. The title secured enough positive votes to be sold on Valve’s digital store come full release in just seven days, having been posted on 25th July 2014 and passed on 1st August. Astralium is now hoping to release on PC towards the end of the year.
As Bos explains, Astralium lacks any specific goals other than to simply explore the surreal and beautiful experience. The title contains a number of different meditative spaces which players can either visit individually or explore as part of a slow-paced guided meditiation programme. The developer describes that experience as ‘more of an art project’ than a traditional videogame, resembling a ‘massage for the mind’.
Astralium is fully compatible with the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD). Bos isn’t the only developer experimenting with more relaxing experiences for the HMD; Unello Design’s Eden River, due to be released this week, also prides itself on simply allowing its players to rest and take in its sights instead of delivering a more intense VR experience. VRFocus will continue to follow Astralium, reporting back with any further updates.