Technology giant Samsung had plenty of surprises up its sleeve for the reveal of its smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR yesterday. Not only is the device compatible with the company’s new Galaxy Note 4, boasting a Quad HD display, but it’s also been developed in partnership with VR specialist and Oculus Rift creator Oculus VR. Several developers have since revealed that Oculus VR is in fact publishing their titles on Gear VR. Now the company has revealed its very first internally developed videogame for the device.
That videogame is VR Quest, a third-person dungeon crawler. While the title isn’t available for hands-on at this week’s IFA event in Berlin, Germany where Gear VR is being shown, it does appear on a list of upcoming titles, which VRFocus has taken a picture of below. It’s clear to see that Oculus is listed as the developer just as Fireproof Games is for Omega Agent and Nestoss is for James’s Legacy.
VRFocus asked after the title on the show floor and was told by a Samsung representative that, in-game, “You are a little person in a fantasy world, using the Bluetooth controller to move around.” Obviously this doesn’t reveal much, although eagle eyed fans may recall spotting it in a thumbnail of a screenshot for Oculus VR’s Oculus Store app, as seen above, announced for Gear VR yesterday. It appears to use a top-down perspective with players battling three monsters.
It’s currently not clear just when we’ll see more of VR Quest, then. While Oculus VR has pledged clear support for Gear VR it’s certainly a surprise to see its first videogame announced for the platform. Could the title also be in the works for the Oculus Rift VR HMD? Will it be a launch title for Gear VR when it hits as an early Innovator Edition in mid-October 2014? VRFocus will continue to follow both the title and the device going forward, reporting back with any further updates.