While there are plenty of horror experiences currently available and in development for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), indie developer White Door Games’ Dreadhalls has stood out from the pack. That’s largely thanks to its unique procedurally generated gameplay which has proved to be genuinely frightening for many players. Now the title has received a Beta release for support for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2).
Update v1.3 brings brings support for the most recent iteration of Oculus VR’s device on PC. “I’ve been fighting with this for way longer than I expected,” the developer revealed on the Oculus VR forums, where the title can be downloaded for free, “so I decided to release what I currently have, even though it’s still far from perfect. At the very least I’ll get some feedback, and hopefully some people might be able to enjoy it.”
White Door Games also notes that, “I’ve been getting the best results when playing in Extended mode and forcing the Rift to 60Hz. I always get judder when in 75Hz (though I don’t believe it to be a matter of performance, since I can reach those FPS comfortably). Direct mode is currently not supported.”
Dreadhalls is a first-person horror experience that features procedurally developed dungeons that change each time players die. Players explore the dank setting, searching for a means of escape as they are hunted by a range of terrifying creatures. The title started life as a entry in the 2013 VRJam and has since turned into a full commercial title, the full release of which is yet to be revealed.
VRFocus will continue to follow Dreadhalls going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its development.