It’s been a long time coming but indie developer VR Bits has finally started its crowd-sourced push for its upcoming virtual reality (VR) space combat videogame, Darkfield. The studio has launched both a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign and a Steam Greenlight campaign for the title. The former hopes to raise $10,000 AUD to fund development while the latter hopes to secure enough positive votes to be sold on Valve’s digital PC store come full release. When Darkfield does launch it will do so with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
Darkfield is a first-person space flight simulation experience that sits players in the cockpit of a space craft and pits them in cooperative missions. Players assume the role of a member of an elite squad of pilots that utilise the best ships and abilities undertaking missions such as destroying fortified enemy bases. The title features four different pilots to select from, with each featuring their own set of abilities.
Outside of the co-op campaign, Darkfield offers a range of other modes. The title features a small exploratory single-player experience in which players can walk around various areas within Darkfield‘s sci-fi world, exploring the history of the conflict players are battling in. A multiplayer team deathmatch option is also available in which players can choose from six different classes of ships to pilot in online skirmishes.
Those interested in Darkfield can currently back $15 to secure a digital copy of the title as well as access to the pre-release version as soon as the Kickstarter campaign draws to a close on 27th October 2014. Backer rewards continue up to $8,000, where one fan will become a producer on the title and take part in weekly Skype meetings about its development. VRFocus will continue to follow Darkfield going forward, reporting back on any updates on the title and its crowd-funding progress.