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Co-op VR Title Black Hat Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Back in April 2014 VRFocus reported on the launch of a demo for a new virtual reality (VR) compatible title named Black Hat Oculus from indie developer Team Future. The title was originally created as part of 2014’s Global Game Jam and featured full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The demo’s release was a sign that the studio was intending to keep working on the project after the jam and this week was proved as much with the launch of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the title.

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Now simply called Black Hat, the two-player experience is looking to raise $4,200 USD by 12th October 2014 in order to aid development. The videogame sees one player use an Oculus Rift to navigate through deadly environments filled with traps while another player tries to guide them by typing instructions. The second player can see obstacles and enemies that the Oculus Rift user isn’t able to see, making teamwork essential as the players try to reach exits. The title boasts a sci-fi art style similar to the VR missions found in the likes of the original Metal Gear Solid. For now the title features local co-op only.

Although Black Hat‘s base goal is set at just $4,200, the campaign’s stretch goals reveal a number of other targets to improve the experience. $4,300 will pay for the Steam submission fees that the title will have to go through, while with $6,000 Black Hat would receive a visual makeover and a new soundtrack. A $8,200 goal would allow for online co-op while $10,200 would allow for five new levels. The developer is planning an alpha release of the title in October 2014 followed by a beta release in January 2015 and the full launch the following March.

Those interested in Black Hat can back $10 to secure a digital copy of the title. Beta access is available for 30 backers at a price of $50. VRFocus will continue to follow the title going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its development.