E3 2014 held a number of reveals for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset, one of the most exciting of which was a prototype version of upcoming sci-fi horror experience Alien: Isolation using the kit. Developer The Creative Assembly was quick to stress that what was on show was only a test bed for VR support and wasn’t confirmed to be included in the full title. That didn’t stop the team from labeling the experience as ‘phenomenal’ when speaking to VRFocus at the event.
Creative lead Al Hope said as much in an interview that will be published later this week. Hope revealed that when the team used the Oculus Rift with the upcoming title it ‘blew our minds’.
“We had an idea that it was gonna be great on the Oculus,” Hope explained. “And, you know, it blew our minds. I’m not ashamed to say that I yelped and almost jumped out of my seat. You know, the experience is phenomenal, the fact that with the latest kit it’s very physical, you can be hiding behind something and then you can just raise yourself up and your character in the game is then raised up and looking over the environment and it’s just a phenomenal new approach to the game. And so I think, like I say, we’re really excited, we’re experimenting and we’re kind of finding our feet and we’ll see where the journey ends.”
Alien: Isolation is a first-person horror experience focused on survival over combat. Players will find themselves hunted by one of the iconic Xenomorph aliens from the film franchise. It is set to arrive on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 7th October 2014. The developer has not yet commented on if it might also support the Project Morpheus VR headset on PlayStation 4 if Oculus Rift support on PC goes ahead. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s development, reporting back with any more updates.